President’s Letter – Big Challenges Require Broad Thinking

ASPB News • July/August 2019 • Volume 46, Number 4 This continues the experiment of publishing the President’s Letter as part of a collection of essays and other resources related to the topic (https://tinyurl.com/HumanNetworks). Please also have a look at the previous collections on the future of not-for-profit science organizations (http://bit.ly/futurenonprofitscience), member security (http://bit.ly/SecuringFuturePlantBiologists), and … Read morePresident’s Letter – Big Challenges Require Broad Thinking

A First-timers Guide to Plant Biology 2019

Plant Biology 2019 is fast approaching! If you’ll be attending for the first time, don’t worry—you’re in good company! You’ll be among 1400+ other plant biologists from nearly 40 countries, from grad students to professionals with 20+ years of experience, so no matter what you do, you’re guaranteed to have a great experience. If you’re … Read moreA First-timers Guide to Plant Biology 2019

ASPB President’s Letter Collections

This year, ASPB President Rob Last did an experiment aimed at increasing the value of the President’s Letters. Four of these letters were accompanied by essays from community members of all career stages. Two were co-authored. The idea was to explore the topics of President’s Letters more fully and include more voices. A general theme … Read moreASPB President’s Letter Collections

Join the PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team

The PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team provides compensation for a cohort of 12 graduate students and postdocs who make a substantial contribution as an online scientist mentor. Master Plant Science Team Members receive • Free membership to ASPB for the year commitment • 50% off annual meeting registration • PlantingScience T-shirt Team involvement requirements • … Read moreJoin the PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team

Press Release – ASPB Names 2019 Recipient of Leadership in Science Policy Public Service Award

Honor to be presented at Plant Biology 2019 in San Jose, California ROCKVILLE, MD – The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce that Pamela Ronald is the recipient of its 2019 Leadership in Science Policy Public Service Award. The ASPB Science Policy Committee awards the Leadership in Science Public Service Award … Read morePress Release – ASPB Names 2019 Recipient of Leadership in Science Policy Public Service Award

Plant BLOOME 2019 Winners Announced

ASPB established the Plant Biology Learning Objectives, Outreach Materials, & Education (Plant BLOOME) grant program with the goal to enhance public awareness and understanding of the essential roles of plants in all areas of life (http://bloome.aspb.org). Congratulations to the 2019 ASPB Plant BLOOME grant recipients! Bringing Plants to Life Through Theatre Arts PI: Carol Goodwillie, … Read morePlant BLOOME 2019 Winners Announced

Highlights from Fascination of Plants Day 2019

The fifth international Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) launched on May 18, 2019. Hosted under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO), FoPD aims to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science. ASPB is the national coordinator for FoPD in … Read moreHighlights from Fascination of Plants Day 2019

ASPB’s 2019 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 members: Maureen McCann (incoming president-elect) and Clint Chapple (incoming elected member)! Additionally, the election of Robert Furbank, Yi-Fang Tsay, and Andreas Weber as Enid MacRobbie corresponding members was endorsed by the ASPB … Read moreASPB’s 2019 Election Results

PSRN Updates: Inclusivity in the Plant Sciences and Plant Summit 2019

In early 2019, the Plant Science Research Network (PSRN) held two strategic planning meetings. The PSRN is an NSF-supported Research Coordination Network whose members are research councils and scientific societies, including ASPB. Among the participants at both workshops were early career researchers and scientists from the public and private sectors across the plant science research … Read morePSRN Updates: Inclusivity in the Plant Sciences and Plant Summit 2019

Announcing the 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)

The ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program funds promising undergraduate students so they can conduct research in plant biology during the early part of their college careers over the course of 10 consecutive weeks. This year’s SURF recipients will present their research at Plant Biology 2020. Congratulations to these 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows … Read moreAnnouncing the 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)

Join the 2019-2020 Planting Science Master Plant Science Team!

ASPB invites members to join the 2019-2020 PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team. PlantingScience is a free online resource to teachers and schools. The program provides volunteer scientists, resources, and activities to support innovation in teaching, learning, and mentoring. PlantingScience is a learning community where scientists provide online mentorship to student teams as they design and think through … Read moreJoin the 2019-2020 Planting Science Master Plant Science Team!

ASPB Education & Outreach at NSTA 2019

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) held their 2019 annual conference at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, MO from April 11th – 14th.  This year marked the 75th anniversary of the NSTA, and more than 8600 conference attendees and 1700 exhibitors helped NSTA celebrate this milestone at the annual conference.  Astronaut Scott … Read moreASPB Education & Outreach at NSTA 2019

Seed Abortion and the Role of RNA Pol IV in Seed Development

In this newly released article in The Plant Cell, researchers find that in Arabidopsis plants, the abortion of seeds with extra genomes is caused by the enzyme RNA Pol IV and the RNA-directed DNA methylation pathway, a major gene-silencing pathway in plants. Seed Abortion and the Role of RNA Pol IV in Seed Development Abortion … Read moreSeed Abortion and the Role of RNA Pol IV in Seed Development

Genetic Variant Linked to Cucumber Fruit Length

ASPB is pleased to announce the publication in The Plant Cell of important research describing the discovery of a key regulator of fruit length variation in cucumber. The discovery of a fruit length modulator has implications for cucumber breeding. Fruit size is a major determinant of yield and market value. The cucumber is among the … Read moreGenetic Variant Linked to Cucumber Fruit Length

Meet the ASPB President-Elect Candidates for 2019

View the recording of this event. Join us for a live, online “meet the candidates” event and get to know the candidates for ASPB President-elect. Date and Time: *Monday, April 8, 8:30 AM PDT, 11:30 AM EDT; 4:30 PM BST  – Register today and be sure to bring your questions and ideas to the webinar.  … Read moreMeet the ASPB President-Elect Candidates for 2019

Meet the Ambassador of the Year for 2019, Arif Ashraf

We are happy to announce that this year’s Ambassador of the Year award is presented to Arif Ashraf, who is currently in Japan, although will be moving to Michigan shortly.  Please read below to learn more about Arif, in his own words. I am Arif Ashraf. I graduated from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular … Read moreMeet the Ambassador of the Year for 2019, Arif Ashraf

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 … Read moreASPB Names 2019 Award Recipients

ASPB Member Julian Schroeder Awarded Khalifa International Award

Media Contact: Mario Aguilera 858-822-5148; maguilera@ucsd.edu Julian Schroeder Awarded International Prize for Advances in Plant Research Khalifa International Award recognizes agricultural innovation Division of Biological Sciences/University of California San Diego UC San Diego Distinguished Professor Julian Schroeder has been awarded a prestigious international prize for his research achievements in plant drought and salt tolerance, as … Read moreASPB Member Julian Schroeder Awarded Khalifa International Award

Welcome to the New Early Career Representatives on ASPB Committees

As part of the #ASPBForward movement, five of the ASPB committees have added an Early Career Representative (ECR) to their committee rosters: Education Committee, International Committee, Minority Affairs Committee, Publications Committee and the Women in Plant Biology committee (Membership Committee and Science Policy Committee already had ECR positions).  ASPB is happy to introduce these exceptional … Read moreWelcome to the New Early Career Representatives on ASPB Committees

Welcome the New ASPB Ambassadors

ASPB Ambassadors are early career scientists (students and postdocs) and industry employees enlisted to communicate the mission and vision of the Society to other plant biologists and to the general public, to help ensure the ongoing vitality of the Society.  These young leaders engage their campus communities in outreach activities, represent ASPB at section conferences, … Read moreWelcome the New ASPB Ambassadors