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NSF Seeks Community Input on Fundamental Biological Research

Contributed by aneely on Dec 10, 2018 - 09:12 PM
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The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) is requesting input from the community on fundamental biological research questions and topics, specifically on the idea of creating “Integration Institutes for Cross-cutting Biology” to integrate diverse sub-disciplines of biology and support collaborative teams of researchers. NSF seeks ideas that span multiple levels of organization in living systems and require expertise from diverse biological subdisciplines.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2019. The Request for Information is available here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19027/nsf19027.jsp


Botany in Action (BIA) Fellowship program Currently Accepting Proposals

Contributed by aneely on Dec 07, 2018 - 08:20 PM
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Phipps Conservatory is currently accepting proposals for their Botany in Action (BIA) Fellowship program.

BIA fosters the development of the next generation of plant-based scientists who are committed, first, to excellent research, and second, to educational outreach. Open to Ph.D. students enrolled at U.S. graduate institutions and conducting plant-based scientific research, the program provides each fellow with:

1) $5,000 for use towards research-related expenses at sites in the U.S. or abroad,

2) an all-expenses-paid trip to Phipps to engage in science outreach training and opportunities to translate and communicate their research to non-scientific, public audiences through written, visual and/or oral means, and

3) subsequent opportunities to connect their research with the public through programs, exhibits and other outreach venues.

Click Here for more details.

All proposal materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Fri., Jan. 11, 2019.


Plant Molecular Biology Consortium 2018 - 2019 Seminar Series

Contributed by aneely on Dec 07, 2018 - 08:03 PM
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The Plant Molecular Biology Consortium sponsors monthly seminars featuring nationally recognized academic and industrial plant scientists. Meetings are held from 4 to 6 p.m., beginning promptly at 4 p.m., at NCBiotech. Refreshments are served after the seminar.

Download the 2018-2019 Seminar Series Flier.


Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Contributed by aneely on Dec 07, 2018 - 05:45 PM
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University of California Santa Cruz
Applications for the 2019 class of Scholars are available at conservationscholars.ucsc.edu and are due February 8, 2019.

Twenty early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country are selected to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years. The goal of this program is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land. Efforts are focused on serving college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with two years of college left at a stage when we can support their undergraduate careers and their choices as they graduate. The Conservation Scholars receive a $4,000 stipend each summer and become part of the national Doris Duke Conservation Scholars network for life. Students who attend or are transferring to any four-year institution in the US, its territories and Native nations are eligible.

For more information, visit conservationscholars.ucsc.edu or email the Program Director, Dr. Justin Cummings, jacummin@ucsc.edu.


Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University - Research Fellowships, Awards, and Internships

Contributed by aneely on Nov 06, 2018 - 09:40 PM
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The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University promotes and supports research consistent with its mission to discover and disseminate knowledge of the plant kingdom. To foster both independent and collaborative work, the Arboretum offers fellowships and awards to students, post-doctoral researchers, and professionals of the biological and horticultural sciences. Applicants are encouraged to define and develop paths of inquiry using the Arboretum’s resources, including its world-renowned living collection, herbarium, plant records, library and archives, greenhouse and laboratories, and the expertise of its staff.

There is currently one fellowship, eight awards, and an internship program. Applicants must submit a research proposal online for the fellowship and awards by Feb 1, 2019. Applicants must apply for the internship program by March 1, 2019.

Please see the website for the specific requirements of each award.


Woods Hole Research Center: The Polaris Project - Summer Research Opportunity

Contributed by aneely on Oct 23, 2018 - 07:41 PM
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The Polaris Project brings students to Alaska where they lead research to study the changing Arctic. The 2019 expedition is scheduled for approximately June 26-July 27 and will include two weeks of intensive fieldwork in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, AK followed by two weeks of analysis and synthesis at the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC). This research opportunity is fully funded and provides a $3000 stipend. Students from any U.S. college or university are eligible to apply. More information about the program and application instructions can be found here: http://www.thepolarisproject.org/2019-polaris-application-materials/

Save The Date! The 23rd International Conference on Plant Growth Substances

Contributed by aneely on Oct 03, 2018 - 02:13 PM
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The 23rd International Conference on Plant Growth Substances will take place on Jun 25-29 2019 at the Université Paris-Descartes in Paris, France.  The International Plant Growth Substances Association (IPGSA) Conference welcomes researchers, academics and students from university and industry interested in the hormones, growth substances and signaling processes of plants. Visit www.ipgsa2019.com for more information.

Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany

Contributed by aneely on Sep 24, 2018 - 06:35 PM
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The Garden Club of America’s Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany provides at least one grant award of $4,500 annually to support research related to medicinal plants. An important aspect of the award is that it is intended to enable a student to pursue an avenue of research that might otherwise prove closed. Accordingly, the funds may be used to cover direct costs associated with travel, field studies, or laboratory research. However, fellowship funds may not cover indirect costs, overhead, or student stipends and should not be used to pay for lab space or supplies normally provided by universities.

65th Annual Missouri Botanical Garden Fall Symposium

Contributed by admin on Sep 17, 2018 - 05:39 PM
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“Biota of North America: what we know, what we don’t know and what we’re losing.”

October 12-13, 2018

This year’s Symposium brings together a distinguished group of speakers actively working on increasing our understanding of species diversity and ecological interactions in North American ecosystems, as well the most pressing conservation issues they face. A surprising number and variety of North American species are quietly disappearing, yet scientists have only catalogued a small proportion of the total diversity of organisms. Our speakers will highlight the current status of our knowledge of North American species, showcase important ecological interactions at risk, and provide a perspective on future conservation actions. The program will be of interest to students of systematics, phylogeny, evolution, and conservation.

Organizing committee: Monica Carlsen, Aaron Floden, Peter Hoch, and James Miller


Training course in Tropical Field Botany

Contributed by admin on Aug 27, 2018 - 04:56 PM
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The Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG), the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), and the Universidad Estatal Amazónica (UEA) are pleased to announce a 3-week training program in Tropical Field Botany in Ecuador for highly motivated early graduate students from American universities who are interested in pursuing a career in Plant Systematics.  Scientists from MBG, NYBG, and UEA will offer a broad introduction to the topics of tropical field botany and plant taxonomy through a variety of experiences, including classroom lectures, discussion sessions, and fieldwork.  Drawing from the instructors’ personal research experiences, students will learn about the tools and methods used to understand and conduct research on Tropical Botany and the related topic of plant conservation.

The Rupert Barneby Award of The New York Botanical Garden

Contributed by admin on Aug 16, 2018 - 04:57 PM
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The Rupert Barneby Award, named in honor of the late NYBG scientist and renowned legume expert, consists of US$2000 granted annually to assist researchers to visit The New York Botanical Garden to study the rich herbarium collection of Leguminosae. Graduate students and early career professionals with research in systematics and/or legume diversity are given special consideration. Projects that will result in the improved curation of the collection are desirable. Anyone interested in applying for the award should submit their: 1) curriculum vitae; 2) a proposal describing the project for which the award is sought; 3) contact information for two individuals who can vouch for the qualifications of the applicant. The proposal should address specifically the activities to be performed at NYBG and should consist of: 1) title page with proposal title, applicant’s name, address, and e-mail address; 2) body of the proposal of no more than two pages, including justification, objectives, and research plan; 3) literature cited; 4) travel budget. The application should be addressed to Dr. Benjamin M. Torke, Institute of Systematic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden, 1900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458-5126, USA, and received no later than December 1, 2018. Submission by e-mail is preferred (send to: btorke@nybg.org). Announcement of the recipient will be made in January. Travel to NYBG should be planned for some period during 2019. Recipients are asked to give a presentation about their research.

CBHL Literature Awards Recognize Excellence in Botanical and Horticultural Literature

Contributed by admin on Jul 13, 2018 - 06:59 PM
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June 21, 2018 – New York – The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries, Inc. (CBHL) presented its nineteenth Annual Literature Awards on June 21, 2018. This presentation was made in Brooklyn during CBHL's 50th Annual Meeting hosted by the New York Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The CBHL Annual Literature Awards, created to recognize significant contributions to the literature of botany and horticulture, this year honored four remarkable works.

