ASPB Award Nominations Are Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 ASPB Awards. The deadline is February 25, 2022, so please submit your nominations as soon as possible. It is important that ASPB honor the most notable achievements and contributions of plant scientists worldwide – a responsibility that we carry out in large part through our annual awards … Read more

DARPA Announces Cornucopia Program

On December 10, the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a broad agency announcement (BAA) for its Cornucopia program.  Cornucopia is a funding opportunity focused on how to produce palatable food from microorganisms such as bacteria, microalgae, and fungi using minimal inputs. The program will span four years and … Read more

Introducing: The Newly Revised Principles for Teaching Plant Biology

The 12 Principles of Plant Biology are a widely used resource for teaching and learning plant biology, especially within the K-12 educational community. On the eve of the 25th anniversary of their development, the Education Committee would like to share with you a revised, expanded set of Principles for Teaching Plant Biology.  What are the … Read more

Applications Open for CourseSource Writing Faculty Mentoring Network

Have you developed new evidence-based teaching activities and/or lessons for online learning in biology undergraduate education? Are you interested in working with a group of peers to write and prepare your Lesson manuscript for submission to the journal CourseSource? CourseSource is partnering with BioQUEST and QUBES to offer semester-long Faculty Mentoring Networks (FMN)! Apply now … Read more

ASPB/AAAS 2022 Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program

Are you interested in science writing? Do you want to help people understand complex scientific issues? Apply for the ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program and learn how to increase public understanding of science and technology. Fellows in the 10-week 2022 summer program will work as reporters in mass media organizations nationwide. Application … Read more

ASPB Signs USCIA/NSF Authorization OPT-OUT Letter

ASPB recently signed a letter that encourages and supports a conference agreement for House and Senate competitiveness legislation that will, “reflect a bipartisan, bicameral commitment to maintaining U.S. global competitiveness through increased long-term investments in NSF research and education programs.” Read the Full Letter Here  

Scaling Up Equity and Inclusion Through K-12, Undergraduate, and Graduate Education

Title slide Building Sustained Commitments to Equity and Inclusion

By Sibongile Mafu (WiPB) and Adam Steinbrenner (EDIC) The Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDIC) and Women in Plant Biology (WIPB) co-hosted a workshop at the Plant Biology 2021 Annual meeting entitled “Sustained Commitments to Diversity and Inclusion”. The invited panelists have focused their careers on outreach and teaching at critical early stages in student … Read more

Surviving Academia and Industry: 2021 Plant Biology Workshop

By Asia Hightower (EDIC) and Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi (EDIC) During the Plant Biology 2021 meeting, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDIC) hosted a virtual workshop called ‘Surviving Academia and Industry’. Navigating the scientific workforce can be challenging for anyone at all career stages, but is particularly stressful for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) … Read more

Apply for an ASPB Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award for Plant Biology 2022!

ASPB is now accepting applications for the Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards to attend Plant Biology 2022, which is scheduled to be held this year in Portland, Oregon from July 9-13, 2022, and online! The goal of the program is to increase attendance of early-career female investigators at the annual meeting; women plant scientists who … Read more

Call for workshop proposals for Plant Biology 2022

Planning for the Plant Biology 2022 conference is well underway. This year the conference will be a joint meeting with the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists and this year’s program committee is pleased to invite members of the plant science community to submit proposals for workshops to be held during the conference. Please complete and … Read more

Apply for an ASPB Travel Grant to attend Plant Biology 2022!

ASPB is offering a limited number of travel grants to attend Plant Biology 2022 which is scheduled to be held in Portland, Oregon from July 9-13, 2022, and online. The travel award program aims to increase attendance of early-career scientists at the annual meeting by providing funds for those in financial need; increasing diversity among … Read more

Sprinting to Endow ASPB’s Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award

By now, we hope you have heard about ASPB’s major fundraising drive – the Centennial Challenge – leading up to ASPB’s 100th anniversary in 2024. Although components of the Centennial Challenge – the Pioneer of ASPB program, for example – are perennial, at a recent meeting of the Centennial Challenge Committee it was decided to … Read more

ASPB Signs Letter Supporting Agricultural Research, Innovation, and Infrastructure

ASPB is pleased to sign a letter urging U.S. House and Senate Democratic leadership to prioritize and protect the vital investments in agricultural climate research, agricultural innovation, and agricultural research infrastructure within the Build Back Better human and climate infrastructure package.  These proposed investments are a generational down payment to fill critical R&D gaps and … Read more

Request for Concurrent Symposium Proposals for Plant Biology 2022

We are looking forward to Plant Biology 22, a meeting organized jointly by the Canadian and American societies of plant biology, returning to a primarily in-person format in Portland. New for this year, the ASPB/CSPB/SCBV Program Committee is soliciting proposals from the community to convene and organize concurrent symposia. The Program Committee will evaluate the proposals … Read more

ASPB Statement on Sexual Harassment

Reports of sexual harassment in the plant sciences have recently been brought to public attention by Science magazine. The American Society of Plant Biologists believes that discrimination, harassment, bullying, and retaliation have no place in our society, and we want to express our strongest support to any victims of such reprehensible behaviors. Although neither the … Read more

ASPB Signs Letter Urging Support for NSF Funding in Infrastructure/Reconciliation and Appropriations

ASPB is pleased to sign a letter urging U.S. House and Senate Democratic leadership to prioritize and protect the vital investments in agricultural climate research, agricultural innovation, and agricultural research infrastructure within the Build Back Better human and climate infrastructure package.  These proposed investments are a generational down payment to fill critical R&D gaps and … Read more