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The ASPB Innovation Prize for Agricultural Technology
This prize was inaugurated in 2015 to recognize the outstanding work of industry scientists in companies of all sizes who translate discovery research into real-world outcomes that benefit agriculture. The award additionally acts as a vehicle to increase the awareness of the highest quality science performed by industry scientists, whether or not they are members of the society upon nomination, and showcases the opportunities and rewards of this career path. The Innovation Prize, which is made biennially, is a monetary award that also provides a one-year membership in the Society.
The 2015 winners are...
Sherri Brown David Fischhoff Mike Koziel Fred Perlak
Monsanto, Creve The Climate Corporation AgBiome, Durham Monsanto Company
Coeur, Missouri St. Louis, Missouri North Carolina St. Louis, Missouri
The inaugural 2015 ASPB Innovation Prize for Agricultural Technology is awarded jointly to Sherri Brown, David Fischhoff, Mike Koziel, and Fred Perlak. Their leadership of pioneering research and development teams led to the engineering of commercially viable varieties of cotton and corn that express derivatives of insecticidal proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis. The insect-resistant crops that they developed, and subsequent generations of improved varieties, have had a major impact on crop yields in both developed and developing countries, and they have also had significant environmental benefits by reducing the use of chemical pesticides.
Adolph E. Gude, Jr., Award
This monetary award honors the Gude Family, who made possible the establishment of the Gude Plant Science Center. The award, established by the Society and first given in 1983, is made triennially to a scientist or lay person in recognition of outstanding service to the science of plant biology.
The 2013 winner is...
University of California, Riverside
Natasha Raikhel has made significant scientific contributions to plant biology with her studies in the field of protein trafficking, including fascinating work on the vacuole, cell wall biosynthesis, nuclear import signaling, and lectins. Natasha’s work ranges over the broad areas of plant biochemistry and plant cell biology, and her extraordinary discoveries in these realms have revealed a great deal about plant growth and development. One of her major contributions has been to adapt cutting edge cell biology techniques to the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana Natasha’s visionary Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) has provided the perfect atmosphere for innovative science and established a new paradigm for excellence in plant research and training. The center brings together the best faculty from diverse fields, promotes unprecedented interaction, and supports cutting-edge science with the latest technology. CEPCEB is unique in that no other public or private research institute offers this unprecedented combination of people, ideas, and technology to promote breakthrough science. Natasha has made a major impact on the science of plant biology and has given outstanding service to the plant community. She has served on numerous advisory and editorial boards, and she has organized many meetings. Most notably, she was editor-in-chief of Plant Physiology from 2000 to 2005, and her vision and tireless efforts transformed Plant Physiology into a flagship journal in plant biology. She instituted new initiatives, such as Breakthrough Technologies, Special Issues, Updates, and more. By shaping the foci of the journal, she effectively influenced plant research by promoting the incorporation of new concepts and technological advances. She also used the journal to bring key issues that range from the technical to the ethical to the attention of plant biologists, such as gene nomenclature, data release policies, exchanges of information and materials, and ethical standards for publishing. Through these efforts, Natasha has generated lasting impacts on the past, present, and future of plant biology.
Adolph E. Gude, Jr. Award Committee
Charles Albert Shull Award
Created in 1971 to honor the Society’s founding father and the first editor-in-chief of Plant Physiology
, this award is designed to recognize young researchers. It is a monetary award made annually and is given for outstanding investigations in the field of plant biology by a scientist who is under 45 years of age on January 1 of the year of presentation, or who is fewer than 10 years from the granting of the doctoral degree. The recipient is invited to address the Society at the annual meeting the following year.
The 2015 winner is...
The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich United Kingdom
Cyril Zipfel, who heads The Sainsbury Laboratory, is the 2015 recipient of the Charles Albert Shull Award. Cyril played a leading role in the discovery of pattern-triggered immunity in plants, including the characterization of the bacterial peptides flagellin (flg22) and EF-Tu (elf18) as pattern-associated molecular markers that activate signaling by the receptor-like kinases FLS2 and EFR, respectively, leading to plant immunity. He found that the brassinosteroid co-receptor, BAK1, also cooperates with FLS2 and EFR, and he identified residues of BAK1 that are key to specifying co-receptor output toward brassinosteroid signaling, cell death control, or innate immunity. Cyril also made the major practical discovery that transgenic expression of Arabidopsis EFR in Solanaceous species, which normally do not recognize the bacterial ligand EF-Tu, confers immunity to a broad range of bacteria, and he has extended this approach to cereals.
