Funding Opportunity: NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Acceleration Hub

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released its fiscal year (FY) 2020 solicitation for the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program.  In addition to accepting regular project proposals for grants through the IGE program, NSF for this competition will also be accepting proposals for a one-time cooperative agreement award to create an IGE Innovation Acceleration … Read more Funding Opportunity: NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Acceleration Hub

National Academy of Sciences 2020 member highlight – Alice Barkan

By Yun-Ting Kao (Plantae Fellow) This year, nine plant scientists have been elected to the National Academy of  Science. We asked the newly elected plant scientists about how the news of their election to the NAS reached them, what inspires their research, and for their advice for early career researchers. Alice Barkan is a Professor … Read more National Academy of Sciences 2020 member highlight – Alice Barkan

The Transparency Project: Next Stop—Nominations

President’s Letter July/August 2020 In this President’s Letter, I would like to update you on the status of revising the nomination process for elected leadership positions at  ASPB. In response to a desire to develop a ballot nomination process with a dedicated focus on increasing inclusion and diversity, last fall then-President Rob Last formed an … Read more The Transparency Project: Next Stop—Nominations

National Academy of Sciences 2020 member highlight – Elizabeth Ainsworth

By Yun-Ting Kao (Plantae Fellow) This year, nine plant scientists have been elected to the National Academy of  Science. We asked the newly elected plant scientists about how the news of their election to the NAS reached them, what inspires their research, and for their advice for early career researchers. Elizabeth (Lisa) Ainsworth is the … Read more National Academy of Sciences 2020 member highlight – Elizabeth Ainsworth

Funding Opportunity: AFRI Releases RFA for Foundational and Applied Science Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently released a request for applications (RFA) for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational and Applied Science (FAS) program. The fiscal year 2021 and 2022 program will distribute approximately $290 million each year to support research and extension proposals to … Read more Funding Opportunity: AFRI Releases RFA for Foundational and Applied Science Program

ASPB’s 2020 Election Results

Many thanks to those members who took the time to vote this spring; and hearty congratulations to our newly elected Board of Directors member: Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh (incoming president-elect) and Program Committee member and future Board of Directors member Stacey Harmer (incoming secretary-elect)! Additionally, the recognition of Asaph Aharoni, Hsou-min Li, and Hitoshi Sakakibara as … Read more ASPB’s 2020 Election Results

Member Spotlight – Robert Giaquinta

Robert Giaquinta ASPB Legacy Society Founding Member How did you spend your career? After completing my PhD in biology (plant physiology) in 1972 under Donald Geiger at the University of Dayton, I did two years of postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Richard Dilley at Purdue University. My PhD focused on phloem transport, and my … Read more Member Spotlight – Robert Giaquinta

U.S. Federal Agency Responses and Research Opportunities: June 24-30, 2020

Updates on the US federal government’s response to COVID-19 and research opportunities. Research Guidelines National Science Foundation (NSF) On June 25, NSF issued new guidance in response to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-20-261 “Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus … Read more U.S. Federal Agency Responses and Research Opportunities: June 24-30, 2020

Member Spotlight – Katie Murphy

Katie Murphy 2020 Ambassador of the Year I’m Katie Murphy, a PhD candidate in plant biology at the University of California (UC), Davis, and the two things I love most are corn and chemistry. After receiving an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Stanford University, I came to UC Davis to learn about the best chemists … Read more Member Spotlight – Katie Murphy

Meet the ASPB President-Elect Candidates for 2020

Belonging to ASPB brings more than discounts for attending Plant Biology meetings or publishing in the Society’s journals. Our members form a community of dedicated individuals who, like you, work together to support and nurture an engaged, vibrant, and thriving community of plant scientists. By getting involved in ASPB and by voting in our elections, … Read more Meet the ASPB President-Elect Candidates for 2020

Funding Opportunity: NIFA Releases Funding Opportunity for the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative

On June 5, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released a request for applications (RFA) for the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI).  AG2PI was authorized in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) and received its first funding in fiscal year (FY) 2020.  This new funding opportunity seeks proposals that will … Read more Funding Opportunity: NIFA Releases Funding Opportunity for the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative

Plant Science Decadal Vision Webinar with David Stern and Samantha Miller

Recorded Wednesday, June 17, ‘Virtual‘ Lunch~N~Learn Seminar via Webinar PLANT SCIENCE DECADAL VISION, 2020-2030 Reimagining the Potential of Plants for a Healthy and Sustainable Future The Decadal Vision for Plant Science will be the subject of a National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (NCFAR) ‘virtual’ Lunch~N~Learn webinar on Wednesday, June 17 at 12:30 Eastern. … Read more Plant Science Decadal Vision Webinar with David Stern and Samantha Miller

Member Spotlight – Sarah Hake

Sarah Hake ASPB Legacy Society Founding Member How did you spend your career? I went to Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, a wonderful small college in the middle of nowhere with amazing faculty and great resources. I fell in love with plant morphology thanks to one of the faculty, Vern Durkee, who taught plant taxonomy. … Read more Member Spotlight – Sarah Hake

USDA Relaxes Regulations for GE Crops – How Will it Affect the Plant Research Community?

Chris Barbey, Ph.D. is a researcher at the University of Florida studying strawberry flavor and disease resistance.   Brand new USDA regulations for crop biotechnology will begin phasing in during June 2020. The new “SECURE” rules (Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient) govern what is — and isn’t — required for USDA review before going … Read more USDA Relaxes Regulations for GE Crops – How Will it Affect the Plant Research Community?

U.S. Federal Agency Responses and Research Opportunities: June 3-9, 2020

Weekly updates on the US federal government’s response to COVID-19 and research opportunities. Federal Guidance Related to Research and Higher Education National Science Foundation (NSF) On June 5, it was noted at the NSF Environmental Research and Education (ERE) Advisory Committee that the Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) program expects to add sub-tracks related to COVID-19 … Read more U.S. Federal Agency Responses and Research Opportunities: June 3-9, 2020

We Need to Hear Your Voices

In support of #ShutDownSTEM, an initiative from a multi-identity, intersectional coalition of STEM professionals and academics that is taking action for Black lives, ASPB suspended its operations on Wednesday, June 10. Our websites did not function or allow financial transactions, and our journals did not process manuscripts. The Society’s governance, journal editorial boards, and staff … Read more We Need to Hear Your Voices

Member Spotlight – Bijay Singh

Bijay Singh ASPB Legacy Society Founding Member How did you spend your career? I received my early education, including my MS, in India. I moved to Australia in 1978 and joined the University of Adelaide. After completing my PhD in 1982, I started postdoctoral work with Jack Preiss in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics … Read more Member Spotlight – Bijay Singh

Silence Suffocates Us All

We deplore the pervasive institutional racism that allows systemic injustice, inequality, suffering, and violence to fester. We understand the love, fear, and anger of those protesting the most recent murders of unarmed Black people going about their lives, and we implore governments and their agents to act with restraint and compassion. We stand with other … Read more Silence Suffocates Us All