Entries by Melanie Binder

Funding Opportunity: USDA NIFA announces I-FAST Competition

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – August 18, 2017 The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced the pre-application open period for the Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) Prize Competition.  The I-FAST Competition is a partnership between NIFA and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Innovation Corps […]

Taproot Podcast S1E6: Population genetics, authorship lists, work/life balance and raining cockroaches with Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra

In this episode Ivan and Liz talk with Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and a faculty member of the Center for Population Biology and the Genome Center at the University of California-Davis. Jeffrey is an evolutionary geneticist and erstwhile ethnobotanist studying plant adaptation and crop evolution, with a focus on […]

Taproot Podcast S1E4: Embracing Uncertainty in Science and Science Careers with Siobhan Braybrook

In this episode Ivan and Liz talk with Siobhan Braybrook, Career Development Fellow at The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge and soon-to-be Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCLA. Siobhan trained as a plant developmental biologist in Canada and the US before moving to Europe to work on plant mechanics. Her research […]

Funding Opportunity: NSF Solicits Proposals to Expand INCLUDES National Network

On July 14, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) soliciting proposals to expand the Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) program.  The DCL invites proposals for Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), workshops and conferences, and supplements to existing grants […]

Space Biology Seminar: Taking Plants off This Planet

About This Seminar The study of space biology, along with astrobiology and exobiology, challenges plant science to actually probe the edges of existence and adaptation. For example, gravity is one of the fundamental tropic forces that impact plant growth and development, and the dissection of gravity-related signaling has been a rich source of insights into […]

Taproot Episode 1, Season 1: Extreme Open Science and the Meaning of Scientific Impact with Sophien Kamoun

The Taproot is the podcast that digs beneath the surface to understand how scientific publications in plant biology are created. In each episode, co-hosts Liz Haswell and Ivan Baxter take a paper from the literature and talk about the story behind the science with one of its authors. This episode features Sophien Kamoun, a Senior […]