Charles Albert Shull Award Committee
Charles F. Kettering Award
This award was established by an endowment from the Kettering Foundation in 1962 to recognize excellence in the field of photosynthesis. It is a monetary award to be given in even-numbered years to an individual for meritorious work in photosynthesis.
The 2014 winner is...
Susanne von Caemmerer
Australian National University
Susanne von Caemmerer co-developed what is arguably the most widely used biochemical model in plant biology – the Farquhar, von Caemmerer and Berry model of C3 photosynthesis. Susanne led reducing the model to practice, first identifying the key physiological measurements and then the new molecular approaches needed to apply the model. Susanne went on to develop an equally widely used model of C4 photosynthesis. She resolved the long debated and critical question of why there is so much Rubisco by showing that under high-light Rubisco exerts very strong metabolic control in both C3 and C4 plants and therefore is not in excess. Most recently Susanne has led the way toward resolving anomalies around the critical issue of mesophyll conductance.
Charles F. Kettering Award Committee
Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award
This is the oldest award, established in 1925 at the first annual meeting of the Society through the generosity of Dr. Charles A. Shull. It honors Dr. Charles Reid Barnes, the first professor of plant physiology at the University of Chicago. It is an annual award for meritorious work in plant biology; it provides a life membership in the Society to an individual who is at least sixty years old. Membership is not a requirement for the award, and, if appropriate, every fifth award should be made to an outstanding plant biologist from outside the United States.
The 2014 winner is...
James N. Siedow
This year’s recipient of the Barnes Award is James N. (Jim) Siedow of Duke University, who is recognized and honored for both his stellar research in plant biochemistry, and his service to the plant biology community, within and beyond ASPB. Over the course of a forty year career, Jim helped found the field of mitochondrial bioenergetics, and he has been a strong and effective advocate for plant biology research. Jim has also made numerous highly valued contributions to the ASPB, including providing insightful leadership as the Society’s President (1994 – 1995).
Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award Committee
Corresponding Membership Award
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.
The 2014 winners are...
University of British Columbia, Canada
Carl is a Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is recognized internationally for his pioneering work on molecular biology and genetics of plant metabolism with particular contributions through his research on phenylpropanoid metabolism, lignin biosynthesis, and regulation of plant cell wall biosynthesis. Carl has also been a major contributor to the establishment and development of poplar as a model system for tree biology. Carl was the vice-President and President of the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists (CSPB; 2007 – 2011), in which capacity he served as a co-host for the joint CSPB-ASPB Plant Biology meeting in Montréal in 2010. Carl has been a member of ASPB for almost 30 years, and he is also active this year on the ASPB Program Committee. He has organized or helped to organize several recent international meetings.
John Innes Centre, United Kingdom
Cathie is a group leader at the John Innes Centre and Professor at the University of East Anglia, UK. Her research spans the entire spectrum of plant biology, from fundamental to applied. Her fundamental research has focused on cellular specialization, especially how color and cell shape in flowers are used by different plants for pollinator attraction. Cathie discovered key genes that control pigment production, and showed that these genes can be manipulated and transferred among plant species to generate new colors and patterns. Cathie took advantage of the opportunity to develop her research findings for the promotion of human health, and she was recently recognized as ‘Most Promising Innovator’ of 2014 by the UK National Funding Agency, the Biological and Biotechnological Science Research Council. She was also rewarded for her notable contributions to plant biotechnology and her service to plant science, including as Editor-in-Chief of The Plant Cell, when she was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by the Queen of England. Indeed, Cathie has served on the editorial board of The Plant Cell continuously for 15 years as Coeditor, Assigning Editor and, since 2008, as Editor-in-Chief. Cathie has been a long standing member of ASPB; and she has served as a conference chair, keynote speaker, plenary speaker and session organizer at numerous conferences, including ASPB meetings.
Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Su-May is a distinguished research fellow at the Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. She is recognized internationally for her pioneering work on rice transformation using Agrobacterium which she followed up by establishing a large rice T-DNA instertional mutant population. Su-May’s research has also provided new insight into the source – sink relationship that balances nutrient demand and supply at the beginning of the life cycle in cereals. She has also successfully translated her innovative basic research into applications. As a result, she has been granted 29 international patents. Su-May has received a number of international and national awards, including Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; 2009) and Taiwan Outstanding Women in Science (2013). In addition, she has been an active member of ASPB.
Corresponding Membership Committee
Dennis R. Hoagland Award
This monetary award, established by the Society in 1985 with funds provided by the Monsanto Agricultural Products Company, honors Dr. Dennis R. Hoagland, recipient of the first Hales award, for his outstanding contributions and leadership in plant mineral nutrition. The award, to be made not more frequently than triennially, is for outstanding plant research in support of agriculture.
