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Lemaux Elected President of Plant Society

Key position in 5,000-member international organization

By Karyn Houston

Cooperative Extension Specialist Peggy Lemaux has been elected President of the 5,000-member American Society of Plant Biologists, a key position that brings some attention to Department and the University of California. Lemaux, a leader in educational efforts in agriculture, food and farming methods, has been a member of the Society for 27 years and is the fifth UC Berkeley scientist to lead this professional group in its 87-year history as a plant biology-focused organization.

Lemaux will be on the forefront of providing input on important...

Prestigious Appointment for Plant Biologist

Funding agencies spotlight importance of plant research, commit for future

By Karyn Houston

Decision makers at two of the largest biomedical funders in the world made a huge statement earlier this year when they gave millions of dollars and carte blanche research freedom to 15 plant biologists, including one from UC Berkeley.

“Plants impact medicine, energy, food and the environment,” said Vicki Chandler, Chief Program Officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. “It’s such an important area that has been historically underfunded. Plants are critical to understanding huge societal issues over the...

Prestigious Appointment for Plant Biologist

Funding agencies spotlight importance of plant research, commit for future

By Karyn Houston

Decision makers at two of the largest biomedical funders in the world made a huge statement earlier this year when they gave millions of dollars and carte blanche research freedom to 15 plant biologists, including one from UC Berkeley.

“Plants impact medicine, energy, food and the environment,” said Vicki Chandler, Chief Program Officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. “It’s such an important area that has been historically underfunded. Plants are critical to understanding huge societal issues over the...

Department Awards, Announcements and News

Professor Hake

Sarah Hake, Britt Glaunsinger, Tom Bruns and other achievements

Britt Glaunsinger Awards Hake Given Leadership Award Sheila McCormick, Fellow Bruns Mycological Society Address in Alaska Sakis Theologis Wins Stephen Hales Prize Pat Zambryski, Fellow N. Louise Glass, Miller Fellow Department of Plant & Microbial Biology Assistant Professor Britt Glaunsinger recently received two prestigious awards recognizing her outstanding contributions in...

"Bio-Based Future" Workshop - on Campus

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Two dozen scientists to present pioneering work

The Synthetic Biology Institute (SBI) and Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) at UC Berkeley will join with the University of Copenhagen for a three-day workshop, from August 29 through August 31, to examine the future of biology-based technologies.

The event, titled “A Bio-Based Future” will be held on the UC Berkeley campus at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). It will feature more than two dozen leading scientists presenting their pioneering work in the emerging field of synthetic biology. The workshop will focus on...

Breakthroughs Magazine - New Edition!

Scientists' Quest for Cure

The latest edition of the College of Natural Resources Magazine, Breakthroughs , is now available.

Seeds of Promise , the cover story, is about the frustrations of Peggy Lemaux and Bob Buchanan regarding the delay in approval of two key technologies that grew out of their work: a rehydration solution to combat diarrheal disease and mitigation of preharvest sprouting in cereals.

Also featured in this issue of Breakthroughs is an article about John Taylor's research: Learning Backward: How Mold Can Teach Us About Climate Change.

To view the magazine...

Krishna K. Niyogi Wins Howard Hughes Award

Krishna K. Niyogi Wins Howard Hughes Award

Recognition for innovative plant scientist

Krishna K. Niyogi is one of only 15 scientists nationwide to be chosen for an extensive new program that is part of an intitiative to boost much-needed funding for fundamental plant research.

Niyogi, a professor in Plant & Microbial Biology in the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, has spent two decades studying photosynthesis. He has made fundamental discoveries that help scientists understand the strategies plant use to adapt to their environment. The new grant is a joint effort of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Gordon and...

Scientist Recognized for Service, Academics

Sakis Theologis, Plant Gene Expression Center

From American Socity of Plant Biologists

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. USDA, Agricultural Research Service...

Student Earns $15,000 Grant

Tropical Ginger

Research on floral development of ginger

By Karyn Houston

Ana Maria Almeida, a fourth year graduate student in Plant Biology and Fulbright Scholar from Brazil, has been awarded $15,000 to support her ongoing research on the floral developmental evolution of beautiful tropical ginger flowering plants.

The National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant will enable Ana to continue her research at UC Berkeley under the direction of Assistant Professor Chelsea Specht, co-advised by Professor Mike Freeling, both of the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology in the College of Natural Resources. Dr. Specht...

Pat Zambryski named AAAS Fellow

Distinguished Contributions to Plant Biology

Four faculty members at the University of California, Berkeley, have been named 2010 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Patricia Claire Zambryski, professor of Plant & Microbial Biology in the College of Natural Resources, was honored for distinguished contributions to the field of plant biology that focus on the genetic transformation of plant cells by Agrobacterium and on plant cell communication via plasmodesmata. The AAAS presented the new fellows with a gold and blue rosette...

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