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  • May/June 2017 Volume 44, Number 3

    T H E N E W S L E T T E R O F T H E A M E R I C A N S O C I E T Y O F P L A N T B I O L O G I S T S

    p. 4ASPB Announces 2017 Award Winners

    p. 14Jenna Gallegos Awarded ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

    p. 21ASPB Welcomes Winnie Nham as New Education Coordinator

    continued on page 3

    Sally Mackenzie

    Presidents Letter

    The Many Legacies of ASPBBY SALLY MACKENZIE University of NebraskaLincoln

    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 jour-nal, Plant Direct; and ASPB is set to better interconnect its members with the larger plant science community by way of the Plantae digital ecosystem. The Society stands behind a new annual meeting in phenomics, and it is playing a growing role in helping support meetings for a number of plant science groups. ASPB has recently expanded its outreach activities to represent and inform plant scientists, sponsoring the first and second plant science research sum-mits, the development and promotion of the Decadal Vision document, and subsequent plant science community efforts to build con-sensus plans for research, graduate student and postdoctoral training, and cyberinfra-structure.

    If ASPB is to continue its leadership role in plant biology, additional financial resources will be needed to sustain these activities. Library subscriptions continue to be the largest reve-nue source for ASPB. But pres-sure from governments around the world to implement open access publication of publicly funded research, coupled with declining congressional support for basic research and state support for public universities,

    has influenced those revenues, compelling the Society to seek other ways to ensure it remains fiscally sound. Consequently, ASPB is creating a mix of revenue sources that will allow it to continue its many good works. Among the funding opportunities being developed as ASPB approaches its centenary in 2024, all aimed at ensuring the Societys financial stability and longevity, is a plan to increase its endowment fund.


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    ContentsASPB Council President Sally Mackenzie

    Immediate Past President, Chair Richard A. Dixon

    President-elect Harry Klee

    Secretary Alice Harmon

    Treasurer; Chair, Board of Trustees C. Robertson McClung

    Elected Members Joe Kieber Maureen McCann

    Chair, Membership Committee Jill Deikman

    Chair, Minority Affairs Committee Adn Coln-Carmona

    Chair, Publications Committee Neil E. Olszewski

    Chair, Women in Plant Biology Committee Marisa Otegui

    Chair, Education Committee Sarah Wyatt

    Chair, International Committee Leon Kochian

    Chair, Science Policy Committee Nathan Springer

    Sectional Representatives

    Mid-Atlantic Section Hua Lu

    Midwestern Section Ed Cahoon

    Northeastern Section Peter Melcher

    Southern Section Becca Dickstein

    Western Section Camille M. Steber

    Council members highlighted in blue also serve on the Board of Directors.

    ASPB Staff Chief executive officer Crispin Taylor,

    Director of finance and administration vacant

    Executive and governance affairs administrator Sylvia Lee,

    Accounts receivable and payable specialist Stephanie Liu-Kuan,

    Senior staff accountant Jotee Pundu,

    Director of meetings and events Jean Rosenberg,

    Conference coordinator Teresa Myers,

    Director, digital strategy and member services Susan Cato,

    Manager, member services Shoshana Kronfeld,

    Meetings, marketing, and membership assistant Melanie Binder,

    Legislative and public affairs director Tyrone Spady,

    Executive coordinator, Plant Science Natalie Henkhaus, Research Network

    Education coordinator Winnie Nham,

    Director of publications Nancy A. Winchester,

    Publications assistant Diane McCauley,

    Subscriptions manager Suzanne Cholwek,

    Subscriptions assistant Linda Palmer,

    Managing editor Patti Lockhart,

    Science writer, Plant Physiology Peter Minorsky,

    Production manager, Plant Physiology Jon Munn,

    Manuscript manager, Plant Physiology Ashton Wolf,

    Senior features editor, The Plant Cell Nan Eckardt,

    Features editor, The Plant Cell Mary Williams,

    Production manager, The Plant Cell Susan Entwistle,

    Manuscript manager, The Plant Cell Annette Kessler,

    The ASPB News is distributed to all ASPB members and is also available online. It is pub-lished six times annually in odd-numbered months. Its purposes are to keep membership informed of ASPB activities and to reinforce the value of membership. The ASPB News is edited and produced by ASPB staff from material provided by members and other interested parties.

