ASPB Names 2019 Award Recipients

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 awards, which honor excellence in research, education, outreach, and service.

Honors to be presented at Plant Biology 2019 in San Jose, California

Adolph E. Gude, Jr. Award
Maarten Chrispeels,
University of California, San Diego

ASPB Innovation Prize for Agricultural Technology
David Mackill, University of California, Davis

Charles Albert Shull Award
Siobhan Brady, University of California, Davis

Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award
Bob Buchanan, University of California, Berkeley

Early Career Award
James Schnable, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Enid MacRobbie Corresponding Membership Nominees
Corresponding Member status is conferred by election on the Society’s annual ballot. This honor, initially given in 1932, provides life membership to distinguished plant biologists outside the United States. The following individuals have been nominated this year:
Robert Furbank, Australian National University, Acton
Yi-Fang Tsay, Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Andreas Weber, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany

Eric E. Conn Young Investigator Award
Craig Schenck,
Michigan State University, East Lansing

Excellence in Education Award
Tara Phelps-Durr,
Radford University, Radford, VA

Fellow of ASPB Award
James Carrington, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO
Jill Deikman, Bayer Crop Sciences, Woodland, CA
Karen Koster, University of South Dakota, Vermillion
Scott Peck, University of Missouri, Columbia
Doris Wagner, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Martin Gibbs Medal
Robert Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Stephen Hales Prize
Richard Vierstra, Washington University, St. Louis


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ASPB is a professional scientific society, headquartered in Rockville, MD, that is devoted to the advancement of the plant sciences worldwide. With a membership of some 3,000 plant scientists from throughout the United States and around the world, the Society self-publishes two of the most widely cited plant science journals The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology, and in partnership with SEB and Wiley has launched Plant Direct. ASPB also hosts the annual Plant Biology conference, and it powers the Plantae digital ecosystem for plant scientists. For more information about ASPB, please visit Also follow ASPB on Facebook at and on Twitter @ASPB.

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