Frostburg, MD: 1st Grade & Tropisms

First grade students at Beall Elementary in Frostburg, MD – with the help of ASPB member David Puthoff – will investigate their fascination with plants by exploring whether bean plants set on their side or upside-down can re-orient themselves using light and gravity to grow in the correct direction again. Their first exploration is on … Read moreFrostburg, MD: 1st Grade & Tropisms

Feeding the Planet Summit 2015 #FoodFWD

Hosted by Planet Forward*, the 2015 Feeding the Planet Summit (April 23-24) offered cross-curricular options to help foster sustainable solutions for feeding 9.6 billion by 2050. Meeting Infographics feature key input and interactions from all participants. Topics include how research science, diversity breakthroughs, cross-cutting innovation, storytelling, and even parody (e.g. I’m Farming & I Grow … Read moreFeeding the Planet Summit 2015 #FoodFWD

NJ Students to Play with Trees & Dance with Plants

On May 18th, Leeann Thornton will teach third graders in Hopewell, NJ about tree diversity with a drawing and identification game. She also will lead a Plants in Motion workshop where preschoolers in Pennington, NJ will watch some of the Plants in Motion movies and dance like the plants. For more information contact Leeann at … Read moreNJ Students to Play with Trees & Dance with Plants

Recognizing Our Authors

At ASPB, we are privileged to publish the work of a range of authors whose scientific experience and academic leadership have helped establish our journals, Plant Physiology and The Plant Cell, as highly respected sources of knowledge for the advancement of plant science. In 2009, we analyzed citations to our journals for papers published between … Read moreRecognizing Our Authors

Several Distinguished Plant Scientists Elected to National Academy of Sciences 2015 Class

We are pleased to announce that several distinguished plant scientists – most of them members of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) – have been elected as members or foreign associates of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Three members of the … Read moreSeveral Distinguished Plant Scientists Elected to National Academy of Sciences 2015 Class

SURF 2015: the next wave of undergraduate research

The 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program results are in! Congratulations  to all the students listed below. Also, kudos and thanks to each student’s dedicated SURF mentor. SURF AWARD RECIPIENTS Doctoral-Granting Institutions Kevin Bird, University of Missouri   Allison Butt, Worcester Polytechnic Institute   Hailey Cambra, Worcester Polytechnic Institute   Maxwell Choka, Queen’s University   … Read moreSURF 2015: the next wave of undergraduate research

Oregon Farmers Marketing: growers + biologists = improved food crops

Patrons of the Corvallis and the Albany Farmers’ Markets will be invited to share their knowledge as growers or consumers and also to discuss with scientists why and how plant biology improves food crops. From flavor to sustainability, all stakeholders can meet at the booth set up by Jill Bushakra (USDA-ARS) to share ideas on … Read moreOregon Farmers Marketing: growers + biologists = improved food crops

FOIAs Chilling a Scientific Dialog- Your Call to Communicate

One morning in early February I received an unusual email.  It was from my colleague here at University of Florida, Dr. David Oppenheimer.  It simply said, “FYI”, and was followed by a note from university General Counsel that email records were demanded back to 2012 under auspices of Florida Sunshine, or Freedom of Information Act … Read moreFOIAs Chilling a Scientific Dialog- Your Call to Communicate

Eric Hamilton Awarded 2015 ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

Eric Hamilton, from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), has been awarded the 2015 ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship. He will spend 10 weeks this summer training as a science journalist at the Milwaukee Journal- Sentinel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Eric is a PhD candidate in the Plant and Microbial Biosciences program at WUSTL, … Read moreEric Hamilton Awarded 2015 ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

We heard you: Naming the new online platform for the plant science community – Round Two

This past February, we asked for ideas to name the new online home for the plant science community (due to launch this summer) that we are building in partnership with the Global Plant Council. Our community’s creativity was amply demonstrated in the great ideas we received. We reduced the initial list to the most viable options … Read moreWe heard you: Naming the new online platform for the plant science community – Round Two

2015 Borlaug CAST Communication Award Winner: Dr. Channapatna S. Prakash

We are pleased to announce that our nominee, Channapatna Prakash of Tuskegee University, was named the 2015 Borlaug Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Communication Award for outstanding efforts using his research and communication skills to promote food production. The announcement was made this morning at a National Press Club event in Washington, DC. Borlaug … Read more2015 Borlaug CAST Communication Award Winner: Dr. Channapatna S. Prakash

