Fellow of ASPB Award

Established in 2007, the Fellow of ASPB award may be granted in recognition of distinguished and long-term contributions to plant biology and service to the Society by current members in areas that include research, education, mentoring, outreach, and professional and public service. Current members of ASPB who have contributed to the Society for at least 10 years are eligible for nomination. Recipients of the Fellow of ASPB honor, which may be granted to no more than 0.2% of the current membership each year, receive a certificate of distinction and a lapel pin.

James Carrington

Jim (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center) has made substantial contributions to ASPB and to the plant community at large while performing outstanding research in the area of viral biology and RNA. He served as an editor for The Plant Cell, and is currently serving on ASPB’s Science Policy Committee. Since 2011, he has been President of the Danforth Center, helping the Center raise a large endowment and building strong relationships with neighboring universities, thus providing their graduate students the opportunity to be trained at the Center. James also serves on numerous other editorial boards and scientific committees. His research publications have been cited more than 30,000 times, and in 2011 he was elected to the National Academy of Science in recognition of his superb scientific achievements.

Jill Deikman

Jill (Bayer Crop Sciences) works as a scientist and has a long history of contributions to ASPB as well as to other endeavors in the plant community. She currently serves as chair of the Membership Committee and as a member of the ASPB Council. Jill’s guidance of the Membership Committee has been particularly noted for helping expand the reach of ASPB. Previously, Jill served on numerous other ASPB committees. She has also sat on grant panels at USDA, DOE, NSF, and NASA, and has been involved in organizing and chairing scientific meetings. It is notable that some of her research for BASF, and previously for Monsanto, has been published in scientific journals accessible to the public, and she is named on several patents and many patent applications.

Karen Koster

Karen (University of South Dakota) is an internationally recognized expert in the physiology and biophysics of membranes during desiccation, particularly in regard to seed storage and plant freezing stress. Three of her seminal papers published in Plant Physiology that defined the role of soluble sugars and other solutes in desiccation tolerance have received nearly 1,200 citations. Karen has made major contributions in service to ASPB at the Section and National levels during her 34 years of membership in the Society. At the National level, Karen served as ASPB Treasurer from 2012 to 2015 and also served as a member of the Society’s Board of Trustees (2012-2015), Minority Affairs Committee (2004-2007), and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Committee (2011-2012). Karen is actively involved in the leadership of the International Molecular Moss Society (iMOSS) and International Society of Seed Science (ISSS). Karen was also an associate editor of the American Journal of Botany (2013-2018).

Scott Peck

Scott (University of Missouri-Columbia) served as a co-editor of The Plant Cell for 10 years, and has been serving on the editorial boards of several other journals. He has also sat on multiple grant panels in the USA and abroad. He is noted for doing pioneering work in phosphoproteomics, with emphasis on biotic and abiotic stress, particularly in the roots. Scott was elected AAAS Fellow in 2018 in recognition of his contributions to the field of plant-microbe interactions and diseases resistance in plants, with major contributions to proteomics technologies. He has been commended for his interest and success in mentoring students at all levels, and particularly undergraduates.

Doris Wagner

Doris (University of Pennsylvania) pioneered the field of epigenetic regulation of plant development, with specific emphasis on the role of chromatin remodeling. In a series of influential scientific reported in the last two decades, her group has demonstrated the direct role of SWI/SNF complex as well as other elements in regulating key transcription factors specifying shoot and floral development. Doris has served as a monitoring editor for Plant Physiology, Associate Editor for the Arabidopsis Book, and on many other editorial boards, and is currently serving as Editor in Chief of Current Opinion in Plant Biology. She has also served on numerous grant panels and has been involved in organizing multiple conferences. She is known for her mentoring efforts, with one notable project being an advanced undergraduate research course in which students engage in highly sophisticated plant research and even publish their results in prestigious scientific journal such as The Plant Cell.

Eran Pichersky, Chair (2017-2020)
Ed Cahoon (2017-2020)
Neelima Sinha (2018-2021)
Bonnie Bartel (2019-2022)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison