Members of the ASPB Community Elected to the 2018 Class of the AAAS Fellows

Twenty-three members of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) community were elected to the 2018 class of AAAS Fellows. Each year, the AAAS Council elects fellows based on their contributions to science and technology in the areas of research; teaching; technology; services to professional societies; administration in academe, industry, and government; and communicating and … Read more Members of the ASPB Community Elected to the 2018 Class of the AAAS Fellows

Nominations Opening Soon for 2019 ASPB Awards!

The time to recognize and honor excellence among our fellow plant scientists is near The 2019 Call for Award Nominations will be sent to ASPB members on January 4, 2019, and nominations will be due by Wednesday, February 20. ASPB encourages you to participate in the 2019 awards program by nominating highly deserving individuals. Please … Read more Nominations Opening Soon for 2019 ASPB Awards!

Travel Awards for Plant Biology 2019 from the Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Section a Possibility

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is a leader in developing and supporting professional development opportunities for members at all career stages and who are at different types of institutions. To help boost research engagement at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) for current and prospective faculty, ASPB is offering a PUI workshop on the morning … Read more Travel Awards for Plant Biology 2019 from the Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Section a Possibility

Announcing the Founding Members of the Ambassador Alliance

We are happy to announce the founding members of the ASPB Ambassador governing committee, the Ambassador Alliance. Stephanie Klein, Chair.  Stephanie is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at Penn State University. She has served as an ASPB Ambassador and the Grad Student Rep to the ASPB Membership Committee since 2015 and is also a member of … Read more Announcing the Founding Members of the Ambassador Alliance

Early Career Professionals to ASPB Committees

APPLY HERE ASPB strives to be an inclusive professional organization, seeking input from and providing training opportunities for members across the world and at all career stages. ASPB currently involves early career professionals in two standing committees – Membership and Science Policy. Feedback at the Plant Biology 2018 Town Hall – as well as through … Read more Early Career Professionals to ASPB Committees

Ambassa-More, Please! Announcing the Newly Enhanced ASPB Ambassador Program

  BY STEPHANIE KLEIN, ASPB Ambassador and Membership Committee RISHI R. MASALIA, ASPB Ambassador and Membership Committee KEN KORTH, Membership Committee JILL DEIKMAN, Chair of the Membership Committee   The ASPB Ambassador Program was established in 2006 to involve students and postdocs in communicating ASPB’s mission to academic and industry communities and to the general … Read more Ambassa-More, Please! Announcing the Newly Enhanced ASPB Ambassador Program

Funding Opportunity: NSF BIO Releases Two Solicitations for Rules of Life Big Idea

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – October 1, 2018 The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released two new solicitations for one of its 10 Big Ideas, Understanding the Rules of Life (URoL): Epigenetics; and Building a Synthetic Cell – An Ideas Lab Activity. Led by the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), URoL goals are to better understand … Read more Funding Opportunity: NSF BIO Releases Two Solicitations for Rules of Life Big Idea

Announcing the 2018-2019 ASPB Scholars Sponsored by Conviron

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 class of the ASPB Conviron Scholars Program.  These scholars were selected from a strongly competitive group of over 200 applicants.  Read more about each awardee. Special thanks to Conviron for making this program possible through their financial support.     Bryce Askey, University of Florida, US Carl Branch, University of Minnesota, US … Read more Announcing the 2018-2019 ASPB Scholars Sponsored by Conviron

A crucial gene controls stem juiciness in sorghum and beyond

The discovery of the gene behind stem juiciness in sweet sorghum could have huge agricultural implications Sorghum, the fifth most popular crop worldwide, is used to create many products in the United States and is widely consumed by people in developing countries. The discovery of a crucial gene controlling stem juiciness in sorghum has important … Read more A crucial gene controls stem juiciness in sorghum and beyond

ASPB in China

Representatives of ASPB will be attending two major conferences in China this October. The first is the National Congress of Plant Biology (NCPB; http://www.ncpb.net/2018/index.php/Index/), to be held October 18 – 22 in Tai’an, China, and the second is the World Life Science Conference (WLSC; http://wlsc2018.csi.org.cn/), to be held October 27 – 29 in Beijing, China. … Read more ASPB in China

Plant scientists call for renewed focus on empowerment of trainees

Preparing graduate students and postdocs for diverse careers Changes in the workforce are challenging academia to prepare scientists to be adaptable and adept at communicating across boundaries. To meet these demands, the Plant Science Research Network (PSRN, plantae.org/PSRN) is shifting the focus to enable trainees to take ownership of their training experiences. “Since President Lincoln … Read more Plant scientists call for renewed focus on empowerment of trainees

Plant Biology 2018 – Let’s DO science

Students learn better when they are actively engaged in course material.  For the sciences, this translates into involving them in original research experiences.  Research experiences for undergraduates in our research labs are a valuable opportunity for all concerned, but these spaces are limited. We may all acknowledge that providing research experiences for all our majors … Read more Plant Biology 2018 – Let’s DO science

A pretty plant of summer produces a promising anti-diabetes compound

Discovery of the biosynthetic pathway of a plant metabolite lays the groundwork for its use as an anti-diabetes drug. Montbretin A (MbA), a natural compound with great potential for the treatment of type-2 diabetes, was discovered in the ornamental plant montbretia ten years ago, but it can’t be produced on a large scale until its … Read more A pretty plant of summer produces a promising anti-diabetes compound

Wednesday and Thursday at Plant Biology 2018

Thank you for attending Plant Biology 2018!  Here’s your guide for Wednesday and Thursday and as always, when in doubt, you can check the schedule and the conference app, or stop by Registration and ask one of our friendly volunteers. There’s even more information on the Plant Biology 2018 network on Plantae, including a bit … Read more Wednesday and Thursday at Plant Biology 2018

6 Ways to Support Young Scientists at Plant Biology 2018

Are you a supporter of young scientists?  Did you know that every year at the Plant Biology 2018 meeting we have a special poster session just for undergraduates, so they can share the work they are doing?   Here are 6 ways to support undergraduates at #plantbio18 Attend the Undergraduate Poster Session on Sunday, July … Read more 6 Ways to Support Young Scientists at Plant Biology 2018