ROOTOPOWER School Workshop: ‘Vegetables do not grow in the fridge’

On March 26th CEBAS-CSIC, the coordinating partner of the European Project ROOTOPOWER, organized an educational workshop in the Primary School ‘Maristas’, Murcia (Spain). With this activity, young students were able to put themselves in the shoes a scientist and learn how science can help to improve our lives. ROOTOPOWER (www.rootopower.eu), a Knowledge Based Bio-Economy project … Read moreROOTOPOWER School Workshop: ‘Vegetables do not grow in the fridge’

ASPB Mid-Western Regional Section Meeting Recap: Congratulations to all awardees

The ASPB Midwestern regional section held its annual meeting on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO.  Over 150 attendees from 37 institutions across the Midwest were present for 32 oral presentations and over 70 posters.  The presentations were primarily given by undergraduate and … Read moreASPB Mid-Western Regional Section Meeting Recap: Congratulations to all awardees

An Egg-speriment: volunteering with ASPB at the White House Easter Egg Roll

I did an experiment this week. In and of itself, this is nothing unique for a graduate student. My experiment was brief, has not been replicated, and is based on a small sample size. But the results are too good to not share. I started by asking my lab mates, “Who wants to plant some … Read moreAn Egg-speriment: volunteering with ASPB at the White House Easter Egg Roll

2015 Stephen Hales Prize Winner: Dr. Bob Goldberg

Dr. Bob Goldberg is well known for his research contributions to plant biology, particularly in the area of reproductive development. He has generated fundamental discoveries that have also resulted in applications in industry, such as the development of the Barnase-Barstar male sterility system together with PGS in Belgium. Bob later served as cofounder and director … Read more2015 Stephen Hales Prize Winner: Dr. Bob Goldberg

2015 Martin Gibbs Medal Winner: Dr. Craig Pikaard

Dr. Craig Pikaard, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Indiana University, Bloomington, is honored for his seminal work and important discoveries in the fields of nucleolar dominance, gene silencing, and the role and function of the atypical polymerases IV and V. Craig will convene the Martin Gibbs Medal Symposium at Plant Biology 2016. The Martin Gibbs Medal, … Read more2015 Martin Gibbs Medal Winner: Dr. Craig Pikaard

2015 Fellow of ASPB Award: Dr. Caren Chang and Dr. Keiko Torii

Dr. Caren Chang is well known for her pioneering work in ethylene signaling, and she has continued to contribute significantly in this area by elucidating signaling mechanisms and physical connections among the different players in the ethylene-signaling  pathway. By helping to fill major long-standing gaps in the pathway, Caren’s work has provided new advances in … Read more2015 Fellow of ASPB Award: Dr. Caren Chang and Dr. Keiko Torii

2015 Excellence in Education Award Winner: Dr. Stanley Roux

The 2015 Excellence in Education Award acknowledges the outstanding contributions of Dr. Stanley Roux. During a career spanning more than thirty years, Stan has made a considerable impact at his institution by expanding the curriculum while developing and adopting innovative pedagogical methods. Both in the classroom and in his laboratory, Stan has emphasized meaningful hands … Read more2015 Excellence in Education Award Winner: Dr. Stanley Roux

2015 Eric E. Conn Young Investigator Award Winner: Dr. Joe Louis

Dr. Joe Louis is recognized for his significant contributions to the field of plant insect interactions, as well as for his demonstrated excellence in outreach, public service, mentoring and teaching. Joe’s research work has shown that specific elicitors delivered by insects are recognized by plants to induce innate defense mechanisms. His research publications are in … Read more2015 Eric E. Conn Young Investigator Award Winner: Dr. Joe Louis

2015 Corresponding Membership Nominees: Dr. Renate Scheibe and Dr. Kazuo Shinozaki

Corresponding Member status is conferred by election on the annual ASPB ballot. This honor, initially given in 1932, provides life membership and Society publications to distinguished plant biologists outside the United States. Renate Scheibe, University of Osnabrueck, Germany Renate Scheibe is a leading contributor to our understanding of redox regulation in plants, extending from metabolic … Read more2015 Corresponding Membership Nominees: Dr. Renate Scheibe and Dr. Kazuo Shinozaki