CBHL Charles Robert Long Award of Extraordinary Merit to Susan Fraser

Contributed by admin on Jul 13, 2018 - 06:52 PM
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Susan Fraser, Thomas J. Hubbard Vice President and Director, The LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden, received the Charles Robert Long Award of Extraordinary Merit on June 22, 2018 from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL).

Tropical Botany 2018

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2018 - 12:32 AM
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Tropical Botany is an intensive course of study in the biology and systematics of tropical plants. The class is largely based on the extensive holdings of tropical vascular plants at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, University of Miami’s Gifford Arboretum, and the Montgomery Botanical Center.  These gardens have the largest living collections of tropical plants in the United States.  Additionally, field trips to the Florida Everglades, the Florida Keys, and adjacent natural areas are included.  The natural vegetation of South Florida, which includes littoral and dry land habitats, mixed tropical hardwood hammocks, pinelands, and mangrove communities, introduces students to the diversity of tropical vegetation. For more information, please email tropics@fiu.edu

Plant BLOOME Awards

Contributed by hcacanindin on Jan 25, 2018 - 02:35 PM

Plant BLOOME 2018- Applications now being accepted

In 1995, ASPB established Plant BLOOME with the goal to enhance public awareness and understanding of the essential roles of plants in all areas of life. Plant BLOOME 2018 is open to ASPB members with education and outreach projects that advance youth, student, and general public knowledge and appreciation of plant biology. These projects should strive to promote and explain varying facets of the:

  • Importance of plants for the sustainable production of medicine, food, fibers, and fuels;
  • Critical role plants play in sustaining functional ecosystems in changing environments;
  • Latest developments in plant biotechnologies, including genetic modifications that improve the quality and disease- and stress-resistance of crops;
  • Discoveries made in plants that have led to improved human health and wellbeing; and
  • Range of careers related to plant biology or available to plant biologists.
A maximum award size of $50,000 can be requested for the one-year funding cycle. Projects can begin any time after recipients are notified. Applications will be accepted December 1, 2017 - April 2, 2018 (11:59 ET). Learn more and apply at http://bloome.aspb.org

4th International Brachypodium Conference

Contributed by hcacanindin on Jan 25, 2018 - 02:24 PM

4th International Brachypodium Conference on 25-28 June 2019, in Huesca, Spain. The conference will be organized by the University of Zaragoza - Huesca Campus and will be held at the Huesca Convention Centre.

This biennial meeting follows successful conferences in France in 2011, Italy in 2013, USA in 2015, and China in 2017.

Brachypodium distachyon has proven to be an outstanding model system for functional, comparative, and other studies in plant biology and crop improvement. Recently, the model has been extended to include other annual and perennial Brachypodium species opening the door to explorations of polyploid genome evolution and perenniality. We will gather to share and discuss the latest discoveries, tool and resource developments, establish Jackpot City collaborations and identify avenues for future research.

You can visit our 4th IBC 2019 web site at brachypodium2019.org to get updated information on the conference. The registration period will be open from January 2019 on.

We look forward to meeting you at Huesca and enjoying the Central Pre-Pyrenees and Pyrenees, one of the world “hotspots” of Brachypodium diversity.


The Bee Course

Contributed by hcacanindin on Dec 15, 2017 - 02:13 PM
In Partnership with the American Museum of Natural History and the Southwestern 
Research Station, we are proud to announce the 20th installment of The Bee Course.  Held 
in Portal, Arizona from August 20th through the 30th, the Bee Course is designed to 
provide biologists interested in pollinators with the tools and knowledge necessary to 
collect, process, and to begin to identify bee specimens.  We encourage all interested 
parties to apply.  For more information, including instructions on how to apply, please visit 
our new home at www.thebeecourse.org.  Applications are due before March 1, 2018.