    Copy deadline is the 5th day of the preceding even-numbered month (for example, April 5 for May/June publication).

    Contact: Nancy A. Winchester, Editor, ASPB News, 15501 Monona Drive, Rockville, MD 20855-2768 USA;; 301-296-0904.

    2017 American Society of Plant Biologists

    1 Presidents Letter

    2017 ASPB Awards

    4 ASPB Announces 2017 Award Winners

    10 2017 Womens Young Investigator Travel Award Winners Announced

    11 Plant Science Research Network Updates

    Membership Corner

    13 Sarah Wyatt


    14 Jenna Gallegos Awarded ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

    Science Policy

    16 Policy Update

    18 ASPB Leads Organization of Congressional Ag Research Event

    Education Forum

    19 ASPB@NSTA: Planting Seeds to Grow Plant Biology in the Science Curriculum

    New Staff

    21 ASPB Welcomes Winnie Nham as New Education Coordinator


    22 Gerald F. Deitzer

    23 Andr Jagendorf


    As the first step to enhance the ASPB endowment account, we have created the ASPB Legacy Society, modeled after similar initiatives at the Botanical Society of America ( and the American Phytopathological Society ( Investment income generated by Legacy Society funds will be used to support innovative programs and activities at ASPB related to educa-tion and outreach, publishing,

    community expansion and engage-ment, and, of course, professional development for future generations of plant biologists.

    To help create the Legacy Society, a group of long-standing, prominent ASPB members were invited to become Founding Members by making a contribu-tion of at least $5,000, either in cash or as a legacy gift. The names of those who chose to do so are listed below, and their biographies will appear in upcoming issues of the ASPB News and provide the foundation for creating an ASPB

    PRESIDENTS LETTER continued from page 1

    ASPB Legacy Society Founding Members

    academic family tree that will be presented at the Societys 100th anniversary meeting in 2024.

    Boosted by the generosity and commitment of these Founding Members, the ASPB Legacy Society is now open to all members of the Society. By making your own commitment to become a member of the ASPB Legacy Society, you help pave the way for ASPBs future success, moving us toward our goal of doubling the existing endow-ment and investment account by the Societys 100th anniversary. You can join the Legacy Society

    at a variety of financial levels, and your membership will be recognized in the online ASPB Directory. Broad-based support for Legacy Society membership will also help ASPB acquire additional financial support from industry and private foundations.

    Please consider becoming a member of the ASPB Legacy Society. By doing so, you help maintain ASPB as the lead-ing society in plant biology research. n

    Presidents Letter

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    Daniel CosgroveJohn CushmanDebby DelmerMachi DilworthRick DixonGerry EdwardsBeth GanttRobert GiaquintaRobert GoldbergPam GreenMary Lou GuerinotTom Guilfoyle *Gretchen HagenSarah Hake

    Maureen HansonJohn HaradaJeff HarperAnn HirschTom HodgesBeth HoodMark JacobsAndr Jagendorf *Russ JonesStefan KirchanskiHarry KleeLeon KochianBrian LarkinsRob Last

    Peggy LemauxSharon LongSteve LongBill LucasSally MackenzieRob McClungSabeeha MerchantJon MonroeGloria MudayJohn MulletJohn OhlroggeMel OliverDon OrtKathy Osteryoung

    Ralph QuatranoNatasha RaihkelDoug RandallStan RouxDanny SchnellLawrence SchraderTom SharkeyLou ShermanJim SiedowBijay SinghChris SomervilleShauna SomervilleEdgar SpaldingGary Stacey

    Chris StaigerHeven SzeLincoln TaizElizabeth VierlingRick VierstraLinda WallingSue WesslerElli WurtzelMariaElena ZavalaJian-Kang Zhu

    * Deceased

    2017 ASPB Election ResultsMany thanks to those members who took the time to vote this spring, and hearty congratulations to our new officers! They will begin their service to ASPB on October 1, 2017. Look for more information about our new leaders in the next issue of the ASPB News.