The USDA ARS Corvallis, Oregon stations participated in International Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) on June 18, 2016. This activity was launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (ESPO) in cooperation with the American Society of Plant Biologists. The goal of FoPD is to show all the different ways plants play roles … Read more Corvallis USDA ARS participates in International Fascination of Plants Day
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 NSF to Update Merit Review Procedures – Impact on Broader Impacts?
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 The 2016 Plant BLOOME Grant
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 Grad Students & Postdocs – The Masters of Plant Science Team Needs You!
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 The Year of Science is coming to Plant Biology 2016
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 SURF’s Up! 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows
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 Edit Wikipedia at Plant Biology 2016
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 World of 7 Billion Video Contest: 60-second Insights
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 Plants Move. Plants Matter. Thousands join the Plant Movement at the 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival
The National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) offers a community of practice to develop sustainable and scalable institutional capacity and engagement in K-16+ broader impacts activity. NABI supports communicating science and broadening participation in research to improve the world. NABI and NSF interface closely, including at this Summit. Click here for the 2016 Summit Twitter … Read more Broader Impacts: sharing science for a better world
The 2016 Planet Forward Summit at George Washington University features mayors, public and private sector leaders, journalists, academics, students, innovators and entrepreneurs. Together these participants spend two full days (April 21-22) discovering and discussing the stories, innovations and people who will transform our cities in the coming decades. The Summit also features the winners of … Read more Growing Sustainable Cities
“Let’s Celebrate,” was the theme of the 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll on March 28. This action-packed, health-oriented day celebrated the holiday and the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. From our spot down by the First Lady’s garden, the ASPB booth celebrated plants with the happy youngsters and families who visited during each of … Read more White House Easter Egg Roll 2016: #Let’s Celebrate…Plants!
Maria Sorkin is a 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship recipient with ASPB. As part of the program all SURFers must communicate their research with non-experts (preferably peers) in an engaging manner. So Maria created the Imgur post: My ASPB SURF Plant Biology Research Project In her post, Maria explains, Last summer, I used my funds … Read more SURF’s Up with Maria Sorkin on Imgur
Here’s a peek at the outreach activities ASPB hosted at the 2016 AAAS Family Science Days event in Washington, DC (Feb 13 & 14). Photo credits: Rachel Binder
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 The PALM Network Spring 2016 Fellows
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 Scott Kelly: a small step for a man…ending plant blindness – everywhere
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 Fascination of Plants Day 2015 – Success Stories Published!
Are you too Early-Career to win something in Stockholm this December? Maybe not… This Prize was created to recognize that global economic health is dependent upon a vibrant research community and we need to encourage our best and brightest to continue in their chosen fields of research. Deadline: August 1, 2016 About the Prize Science/AAAS … Read more Apply: Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists
ASPB partners with the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE) community on various initiatives. With PULSE, Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) is offering three sessions of a Summer 2016 institute at The Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland, for early and mid-career STEM faculty. Applications due March 11, 2016. Session Options: Institute I: July 12–July 17 Institute … Read more Apply: Project Kaleidoscope Summer Leadership Institute for STEM Faculty
Dr. Chris Martine (Bucknell University) discovered a species of Australian bush tomato and named it after Mark Watney, the main character of Hollywood blockbuster, The Martian (based on Andy Weir’s novel of the same name). As a scientist dedicated to eliminating society’s tendency toward ‘plant blindness,‘ Chris took this opportunity to trumpet how very non-optional … Read more Solanum watneyi & an Oscar-worthy performance by a plant scientist