Pan-American Scholars Program

Contributed by hcacanindin on Dec 13, 2017 - 04:51 PM
It is with pleasure that the Botanical Society of America (BSA) and the Latin American Botanical Society (ALB) announce the Pan-American Scholar program associated with the XII Latin American Botanical Congress to be held in Quito, Ecuador 21-28 October 2018. Four awards will be made to participants ($1,500 each) who will be called ‘Pan-American Scholars’. Applicants eligible to apply must be members of the BSA (Two awards) or ALB (Two awards) and early career professionals and faculty members who have received their PhD within 5 years. www.clb2018.org

Summer 2018 REU in Botany and Conservation Biology

Contributed by hcacanindin on Dec 13, 2017 - 03:23 PM
The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, MO will be offering an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates summer program in 2018. Ten students will be chosen to participate in a ten-week program involving full-time work on an independent research project, with the guidance of a staff mentor, in addition to educational seminars, discussion sessions and field trips. Available research projects deal with subjects including taxonomy, conservation biology, population genetics and speciation, ethnobotany, and crop development. Students will receive a weekly stipend as well as housing, food, transportation, and funding for research supplies. Eligible students are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will be returning to school in the fall semester after the REU program. Students from underrepresented groups and from schools with limited research infrastructure are particularly encouraged to apply. The application deadline is February 28, 2018. Further information on the program, available mentors and projects, and how to apply can be obtained from the website: www.mobot.org/reu. If the website does not answer your questions, please email wendy.applequist@mobot.org.

The Twelfth Latin American Botanical Congress

Contributed by admin on Jul 30, 2017 - 07:17 PM
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XII Latin American Botanical Congress

October 21-28, 2018, Quito, Ecuador

www.clb2018.org


Next Generation Biology: from Species to Ecosystems

Contributed by admin on Jul 30, 2017 - 06:53 PM
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64th Annual Fall Symposium

Next Generation Biology: from Species to Ecosystems

Missouri Botanical Garden

St. Louis, Missouri

October 13-14, 2017

Organizing committee: Monica Carlsen, Christy Edwards,
Peter Hoch, Iván Jiménez, and James Miller

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/plant-science/plant-science/resources/conferences-and-seminars/annual-systematics-symposium.aspx


How to be an Effective Conference Session Moderator

Contributed by rhund on Jun 24, 2017 - 12:38 PM

If you are a new researcher embarking on your career, one of the best and quickest ways for you to develop your professional network is to act as a session moderator at a conference in your field. Not only does this associate your name with a topic or area, but you will also have the opportunity to connect with your peers and to meet top senior researchers in your field. For the God’s sake, play Canadian casino – Jackpot City - it really pays out, unlike online casinos from any other country. However, this is also a very public role that you may feel hesitant at first to embrace. Here are a few tips to get you started.


Eagle Hill Institute Natural History Science 2017 Field Seminars

Contributed by rhund on Jan 30, 2017 - 02:02 PM

Eagle Hill Institute, located on the eastern coast of Maine, will host seminars and workshops focusing on natural history during Summer 2017. These workshops are in support of field biologists, researchers, field naturalists, faculty members, students, and artists with interests in the natural history sciences.


In-residence course/workshop on systematics tropical plants, May 21 – June 18, 2017.

Contributed by rhund on Nov 09, 2016 - 03:57 PM

The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, in collaboration with Florida International University, the International Center for Tropical Botany, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and the Montgomery Botanical Center, will offer an intensive, in-residence course/workshop on the systematics of tropical plants, in Coconut Grove, Florida, from May 21 – June 18, 2017.


Blog post: Botany is not dead, but this plant is

Contributed by rhund on Oct 28, 2016 - 02:32 PM
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BSA member Jennifer Ackerfield blogs about the ongoing importance of herbaria:
"Protecting and caring for these invaluable and irreplaceable resources must be at the forefront for universities, botanic gardens, and museums. Because only time will tell what herbarium specimens will be used for in the future, as permanent records of the past."
https://alienplantation.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/guest-post-botany-is-not-dead-but-this-plant-is/

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