NSF to Update Merit Review Procedures – Impact on Broader Impacts?

NSF is offering a draft of a new Proposal and Award Policies Procedure Guide. The guide is expected to ‘go live’ in January 2017.  An active leader in the National Alliance for Broader Impacts recently noted that this proposed guide has some subtle yet rather interesting changes in the merit review wording. The biggest question … Read more

The 2016 Plant BLOOME Grant

Winning Resources for Plant Biology Learning Objectives, Outreach Materials & Education The BLOOME is awarded to Society members with education and outreach projects that advance youth, student, or general public knowledge and appreciation of plant biology. On behalf of ASPB, the Education Committee is pleased to announce these four projects selected for the 2016 Plant … Read more

Teaching Tools in Plant Biology articles and resources available on Plantae

Did you know that you can now access the Teaching Tools in Plant Biology articles on Plantae? Teaching Tools in Plant Biology is a popular feature of The Plant Cell, but it’s also a little different than the usual Plant Cell content. Because of the way it is hosted on the journal website, it sometimes … Read more

Grad Students & Postdocs – The Masters of Plant Science Team Needs You!

Interested in mentoring young scientists (via a robust online platform) as they devise and conduct authentic research? Apply now to be one of 12 Masters of Plant Science Team members for the 2016-17 academic year. One year as a member of the Master Plant Science Team has the potential to positively affect the rest of … Read more

The Year of Science is coming to Plant Biology 2016

Improving Wikipedia’s Science Content Collaboratively A major component of the 2016 Year of Science (YoS) is engaging scientists to work with Wikipedia, and improve Wikipedia’s science content. One way Wikipedia is doing that is by partnering with major scientific societies for a series of ‘edit-a-thons,’ workshops, and talks at conferences throughout the year. This includes … Read more

Fascination of Plants Day 2016 — Seeds grown on Earth and in space!

Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) is celebrated around the world on May 18th.  Although this worldwide event runs every other year and the next one is planned for 2017, smaller and local events were encouraged per individual and local interest on 2016. What a better way to celebrate FoPD than learning about the awesomeness of … Read more

SURF’s Up! 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows

The ASPB SURF program funds undergraduate students to conduct 10 consecutive weeks of plant biology research with a mentor during the early part of their college career.  This year’s SURF recipients will present their research during the undergraduate and regular poster sessions at Plant Biology 2017. Congratulations to these 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows and … Read more

Getting Professional Communication down to a Science

The Void in STEM Education I never thought a break from science courses would actually make me a better scientist. As a Biotechnology major and now graduate student, my college curriculum focused heavily on subjects like microbiology, statistics, and chemistry- all great courses that supported my research. Over the past years, I’ve noticed my research … Read more

Edit Wikipedia at Plant Biology 2016

Wikipedia is often the first place people go to learn about new science… so let’s work together edit it to reflect the best in plant science! Attend the ASPB Edit-a-thon to help ensure this powerful tool for communicating science to the general public is as accurate, as balanced and as up to date as possible. Over a light … Read more

World of 7 Billion Video Contest: 60-second Insights

2015 – 2016 World of 7 Billion Video Contest View the winning 60-second videos  online now. This year, entries came from over 3,800 students from schools in 28 countries and 42 U.S. states plus Puerto Rico and American Samoa. Theme Options: Deforestation – erosion, clearing for agriculture/pasture, impacts on climate, biodiversity or habitat loss Public … Read more

Newest Teaching Tool: Rhythms of Life: The Plant Circadian Clock, by Katharine Hubbard and Antony Dodd

The first of the Teaching Tools Competition winning entries has been published. The latest in this series, “Rhythms of Life: The Plant Circadian Clock” was written by Katharine Hubbard (Lecturer in Biological Science, University of Hull) and Antony Dodd (Royal Society University Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol). This teaching tool explores circadian … Read more

Plants Move. Plants Matter. Thousands join the Plant Movement at the 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival

ASPB joined with the US Botanic Garden (USBG) to collaborate with the Botanical Society of America (BSA), Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Society of Economic Botany and Rutgers University in order to organize a 5-part, 600 square foot exhibit at the April 15-17, 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF). Over 365,000 people attended the … Read more

Calvin Cycle, Calvin-Benson Cycle or other?

How do you describe the cycle that involves carboxylation and regeneration of ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate that was elucidated by the work of Melvin Calvin, Andrew Benson and James Bassham? As a student, I learned that this is the Calvin Cycle, but a quick survey of the literature reveals that it is also described as the Calvin-Benson … Read more

Behind the scenes with Brilliant Botany’s Claire Hopkins

Many scientists are exploring the use of videos and video blogs (vlogs) for science communication. I asked Claire Hopkins, creator of the Brilliant Botany videos and website, how she got started making science videos and if she has any advice for getting started in science communication.  Here are her replies. (I also invite you to … Read more

ASPB and the 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll

We are proud to partner again with the National Park Foundation, to support the 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll on March 28th at President’s Park on the South Lawn of the White House. In addition to having volunteers on site, ASPB will have several plant science experts, the My Life as a Plant activity book, and … Read more

The PALM Network Spring 2016 Fellows

  Inaugural class sets high standards for a growing program. Mentoring Matters Our Society takes an active and collaborative role in the Promoting Active Learning & Mentoring (PALM) Network. PALM funds one-on-one, long-term mentorships for faculty or postdocs new to the effective biology education approaches outlined in the Vision and Change recommendations. PALM Fellows work … Read more

Scott Kelly: a small step for a man…ending plant blindness – everywhere

This entry is re-blogged from NASA’s recent post. On Jan. 16, 2016, Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly shared photographs of a blooming zinnia flower in the Veggie plant growth system aboard the International Space Station. Kelly wrote, “Yes, there are other life forms in space! #SpaceFlower #YearInSpace” This flowering crop experiment began on Nov. 16, 2015, … Read more

Growing curiosity: Using plants to engage students in hands-on science education

By Courtney Price, Education & Outreach Specialist, Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center & Center for Applied Plant Sciences In order to engage students in the learning process it is important to provide opportunities for hands-on activities that bring to life important science concepts. However, for some educators the task of developing new lesson plans that demonstrate … Read more

Fascination of Plants Day 2015 – Success Stories Published!

 Now available:  Fascination of Plants Day Success Stories 2015 Thanks to the voluntary contributions and hard work of many people in the plant science community around the world the Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) 2015 was a huge success.  This publication celebrates how so much diversity –  in terms of individual demographics, activity content and … Read more