Congratulations Dr Ainsworth and Dr Long!

Congratulations to plant biology’s Lisa Ainsworth, winner of the Shull Award, and Steve Long, winner of the Kettering Award!

The Charles Albert Shull Award is granted annually by the American Society of Plant Biologists to an early career scientist for outstanding investigations in the field of plant biology. Lisa received this award for her impressive scholarship, as well as her exemplary teaching and service. Lisa’s pioneering research on impacts of global and environmental change on both natural and managed plant ecosystems is widely appreciated.

The Charles F. Kettering Award was established to recognize excellence in the field of photosynthesis. Steve earned this year’s award for his seminal discoveries of the responses of photosynthesis to changes in the physical environment as well as the role of photosynthesis in mitigating climate change. Most recently, he and collaborators are developing plants as renewable sources of liquid fuel and addressing the social, economic, and ethical dimensions of allocating part of the food producing landscape to the production of fuel.

World of Biology Photo Competition Winners

The 1st Annual World of Biology Photo Competition was a fantastic success!  Of the many entries, nine winning entries were chosen from three categories.

Check out the winning entries and start planning for next year!


Scales of Just-hiss, by Daniel Urban

Disclosure, by Joan Huber

Iguenas in Love, by Dena Goldberg

Biologists at Work:

Art in his Natural Habitat, by Lauren Fields

When do we eat?, by Dan Mikros

Fieldwork in Ireland, by Kate Murphy

Biological Imaging:

Gills of Lucania Parva, by Emma Berdan

Tipulidae Oleracea, by an Mikros

Coprinus, by Charles Bee

Women in Science: Panel Discussion on Tuesday, April 24th from 4-6pm in Music Room, Levis Center

Please join Women in Science as we hold our second panel discussion!

Topic: Women Don’t Ask: How to become an effective negotiator


Teresa Cardador (Assistant Professor, School of Labor & Employment Relations)

Don Ort (Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Biology)

Alexis Thompson (Director, Postdoctoral Affairs Office)

Sarah Zehr (Assistant Dean and Director, Engineering Career Services)

Do you know what you want for your career, but you are not sure how to get it? How can you make an impression with the right attitude?

This panel is meant to help women of all levels, from undergraduates to professionals, to be confident about communicating what they want, and to become effective negotiators at any stage of their careers.

Date: Tuesday April 24th
Time: 4-6pm
Place: Music Room, Levis Center

Thank you, and hope to see you there!

Flyer for Second WIS Panel

SIB Junior wins Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Stephanie Klein, a junior majoring in Integrative Biology, who has been awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). Stephanie is one of fifteen students selected in the highly competitive national competition in 2012. She will receive a stipend and research funds to study “Auxin control of Medicago truncatula root development under elevated CO2” over the summer with Dr. Andrew Leakey, as well as support to travel to Providence, RI to present her findings at the annual meeting of ASPB next year.

SIB Spring Picnic

Posted on behalf of Jo-anne Holley,

Spring is here and it’s time for the annual SIB picnic! All staff, faculty,post-docs and graduate students are welcome. We will again be at Pavillion at Hessel park on the afternoon Sunday April 22nd.

The event will be catered by Black Dog for meat eaters and BBQ also provided by Red Herring for vegetarians. We’ll have soda as well, but please feel free to contribute sides for everyone to share.

We’ve also got some games and activities planned — frisbee, soccer, bocce, among others. I’m even going to bring my Australian Rules football.

**Here are the precise details**:
When: Sunday April 22nd
Time: 2-5pm
Where: The pavilion at Hessel Park, Kirby Ave, Champaign
Catering: Black Dog and vegetarian options from Red Herring
What to bring: Side dishes and special food requirements, lawn chairs, loved ones.

I hope to see lots of people there!