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

Gazing into the Crystal Ball: Next-Gen Careers

President’s Letter—March/April 2019 By Rob Last, Michigan State University, ASPB President. Co-authored by Laura Grapes, Bayer Crop Sciences, and Andrew Hanson, University of Florida. We continue the experiment of expanding participation in ASPB started with the last President’s Letter (http://bit.ly/SecuringFuturePl…). This letter is part of a collection of resources (http://bit.ly/NextGenerationCa…) about training and jobs in the … Read moreGazing into the Crystal Ball: Next-Gen Careers

Apply for the 2019 CourseSource Writing Studio Workshop

Editorial board members for the journal CourseSource are hosting a Writing Studio workshop starting with dinner on Wednesday, July 24th- lunch on Friday, July 26th in Minneapolis, MN, just ahead of the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) meeting.  Faculty, graduate students, and postdocs who are interested in attending and getting advice for preparing … Read moreApply for the 2019 CourseSource Writing Studio Workshop

Announcing the new global Plant Science Events Calendar!

ASPB community – are you hosting a plant science event or attending one?  If so, please consider posting on the new Plant Science Events Calendar on Plantae.org. This service is provided free to the plant science community with the support of Agrisera, a Swedish company specializing in polyclonal and monoclonal antibody production, and longtime presence in the community. The … Read moreAnnouncing the new global Plant Science Events Calendar!

Request for Proposals: ASPB Plant Biology Learning Objectives, Outreach Materials & Education (BLOOME)Grant

Plant BLOOME 2019 is open to ASPB members with education and outreach projects that advance youth, student, and general public knowledge and appreciation of plant biology. These projects should strive to promote and explain varying facets of the: Importance of plants for the sustainable production of medicine, food, fibers, and fuels; Critical role plants play in … Read moreRequest for Proposals: ASPB Plant Biology Learning Objectives, Outreach Materials & Education (BLOOME)Grant

Announcing the 2019 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 moreAnnouncing the 2019 Travel Grant Winners

The Plant Cell 30th Anniversary Favorite Images

Celebrating 30 years of progress in capturing and creating images in plant science High-quality image reproduction was one of the central ideas behind the founding of The Plant Cell 30 years ago. Those who remember the early days of the journal will no doubt recall the novelty of a scientific journal printed on heavy weight glossy paper. The … Read moreThe Plant Cell 30th Anniversary Favorite Images

The Plant Cell 30th Anniversary T-Shirt Competition!

Eligibility The contest is open to all, including TPC editors and ASPB staff. Participation in the contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of the following rules. There is no limit to the number of entries per person during the contest period. Design Designs should be no larger than 12″ x 12″. … Read moreThe Plant Cell 30th Anniversary T-Shirt Competition!

Announcing the 2019 ASPB Sharon Gray Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award (WYITA) 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 2019 … Read moreAnnouncing the 2019 ASPB Sharon Gray Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award (WYITA) Winners

Undergradutes: Apply for ASPB’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) fund promising undergraduate students so they can conduct research in plant biology during the early part of their college careers. SURF recipients must present their research at ASPB’s annual Plant Biology meeting in the year following the fellowship award. Eligibility – Application is open … Read moreUndergradutes: Apply for ASPB’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

New Teaching Tool: “Molecular Control of Plant Shoot Architecture”

We’re excited to announce the publication of The Plant Cell’s latest Teaching Tool, “Molecular Control of Plant Shoot Architecture,” by Agustin Zsögön and Lázaro E. P. Peres, available without subscription at Plantae.org. Manipulation of plant form and height has been instrumental in the domestication and improvement of crops. The balance between growth of vegetative (stems, … Read moreNew Teaching Tool: “Molecular Control of Plant Shoot Architecture”

ASPB Membership Dues Discount for Scientists in Developing Nations

Over the years many from plant scientists from developing nations have told us that, much as they wish to join ASPB, there simply isn’t sufficient funding for them to do so. In an effort to redress this situation, a least a bit, beginning right now ASPB will start offering a member dues discount to scientists … Read moreASPB Membership Dues Discount for Scientists in Developing Nations

President’s Letter—Securing the Future of Plant Biologists

January/February 2019 • Volume 46, Number 1 Note: To help increase the usefulness of the President’s Letter and expand participation in ASPB, a collection of resources from other community members that are relevant to this topic are available on the Plantae website. Links are provided to blogs written by members of our community and existing … Read morePresident’s Letter—Securing the Future of Plant Biologists

Policy Update: Shutdown Outlook and Impacts for Higher Education and Research

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – December 21, 2018 While much of the government has already been funded for fiscal year (FY) 2019, including the Department of Defense (DOD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of Education (ED), a number of science agencies will be impacted if Congress and the President … Read morePolicy Update: Shutdown Outlook and Impacts for Higher Education and Research

Funding Opportunity: NSF Releases HDR Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering – Ideas Labs

On Thursday, December 13, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a solicitation for its newest program under the Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea, titled Institutes for Data Intensive Research in Science and Engineering – Ideas Labs (I-DIRSE-IL).  This solicitation is part of the first phase of creating new HDR Institutes, which are intended … Read moreFunding Opportunity: NSF Releases HDR Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering – Ideas Labs

Legislative Update: Congress Approves 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report

On December 10, Congress released the long-awaited 2018 farm bill conference report, H.R. 2 The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, a bipartisan compromise package that authorizes farm programs and agricultural research through fiscal year (FY) 2023.  The final farm bill package, totaling 807 pages, is budget neutral.  Title VII, the Research Title, largely reflects the … Read moreLegislative Update: Congress Approves 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report

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 moreMembers 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 moreNominations 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 moreTravel Awards for Plant Biology 2019 from the Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Section a Possibility

ASPB Appropriations Action Alert

Much of the federal government is operating under a continuing resolution (CR) that is set to expire on December 7, 2018. Congress has yet to pass seven of the twelve appropriations bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, including the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill, which funds the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as the … Read moreASPB Appropriations Action Alert