The 2012 winner is...
Mary Lou Guerinot
Mary Lou Guerinot receives this award for her seminal contributions to the field of iron nutrition, work that has revolutionized our understanding of iron’s uptake, long-distance transport, and distribution to subcellular compartments, as well as iron deficiency signaling pathways in plants.
Dennis R. Hoagland Award Committee
Excellence in Education Award (Excellence in Teaching until 2009)
This award was initiated in 1988 to recognize outstanding teaching, mentoring, and/or educational outreach in plant biology. It is a monetary award to be made annually in recognition of excellence in teaching, leadership in curricular development, or authorship of effective teaching materials in the science of plant biology.
The 2014 winner is...
Truman State University
The 2014 Excellence in Education Award honors Brent Buckner (Truman State University). Brent is recognized as a leader, not only for his innovative teaching and high quality mentoring, but also for engaging in funded projects that reach far beyond his institution. He has an impressive record of working with undergraduate students on meaningful research projects leading to mutual publications and of placing students into excellent graduate and professional programs (frequently in the plant sciences). Brent has been an impactful contributor to national programs including MaizeGDB and DNA Subway through the iPlant Collaborative. By teaching others to use evidence-based teaching strategies, he is serving an invaluable role in the plant biology community.
Excellence in Education Award Committee
Eric E. Conn Young Investigator Award
The Eric E. Conn Young Investigator Award, first given by the Society in 2011, honors Eric E. Conn's contributions in plant biology by recognizing young scientists who will be inspired to follow in his footsteps. The award recognizes not only outstanding research but also demonstrated excellence in outreach, public service, mentoring, or teaching by plant scientists at the beginning of their careers. This award is a monetary award made biennially for demonstrated commitment by a member of the Society who is not more than five years post-PhD on January 1st of the year of the presentation. It also provides one year membership to the Society.
The 2013 winner is...
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
This year’s recipient, Daisuke Urano (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is recognized both for his outstanding contributions to our understanding of the regulation of G protein activation in plants and for his great mentoring skills. Daisuke demonstrated the mechanism of self-activation of G protein signaling in plants, work that was published in Nature Cell Biology. In addition to his research activities, Daisuke has made significant contributions to a number of ASPB activities and to mentoring students and postdocs.
Eric E. Conn Young Investigator Award Committee
Martin Gibbs Medal
The Martin Gibbs Medal was instituted by the Society's executive committee in 1993 to honor Martin Gibbs, editor of Plant Physiology from 1963 to 1992. The Gibbs Medal is presented biennially to an individual who has pioneered advances that have served to establish new directions of investigation in the plant sciences. The winner will receive the medal and will be invited to convene a Martin Gibbs Medal Symposium at the annual meeting the following year.
The 2013 winner is...
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
It is our pleasure to award the 2013 Martin Gibbs Medal to Jen Sheen. Jen’s receipt of the Gibbs Medal recognizes her seminal and innovative contributions to our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying the plant signal transduction cascades that mediate nutrient, hormone, and environmental stress responses and pathogen defenses in plants. Jen’s work is characterized by a penchant for developing and implementing powerful research strategies, as well as integrating a number of complementary experimental approaches to develop new and deeper understanding of plant biology. Jen will convene a Martin Gibbs Medal Symposium at the annual meeting in 2014.
Martin Gibbs Medal Committee
Robert Rabson Award
The Robert Rabson Award, first given by the Society in 2012, recognizes Bob Rabson's steadfast advocacy of plant biology through creation of funding programs in the Department of Energy for research in basic energy sciences. The award recognizes postdocs and faculty-level early career scientists, whether or not members of the Society, in academic, government, and corporate research institutions, who have made excellent contributions in the area of bioenergy research. The award, which is made biennially, is a monetary award that also provides a one-year membership in the Society.
The 2014 winner is...
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
For his exceptional creativity in developing several novel and widely applicable strategies for plant cell wall engineering, Dominique Loque (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California) is the winner of the second Robert Rabson Award. This award recognizes Rabson’s steadfast advocacy for plant biology through the creation of funding programs in the U.S. Department of Energy for research in basic energy sciences.
Robert Rabson Award Committee
Stephen Hales Prize
This award honors the Reverend Stephen Hales for his pioneering work in plant biology published in his 1727 book Vegetable Staticks. It is a monetary award established in 1927 for a scientist, whether or not a member of the Society, who has served the science of plant biology in some noteworthy manner. The award is made annually. The recipient of the award is invited to address the Society on a subject in plant biology at the next annual meeting.
The 2014 winner is...
