2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Anna Dobritsa

We are pleased to announce that Anna Dobritsa has received one of our seven Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards. Anna is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Center for Applied Plant Sciences at Ohio State University.  As an assistant professor, Anna works on understanding the mechanism for formation and patterning of exine, … Read more

2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Carla Antonio

We are pleased to announce that Carla Antonio has received one of our seven Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards. Carla is currently a Principal Investigator in the Plant Metabolomics Laboratory, Plant Sciences Division at Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologica (ITQB), in Oeiras, Portugal. Carla has established her own group in Plant Metabolomics. She was contracted as a … Read more

2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Emily Indriolo

We are pleased to announce that Emily Indriolo has received one of our seven Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards.  Emily is an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University. Emily’s professional obligations in the Department of Biology at NMSU are as follows: Research; supported by receiving extramural grants that include the training and mentoring of postdoctoral … Read more

2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Andrea Eveland

We are pleased to announce that Andrea Eveland has received one of our seven Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards.  Andrea is an Assistant Member and Principal Investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.  She is currently working on four collaborative proposals, which she anticipates submitting for federal funding within the next few months.  In addition, Andrea is … Read more

2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Lucia Strader

We are pleased to announce that Lucia Strader has received one of our seven Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards. Lucia Strader is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St.Louis.  Her professional obligations include teaching, university service, and service to the greater scientific community.  At Washington University, she developed an inquiry-based … Read more

2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Aruna Kilaru

We are pleased to announce that Aruna Kilaru has received one of our seven Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards. Aruna Kilaru is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at East Tennessee State University.  Aruna joined as a tenure­‐track assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at East Tennessee State University … Read more

2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Sowmya Subramanian

We are pleased to announce that Sowmya Subramanian has received one of seven Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards. Sowmya Subramanian is currently an Associate Research Scientist at the New Mexico Consortium.  Sowmya’s research focuses on understanding and finding solutions to factors that affect photosynthetic productivity. Photosynthesis is a complex phenomenon with several kinetically slow processes in … Read more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

2015 Early Career Award WInner: Dr. Daniel Chitwood

The Early Career Award acknowledges outstanding research by a scientist generally not more than seven years post-Ph.D. This year’s Early Career Award recipient is Dr. Daniel Chitwood, who is recognized for his extraordinary contributions to the systems analysis of large, diverse and complex data sets that encompass morphological and 3 molecular traits. The methods that … Read more

2015 Dennis R. Hoagland Award Winner: Dr. Maria Harrison

Dr. Maria Harrison, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Science, has pioneered studies of phosphate acquisition in arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbioses using the model legume Medicago truncatula. In particular, her findings that phosphate transport is linked to maintenance of symbiosis and that plants use classic hormone signaling pathways for regulation of the AM symbiosis have ushered … Read more

2015 Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award Winner: Dr. Wendy Boss

Wendy F. Boss, North Carolina State University, Raleigh This year’s Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award for lifelong service in plant biology goes to Wendy F. Boss. Wendy is recognized for her trailblazing three decades of work in the particularly challenging fields of phosphoinositide biochemistry and inositol phosphate signaling pathways; for her outstanding roles in … Read more

2015 Charles Albert Shull Award Winner: Dr. Cyril Zipfel

Cyril Zipfel, who heads The Sainsbury Laboratory, is the 2015 recipient of the Charles Albert Shull Award. Cyril played a leading role in the discovery of pattern-triggered immunity in plants, including the characterization of the bacterial peptides flagellin (flg22) and EF-Tu (elf18) as pattern-associated molecular markers that activate signaling by the receptor-like kinases FLS2 and … Read more

2015 ASPB Innovation Prize for Agricultural Technology Award Winners

The inaugural 2015 ASPB Innovation Prize for Agricultural Technology is awarded jointly to Sherri Brown, David Fischhoff, Mike Koziel, and Fred Perlak. Their leadership of pioneering research and development teams led to the engineering of commercially viable varieties of cotton and corn that express derivatives of insecticidal proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis. The insect-resistant crops that … Read more