Policy Update – NASA Releases Early Career Solicitation Towards Plant/Food Production Technologies

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Technology Mission Directorate released a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion-2020 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2020).”  The purpose of an NRA is to address future technological challenges of the aerospace enterprise that encourage economic growth and space research objectives.  Included in this specific solicitation are several … Read more Policy Update – NASA Releases Early Career Solicitation Towards Plant/Food Production Technologies

Submit Your Plant Biology 2020 Abstract by February 20th to be Considered for a Talk

Registration is open for Plant Biology 2020! And if you would like your work to be considered for a concurrent symposium presentation, you must submit your abstract by February 20. Plant biologists at all career stages are encouraged to submit. This year, ASPB’s annual meeting will be July 25–July 29 in Washington, DC, marking a … Read more Submit Your Plant Biology 2020 Abstract by February 20th to be Considered for a Talk

President’s Letter – The Transparency Project: Episode 2

Continuing our transparency project, in this President’s Letter I discuss a proposal for a new name and mission statement for one of our standing committees, the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC), and highlight the activities of another standing committee, the Women in Plant Biology (WIPB) Committee. Minority Affairs Committee Our standing committees work hard to identify … Read more President’s Letter – The Transparency Project: Episode 2

Announcing the 2020 Travel Grant Winners

The Travel Grant Program aims to increase attendance of early career scientists at the annual meeting by providing travel funds for those in financial need. Increasing diversity among the annual meeting attendees is another primary goal. Undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and professionals beginning their careers in plant science are strongly encouraged to apply. … Read more Announcing the 2020 Travel Grant Winners

Policy Update – FFAR Releases 2020 New Innovator Award, Eliminates Match Requirement

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) released its 2020 solicitation for the New Innovator Award.  This award offers support to new faculty members in the first three years of their careers to “promote career advancement of highly creative and promising new scientists who intend to make a long-term career commitment to research in … Read more Policy Update – FFAR Releases 2020 New Innovator Award, Eliminates Match Requirement

Announcing the 2020 ASPB Sharon Gray Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winners

The goal of the ASPB Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award is to increase attendance at the Plant Biology annual meeting of young female investigators who are within the first five years of their appointment in academic faculty-level positions, government research positions, or industry research scientist positions, as well as experienced postdocs. By naming the 2020 … Read more Announcing the 2020 ASPB Sharon Gray Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winners

Registration is now open for Plant Biology 2020

Registration is now open for Plant Biology 2020, which will be held July 25-29 in Washington, DC. Mark your calendars: early bird rates will end on April 17, 2020.   Did you know? ASPB members get heavily discounted registration rates (learn more and join here); and members of underrepresented minority groups may apply for a … Read more Registration is now open for Plant Biology 2020

Policy Update – Agencies Release Website for Biotechnology Regulation

Following the streamlining of biotechnology regulations in the fall of 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) have launched the “Unified Website for Biotechnology Regulation.”  This website comes as part of the Trump Administration’s broader effort to streamline the regulation of biotechnology that was kicked … Read more Policy Update – Agencies Release Website for Biotechnology Regulation

Policy Update – DOE Releases Sustainable Bioenergy Crops Solicitation

On January 10, the Department of Energy (DOE) released its fifth funding call under the Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program, and the second for its Biological Sciences program.  The “Systems Biology Research to Advance Sustainable Bioenergy Crop Development” solicitation provides a total of $15 million in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and $75 million over … Read more Policy Update – DOE Releases Sustainable Bioenergy Crops Solicitation

Policy Update – ASPB Nominee Named to BIO AC

Dr. C. Robertson “Rob” McClung, who served as ASPB President from 2007 to 2008, has been named as the newest member of the National Science Foundation’s Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) Advisory Committee (AC).  Dr. McClung, currently a Professor of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College, was nominated by ASPB based on his expertise and leadership in … Read more Policy Update – ASPB Nominee Named to BIO AC

Policy Update – Administration Nominates National Science Foundation Director

The Administration has announced its nomination of Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, Executive Vice President at Arizona State University, to be the next Director of NSF following the pending conclusion of Dr. France Córdova’s term this spring.  By training, Dr. Panchanathan is an electrical and computer engineer.  Among several possible changes, Dr. Panchanathan’s nomination brings with … Read more Policy Update – Administration Nominates National Science Foundation Director

ASPB in the Windy City – NABT 2019

Chicago was home to this year’s National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) professional development conference, held from November 14th – 17th, 2019 at the Sheraton Grand.  Over 1500 educators and administrators representing all levels of education attended this year’s event, which boasts itself as the largest national conference dedicated exclusively to life science education. The … Read more ASPB in the Windy City – NABT 2019

Nominations Opening Soon for 2020 ASPB Awards!

The time to recognize and honor excellence among our fellow plant scientists is approaching The 2020 Call for Award Nominations will be sent to ASPB members on January 3, 2020, and nominations will be due by Wednesday, February 19. ASPB encourages you to participate in the 2020 awards program by nominating highly deserving individuals. Please … Read more Nominations Opening Soon for 2020 ASPB Awards!

Applications now open for the 2020 Plantae Fellows program

Are you a creative, articulate and web-savvy plant scientist looking to connect with other like-minded folks? We need your help to nurture and grow Plantae, the online community for the global plant science community.  We are looking for individuals who are interested in becoming highly engaged by creating and curating content, facilitating and hosting discussions and … Read more Applications now open for the 2020 Plantae Fellows program

Plantae Internships and conference updates from the PSRN

The Plant Science Research Network attends two conferences each fall to support undergraduate research and education: SACNAS and ABRCMS. Connecting undergraduate students to research opportunities in the plant sciences is a goal of the PSRN, which curates resources to support student research, careers, and connection to the plant science community. If you were not with … Read more Plantae Internships and conference updates from the PSRN

President’s Letter – The Transparency Project

The word transparent has multiple meanings. For us scientists, we might first think of a solution in a tube or vial being transparent, defined by Merriam-Webster as “having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly”. As in, did your chemical dissolve? But the transparency to which … Read more President’s Letter – The Transparency Project

Funding Opportunity – NSF Releases New Microbiome Solicitation Under Rules of Life Big Idea

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new solicitation as part of the Understanding the Rules of Life (URoL) Big Idea, entitled Understanding the Rules of Life: Microbiome Theory and Mechanisms (URoL:MTM).  In the this cross-directorate effort, NSF plans to invest between $12 million and $15 million to better understand the theoretical and mechanistic … Read more Funding Opportunity – NSF Releases New Microbiome Solicitation Under Rules of Life Big Idea

Policy Update – House Agriculture Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Implementation of Farm Bill Research Programs

On October 17, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a hearing to review the implementation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s 2018 Farm Bill research programs with testimony from Deputy Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics Scott Hutchins.  This hearing comes after the Farm Bill was reauthorized in December … Read more Policy Update – House Agriculture Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Implementation of Farm Bill Research Programs

Conviron Scholars 2020 – Applications Now Open

ASPB and Conviron are delighted to announce an exciting opportunity to nurture the next generation of plant scientists. Open to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students studying plant biology, the ASPB Conviron Scholars program delivers an experience intended to serve as a foundation for a career in plant science. Applications welcome from any country.  Students who … Read more Conviron Scholars 2020 – Applications Now Open