News & Updates

  • ASPB Statement on Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal
    On May 23, 2017, the White House released its fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request whereby it proposed to slash funding for federal agencies that support plant science research and education.  If enacted, President Trump’s FY 2018 budget would have a catastrophic impact on plant science and the broader U.S. ... Read More >
    May 25 2017
  • Winning entry of the April 2017 “Teaching Tools Proposal” competition
    Please contact Mary Williams if you’d like to discuss submitting a Teaching Tool preproprosal. Investigating Darwin’s “abominable mystery” – the angiosperms, by Sonja Dunbar Flowering plants, the angiosperms, make up roughly 1/6th of the living species currently known. This teaching tool will explore the rapid diversification and success of the ... Read More >
    May 25 2017
  • Plant Day Contest Winners Announced
    Today, May 18, is the fourth international Fascination of Plants Day! Fascination of Plants Day aims to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science. Submissions for the ASPB Fascination of Plants Day Social Media Photo Contest (#PlantDayUSA) ... Read More >
    May 18 2017
  • Plant Scientists Elected To This Year’s Class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    One of the nation’s most prominent honorary societies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AA) recognizes accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts. The membership of AA includes over 4600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Member and spans all disciplinary areas and professions. The ... Read More >
    May 16 2017
  • Plant Scientists Elected To This Year’s Class of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
    Several plant scientists have been elected as members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. These plant biologists are among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates just elected.  There are now 2,290 active NAS members and ... Read More >
    May 16 2017
  • Plant Scientists in the Wild (#FoPD)
    Guest post by Emily Larson  @erlarson_phd and Maria Papanatsiou @m_papanatsiou, postdocs at the University of Glasgow, Scotland If there is one stereotype about some scientists that contains a shred of truth it is that we are definitely indoor kids – at least professionally speaking. We spend a lot of time ... Read More >
    May 12 2017
  • President’s Letter: The Many Legacies of ASPB
    At ASPB, so much has changed over the past few years. Our flagship journals are now online only and offer open access options; we welcome the initiation of our new journal, Plant Direct; and ASPB is set to better interconnect its members with the larger plant science community by way ... Read More >
    May 12 2017
  • New Teaching Tool: It’s not easy being not green
    There’s a new Teaching Tool in town! It’s not easy being not green: the making of a parasitic plant – By Caitlin E. Conn and David C. Nelson. This Teaching Tool explores the biology and evolution of parasitic plants, and their impact on agriculture. In the last portion of the ... Read More >
    May 11 2017
  • Plant Day 2017 events and photo contest!
    On May 18, 2017, we join plant scientists around the globe to celebrate Fascination of Plants Day 2017. Now in its fourth year, Fascination of Plants Day aims to excite the public about the vital importance of plant science research. But Fascination of Plants Day can only work with the active ... Read More >
    May 9 2017
  • Plant Cell papers get cited: non-citation rate is close to zero
    by Nan Eckardt, Senior Features Editor, The Plant Cell  neckardt@aspb.org We all know that, on average, papers published in THE PLANT CELL are highly cited. But did you ever wonder how many papers published in the journal never get cited? After seeing some recent tweets with respect to “academic papers” ... Read More >
    May 8 2017
  • Recognizing featured Plant Cell first authors, March and April 2017
    Rakesh David, featured first author of Transcriptome-wide Mapping of RNA 5-Methylcytosine in Arabidopsis mRNAs and non-coding RNAs Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, University of Adelaide. Education: PhD, Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Science Division, Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Australia. Non-scientific Interests: ... Read More >
    May 8 2017
  • Tell Congress To Support Plant Science Funding By Passing FY 2017 Omnibus
    This week, House and Senate congressional leaders reached an agreement on a fiscal year (FY) 2017 omnibus appropriations bill.  This bill will fund the entire federal government through the remainder of FY 2017. Despite White House FY 2018 proposals to cut funding for many science agencies, Congress has decided instead ... Read More >
    May 3 2017
  • Plant Biology 2017 – Call for Volunteers
    Help with event coverage: Call for Volunteers in Hawaii Volunteer on site and help the entire plant science community stay connected with Plant Biology 2017. Together, we can raise awareness, increase visibility around the amazing science, networking, and education happening at the meeting and beyond. Opportunities include: Event coverage via Twitter ... Read More >
    May 1 2017
  • What’s Happening in Honolulu: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at Plant Biology 2017
    On Monday, June 26th and Tuesday, June 27th — the 3rd and 4th days of Plant Biology 2017—conference attendees are spoilt for choice following the morning major symposium. Some may find it difficult to divide their time between a plethora of workshops and research presentations in the concurrent symposia. To ... Read More >
    Apr 28 2017
  • Workshops (and Symposia) for the Weekend: Saturday and Sunday at Plant Biology 2017
    On Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th — the 1st and 2nd days of Plant Biology 2017—conference attendees will have their choice of morning workshops on communication and diverse concurrent symposia. The Saturday morning workshops, from 9 AM to 12 noon (except for the Primarily Undergraduate Institution workshop, which ... Read More >
    Apr 28 2017