It was a quiet morning in August. I sat in my apartment, sipping coffee and sifting through emails. “We are seeking early career scientists . . . who are eager to participate in a facilitated ‘visioning’ exercise on the future of plant science training.” Uncertain, but intrigued by what the experience would entail, I submitted … Read morePathways Not Pipelines: Reflections on a Plant Science Research Network Workshop from an Early Career Scientist
Why did you join ASPB? Why do you continue to be a member? We need to know the answers to these questions. As I mentioned in my first President’s Letter, there has been a slow but continuous erosion in membership over the past decade. It is vital that we understand what you value most about … Read morePresident’s Letter: Why Are You an ASPB Member?
The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is a not-for-profit member society, and the publisher of two the top plant science journals, The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology. ASPB is also a member of the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA). Like other society-published journals, ASPB’s journals provide authors with the opportunity to have their work … Read moreTop altmetric scoring papers from The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology – 2017
The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is a leader in supporting career development opportunities for a wide variety of plant scientists at all different career stages and different institution types. One prominent group of members are those associated with Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs), either as faculty or students at PUIs; graduate students or post-docs … Read moreASPB Has a New Section for Primarily Undergraduate Institutions
Join us this February in Tucson, AZ at Phenome 2018 – the nexus of technology, data, plant biology, and community! Register now at phenome2018.org. The Phenome 2018 organizers welcome abstracts from researchers across the phenomics space, including plant biologists, engineers, data and computer scientists, ecologists, agronomists, breeders, and our many allies. Learn more about the … Read morePhenome 2018 speakers, sessions, and workshop topics
One of the many ways that ASPB supports plant science is to provide professional development opportunities for plant scientists now and for future generations. We recently asked 10 plant scientists to share their stories with us and to tell us about how ASPB has impacted their career and research. On #GivingTuesday, help us expand our … Read morePlant Scientists Share Their ASPB Stories for #GivingTuesday
Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – November 21, 2017 On November 17, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Biological Technologies Office (BTO) announced a Proposers Day for the newly created Advanced Plant Technologies (APT) Program. The Proposers Day, in support of a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), will be held on December 12, 2017 at the … Read moreDARPA BTO Announces Proposers Day for Advanced Plant Technologies Program
The Time to Recognize and Honor Excellence among Our Fellow Plant Scientists is Approaching The 2018 Call for Award Nominations will be sent to all ASPB members on January 3, 2018, and nominations will be due by Wednesday, February 14. ASPB encourages you to participate in the 2018 awards program by nominating highly deserving individuals. … Read moreNominations Opening Soon for 2018 ASPB Awards!
It seems like only yesterday that the members of ASPB entrusted me with the presidency. My year as president-elect has flown by. When I was elected, I wondered, what exactly does a president-elect actually do, and is it necessary? A year later, I am pleased to say that the system devised by my predecessors is … Read morePresident’s Letter: A Challenging Time to Assume the Presidency
Are you interested in science writing? Do you want to help people understand complex scientific issues? Apply for the ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program and learn how to increase public understanding of science and technology. Fellows in the 10-week 2018 summer program will work as reporters, researchers, and production assistants in mass … Read moreASPB/AAAS 2018 Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program
On September 22, ASPB participated in an evening of outreach at the United States Botanical Garden in Washington, D.C., as an exhibitor at the annual D.C. Teachers’ Night hosted by USBG and the District of Columbia Environmental Education Consortium. The evening features dozens of exhibitors with hands-on activities, lesson plans, and resources for K-12 teachers … Read moreDC Teachers’ Night at the U.S. Botanic Garden: An Evening Filled with Plant-astic ASPB Outreach Activities
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Needs Stakeholder Input on Food, Agriculture Priorities The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting input from stakeholders regarding research, extension, and education priorities in food and agriculture. A series of four in-person listening sessions hosted in different regions across the country and submission of written comments … Read moreNIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives
A research community thrives best when it acts with a consensus voice and agrees to commonly held priorities. An effort to achieve such consensus within the plant science community was first launched with the 2013 publication of the document Unleashing a Decade of Innovation in Plant Science: A Vision for 2015–2025 (http://bit.ly/DecadalVision). The Decadal Vision … Read morePresident’s Letter: Where Do We Go from Here?
Congratulations to the inaugural class of the ASPB Conviron Scholars Program. These 21 scholars were selected from a strongly competitive group of over 150 applicants. Read more about each awardee. Special thanks to Conviron for making this program possible through their financial support. Mary Modupe Adewole, University of Ibadan, Osun State, Nigeria Beverly Agtuca, University of … Read moreAnnouncing the Inaugural Class of the ASPB Conviron Scholars Program
Plant Biology 2017 welcomed students in Honolulu with an exclusive undergraduate poster session. Among those undergraduates represented, I had the pleasure of meeting many talented young researchers at the poster session, and was able to chat in depth with 14 of the ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) awardees at both the undergraduate poster session … Read moreSURFing at the Undergraduate Poster Session in Honolulu
At Plant Biology 2017, the Biology Learning Objectives, Outreach Materials & Education (BLOOME) awards were the focus of the Education Booth. These grants are awarded on a competitive basis to fund innovative ideas to increase education and outreach projects focusing on plant science literacy. Four previous award winners came to Hawaii to share the products of … Read moreThe ASPB Education Booth: A BLOOMEing Good Time
Publications are important, but these days it takes more than a couple of nice papers to move your career to the next level. Also, increasingly scientists are looking outside the (academic) box for their next career move. ASPB provides many ways through which scientist can build their careers and diversify their skills. Here are a … Read moreCareer-building opportunities for plant scientists – apply now!
Guotian Li, Rashmi Jain, and Mawsheng Chern, featured first authors of The Sequences of 1504 Mutants in the Model Rice Variety Kitaake Facilitate Rapid Functional Genomic Studies Guotian Li Current Position: Deputy Director of Grass Genetics/Project Scientist at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, a joint position between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, … Read moreRecognizing featured Plant Cell first authors, June 2017
Are you a graduate student or post-doctoral researcher interested in a chance to get involved and trained in K-12 outreach? Would you like to mentor student research teams, without ever leaving your desk? Do you have the time to commit to mentor 2-3 teams in BOTH the Fall and Spring PlantingScience Sessions? ASPB invites its members to join … Read moreJoin the 2017-2018 PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team
In July 2017, PlantingScience hosted a professional development workshop at the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) in Colorado Springs, CO as part of the PlantingScience: Digging Deeper Together grant funded by NSF and lead by efforts from BSCS, BSA, and ASPB. The workshop included 24 high school teachers from around the country with 12 plant … Read morePlantingScience Professional Development Workshop Strengthens Classroom + Early Career Scientist Connections