Enid MacRobbie Corresponding Membership

This honor, initially given in 1932, provides life membership and Society publications to distinguished plant biologists from outside the United States. The honor is conferred by election on the annual ballot. The committee selects no more than three (3) candidates, and these are placed on the ballot for approval of corresponding membership by majority vote. The president notifies successful candidates of their election. Election of a corresponding member is to be considered each year, and held if warranted, provided the election will not increase the number of corresponding members beyond two (2) percent of the dues-paying membership. Membership is required for this award.

2021 Winner: Naomi Ori

Naomi Ori is a professor at The Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in the Agriculture Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. Naomi investigated the mechanisms underlying the plasticity of plant development and patterning, and how plasticity is balanced with developmental stability. Most of her research is dedicated to leaf development and morphogenesis in plants. Naomi’s research contributed some of the first examples of the cross talk between transcription factors and hormones in plant development. Her group identified several factors that affect the balance between morphogenesis and differentiation and showed that transcription factors and hormones such as auxin, cytokinin and gibberellin interact in coordinating development in both processes. In this regard, Naomi made a substantial contribution to the unravelling of the role of different hormones in shaping leaf morphology. More recently, the Ori group has been engaged in investigating the regulation of fruit development and fruit set.

Naomi has been an ASPB member for a long period of years, and she has attended many ASPB meetings. She has contributed a lot as via her service on journal editorial boards, performing an impressive service to the international research community as an editor and reviewer. She served as a Senior Editor of The Plant Cell, and she is currently a guest editor.

2021 Winner: Shu-Hsing Wu

Shu-Hsing Wu is Director and Distinguished Research Fellow/Professor at the Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica, Taipei in Taiwan. Shu-Hsing has been performing important and innovative research in the areas of transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulation of plant gene expression, photomorphogenesis, circadian clock, and systems biology. She has also assumed a leadership role in the field of plant mi-RNAs. Shu-Hsing has been well respected in the international plant communities having served as President, Asia and Oceania Society for Photobiology (AOSP) (2015-2017), and she remains a sought after speaker at international conferences on plant development and photobiology. Among the awards she has received, she was the Thompson Citation Laureate in 2006 for papers she had published. It’s important to note that Shu-Hsing established her independent research career strictly in Taiwan after she received the basic training in the US. She has been a loyal and dedicated ASPB member having attended more than 25 annual meetings. In addition, she has reviewed numerous manuscripts for ASPB journals. Shu-Hsing is extremely influential in promoting plant biology in Taiwan. She has served in important positions, allowing her to enhance the visibility of plant biology as well as to secure valuable resources for research and education in plants. It’s worthwhile noting that she has been a champion in promoting gender balance in the plant biology community in Taiwan and elsewhere. Overall, Shu-Hsing Wu has established a prominent research program in a country outside the USA, yet remaining as a dedicated ASPB member actively participating in society activities.

Steffen Abel, Chair (2021-2024)
Jaswinder Singh, Past Winner (2019-2023)
Marilyn Anderson (2020-2024)
George Coupland (2020-2024)
Keiko Sugimoto (2020-2024)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison