PlantingScience Fellows Needed for Digging Deeper (with NSF)

ASPB and the Botanical Society of America (BSA) are recruiting 20 PlantingScience Fellows to participate in the Digging Deeper Project. Application Deadline – March 15, 2016 Apply Here Digging Deeper: Developing a Model for Collaborative Teacher/Scientist Professional Development The Digging Deeper project will develop, implement, and test a professional development (PD) model whereby teachers and … Read more

PlantingScience – springing into a new term of research in the classroom

ASPB partners with PlantingScience to support authentic plant science research in middle and high school classrooms across the United States and Canada. The spring session kicked off Monday, February 15. Already, almost 120 student teams from 11 schools are online and introducing themselves to their scientist mentors. Many other schools will be coming online soon. … Read more

Ugrad Contest: Share Your Story on Urban Sustainability

Three grand prize winners will take home $500 and an all expenses paid trip to New York City — the most populated city in the U.S. — to visit the U.N. headquarters in November 2016 and share their story of urban sustainability with world leaders. Sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Planet Forward Storyfest 2016 is looking for stories about … Read more

Marketing Insights to Enhance Public Engagement with Science

Rebecca Davis, CEO of Ovington, is a marketing professional with a particular focus on the area of public engagement with science. Rebecca spoke at the February 3, 2016, session of the Public Engagement with Science at Societies (PES@S) working group. With Rebecca’s marketing overview and then discussion guidance, the working group focused on these guiding … Read more

Happy 15th Birthday, Wikipedia! (Relax…No need to cite it. Just write it.)

In 2015, ASPB established a partnership with Wiki Edu. This Foundation’s resources and dynamic staff help us offer the educators and students in our community an engaging, valid tool that supports critical thinking and writing about plant biology. The element of publishing ‘for real’ is a welcome motivator for all. Yet some folks have valid … Read more

Undergraduate Science Writing Impact: Why & How with Wiki Edu

Early in 2015, ASPB established a partnership with Wiki Edu. This post features some simple, yet critical details for understanding and using Wiki Edu to help your students think and write more effectively about plant science. The insights shared here come from  Barbara Alonso (photo), Lab Manager for the Lemaux Lab at University of California-Berkeley. … Read more

ASPB Partner, Wiki Edu, offers new handbook for writing species articles

ASPB maintains an active partnership with Wiki Edu in order to expand the quality, depth and breadth or plant science information on Wikipedia. An equally critical goal is to mentor undergraduates to use real-life publication opportunities for their science writing skills. Here is another exciting tool for supporting these goals: The Wikipedia Year of Science … Read more

Professional Development: Effective Teaching Strategies for College Biology

Are you a current or soon-to-be biology instructor seeking professional development to engage your students and increase their understanding and appreciation of the life sciences? Consider Effective Teaching Strategies for College Biology, a new online course for you to explore and practice effective teaching strategies for undergraduate biology that engage students and improve learning outcomes. … Read more

Student Research: Fall 2015 Update

ASPB collaborates with, a learning community where scientists provide online mentoring to student teams in middle school through undergraduate settings so students can design and think through their own inquiry projects. Scroll to the end of this post for an impressive list of who is doing what. The fall 2015 online meeting space was … Read more

Our STEM Workforce and The Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education Summit

New visions and multi-faceted collaborations to creatively, efficiently, and collaboratively remaster STEM higher education and its K-12 pipeline. The Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education Summit presented by the STEMconnector® Higher Education Council and sponsored by Cengage Learning, myCollegeOptions®, and Monsanto was a dynamic event aimed at advancing a national (US) effort to meet the education … Read more

Supporting the Pipeline: K-12 STEM Educators

It’s critical to consider the education of those who will teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in the K-12 pipeline. One resource for supporting the development of effective STEM teachers is UTeach. Here is an overview from their About page: UTeach is an innovative university-based teacher preparation program working to increase the number of qualified … Read more

Generation Agriculture: Who Will Feed the World in the Next Generation?

As noted in and blogged with permission from Friday Notes, CAST: Reports, surveys, loud headlines–Who Will Feed the Nine Billion? After observing young people in FFA, at the World Food Prize, in university activities, and at many other occasions, we have confidence that Generation Agriculture will rise to the occasion. In the meantime, the stories … Read more

Teaching with Wikipedia: collective intelligence, epistemology, digital literacy, and addressing bias

To support ASPB’s ongoing partnership with Wiki Edu (see this blogpost) and encourage the successful adoption of Wiki Edu resources, here is some hard-earned insight on what works (and what needs work) when you are… Teaching (more than just) writing with Wikipedia Original post by Eryk Salvaggio Zach McDowell, who has taught with Wikipedia at the … Read more

PlantingScience Awarded $2.9M Grant from the National Science Foundation

ASPB collaborates on this science teacher training and development program. The Botanical Society of America (BSA), the American Society of Plant Biologists and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) have been awarded a $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Discovery Research PreK-12 program for further development and support for the middle and … Read more

Collaborating for Creating Connections – Biology in Action!

ASPB actively seeks and sustains collaborative connections which support evidence-based plant science instruction and discipline-based education research. To that end, ASPB is pleased to serve as a Conference Collaborator ( for Creating Connections – Biology in Action! As Conference Collaborator we promote the event and disseminate its outcomes in tandem with our affiliates in the … Read more

ASPB Collaborates: the Promoting Active Learning & Mentoring Network Grant

ASPB joins the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and Genetics Society of America (GSA) to establish the new Promoting Active Learning & Mentoring (PALM) Network grant program for improving undergraduate classroom teaching and learning outcomes. Sue Wick (University of Minnesota) is the lead PI. Sue is a member of ASPB and ASCB. The program … Read more

Disciplinary Societies Affiliation: Next Generation Careers – Innovation in Environmental Biology Education

ASPB is joining forces with other societies on an NSF incubator grant. Career development options – Next Generation Careers – Innovation in Environmental Biology Education (NGC) will seed a new network to support workforce development for college graduate career progression into environmental biology, including fields such as ecology, evolution, conservation, and natural resource management. New … Read more

WikiConference USA: Watch Online

The Wiki Education Foundation was a proud sponsor of WikiConference USA 2015 (October 9-11) in Washington, D.C. at the National Archives. Wiki Edu invites faculty to teach content mastery, research, and writing skills by creating a course or assignment where students write or edit articles for Wikipedia. Wiki Edu offers a plethora of support to … Read more

U.S. Botanic Garden + ASPB = Creating a Plant Presence

ASPB is leading a team to produce public outreach and education materials for use in the U.S. Botanic Garden, the USA Science and Engineering Festival and beyond. The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) in Washington, DC, and ASPB – through its Education Committee, will collaborate on a new project to educate the public about the diverse … Read more

PB15: Plant Biology Education Research

Education Minisymposium (#27) Wednesday 3:45-5:10, Room 101 I-J Berkley Walker: The Sounds of Science collaboration between plant biologists and music composition students Sue Wick:  Sharing the Wealth – Mentoring other colleagues and the next generation of undergraduate teachers in evidence-based (scientific) teaching. Marian Quain:  Introducing basic biotechnology teaching techniques in high schools in Jessamina Blum: Introducing … Read more