Michigan State University
Mike Thomashow is the 2014 recipient of the Stephen Hales prize, which honors the Reverend Stephen Hales for his pioneering work in plant biology published in his 1727 book Vegetable Staticks.. Mike is recognized for his important contributions toward understanding the responses of plants to cold. Furthermore he has served plant biology in many ways, including as president of ASPB (2005 – 2006), as an editor of major journals, as director of his institute in a difficult period, and by promoting plant science at the local and national levels.
Stephen Hales Prize Committee
Early Career Award
The Early Career was instituted by the Society's executive committee in 2005 to recognize outstanding research by scientists at the beginning of their careers. This award is a monetary award made annually for exceptionally creative, independent contributions by a member of the Society who is not more than seven years post-Ph.D. on January 1st of the year of the presentation.
The 2014 winner is...
Massahcusetts Institute of Technology
The Early Career Award acknowledges outstanding research by a scientist generally not more than seven years post-Ph.D. This year’s Early Career Award recipient is Jing‐Ke Weng of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Jing-Ke is recognized for his extraordinary record of achievement, creativity, and future promise as a leader in understanding the evolution of biochemical diversity in plants.
Early Career Award Committee
Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research
The ASPB Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research was approved by the Society’s executive committee in 2005 to honor Dr. Bogorad’s many contributions to plant biology, including his influential efforts to bring the techniques of molecular biology to bear on problems in plant biology; his groundbreaking research on chloroplast genetics, biogenesis, structure, and function;and his inspired teaching and mentoring. The ASPB Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research is a monetary award made biennially to a plant scientist whose work both illuminates the present and suggests paths to enlighten the future.
The 2014 winner is...
Thomas J. Guilfoyle
University of Missouri
Thomas J. Guilfoyle has been an inspiring pioneer and innovative leader since the inception of plant molecular biology. He has made fundamental scientific contributions in applying cutting-edge molecular technologies and approaches toward developing invaluable tools and novel concepts that have illuminated new directions of research in plant hormone signaling and propelled discoveries in plant transcriptional regulation, viral replication and auxin biology. In addition to his research achievements, Tom’s dedication, creativity and generosity have greatly inspired a broad spectrum of plant biologists and students across different plant fields from physiology to biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology. His work and vision will continue to provide illumination in current research and stimulate future innovations in plant biology. Accordingly, Tom is the 2014 recipient of the ASPB Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research, which honors Dr. Bogorad’s many contributions to plant biology.
Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research Committee
ASPB-Pioneer Hi-Bred Graduate Student Fellowship
This award, made possible by the generosity of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, recognizes and encourages innovative graduate research and innovation in areas of plant biology that relate to important commodity crops. One $22,000 fellowship will be given annually from 2010 through 2013, with an additional $1,000 awarded for the recipient to attend the ASPB annual meeting in the year of their award. Each nominee must attend a U.S.-accredited college or university and must demonstrate interest in the study of plant biology or a related discipline. Each nominee must be a Ph.D. candidate—i.e., have successfully passed their preliminary examinations, must demonstrate an excellent academic record, and must be a member of ASPB. An individual may receive this prize only once. ASPB-Pioneer Hi-Bred Graduate Student Fellowship Committee
The 2013 winner is...
Stanford University, California
Rachel Egger (Stanford University) is the 2013 recipient of this fellowship; she is a PhD student studying maize anther development in Virginia Walbot’s laboratory. Rachel’s dissertation research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that regulate asymmetric cell division, a critical event in anther patterning and pollen formation.
ASPB-Pioneer Hi-Bred Graduate Student Fellowship Committee
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.
Fellow of ASPB Award Committee
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ASPB Leadership in Science Public Service Award
The ASPB Public Affairs Committee awards the ASPB Leadership in Science Public Service Award annually to recognize individuals who have advanced the mission of ASPB and its members through significant contributions to plant science and public policy leadership. Awardees generally have made contributions to the broader society that are relevant to the work of plant biologists; recipients need not be plant scientists themselves.
The ASPB Leadership in Science Public Service Award recipient is invited to address the Society during the annual meeting held in the year of their award.
The 2014 recipient is...
Grist & University of California, Berkeley
Nathanael Johnson is a journalist who lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter. He is the food writer for Grist, and teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. He was an editor at Meatpaper and was part of the early team at the start-up Delve. All Natural is his first book. He grew up in Nevada City, California. He will speak as part of the awards symposium at Plant Biology 2014 in Portland this July.
The Science Policy Committee welcomes nominations for individuals who should be considered for the ASPB Leadership in Science Public Service Award. Please send letters of nomination and any questions to ASPB Associate Director of Public Affairs Tyrone Spady (firstname.lastname@example.org).