Posted By Kathy R. Munkvold,
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
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biology research was well represented in this
year’s selections to the National Academy of Sciences. Four American Society of Plant Biologists
(ASPB) members were elected as new members and two as foreign associates. Each year the Academy elects a maximum of 84
members and 21 foreign associates based on their exemplary achievements in
original research. Congratulations to
the following plant biologists and ASPB members selected for this highest honor:
- Xinnian Dong – Professor of Biology, Duke University;
and Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Investigator. Xinnian currently
serves as a coeditor for The Plant Cell and has previously
served as a monitoring editor for Plant Physiology.
Klee – Professor of
Horticultural Sciences; University of Florida, Gainesville.
Merchant – Professor of
Biochemistry; University of California, Los Angeles. Sabeeha has received several ASPB
awards, including the Charles Albert Shull Award in
1999, Charles F. Kettering Award 2010, and was named and ASPB Fellow in
- Natasha Raikhel – Distinguished Professor of Plant
Biology; University of California, Riverside. Natasha served as Editor in Chief of Plant
Physiology from 2000-2005, received the ASPB Stephen Hales Prize
in 2004, and was named an ASPB Fellow in 2007.
- George Coupland – Director, Max Planck Institute for
Plant Breeding Research.
- Ottoline Leyser
– Associate Director; The Sainsbury
Laboratory University of Cambridge. Ottoline formerly served on the
editorial board of The Arabidopsis Book
additional plant biologist, unaffiliated with the society, was also selected as
a new member:
- Pedro Sanchez –
Director, Tropical Agriculture and
Rural Environment; The Earth Institute, Columbia University.