Entries by Mary Williams

Review: Isoprene research – 60 years later, the biology is still enigmatic ($)

Sixty years ago, the first report of isoprene (C5H8; 2-methyl-1,3-butadiene) emissions from plants was published. Isoprenes are the largest source of non-methane hydrocarbons in Earth’s atmosphere; furthermore, isoprene is reactive in atmospheric chemistry and can be converted into a variety of harmful compounds. Sharkey and Monson provide a historical overview of the development of our […]

Review: Rapid long-distance signaling with Ca2+, ROS and electrical signals ($)

There is ample evidence for rapid, long-distance communication within plants, but our understanding of how these signals are transmitted is incomplete. Choi et al. review recent advances in intercellular signal propagation via Ca2+, reactive oxygen species (ROS) and electrical signals; these “fast” signals are contrasted to the “slow” signals such as jasmonates that accumulate and […]

Review: Reshaping plant biology: Qualitative and quantitative descriptors for plant morphology

As automated phenotyping platforms are becoming prevalent, scientists increasingly need to be familiar with tools used to describe and model form and growth. Balduzzi et al. provide an overview of the key concepts used in quantifying and describing plant morphology. They point to the need for a common language that can be used seamlessly by  […]

Browse The Hub – MSU resources to help graduate students build skills

The Hub – The Community of Minds, is the online presence of a group that meets weekly at Michigan State University (MSU), led by graduate student Bethany Huot. Browse the website for tons of useful information and resources about developing skills to help you navigate your career, from preparing for a postdoc interview to finding […]

Is your Professional Portrait a Picasso or a Da Vinci? (Bethany Huot)

Bethany Huot, founder and director of The COM (Community of Minds) / @ThePubClub, writes about the six steps to managing your digital identity. What do prospective employers see when they search for you online (and yes, they do…). Maybe its time to refresh your online profile. http://thecomonline.net/is-your-professional-portrait-a-picasso-or-a-da-vinci/

A Beginner’s Guide to Establishing a Professional Online Presence (Inside Higher Ed)

Lesley McCollum writes about why scientist need to establish their profession identity online, including a description of popular sites (e.g., Twitter, LinkedIn) and how to use them. In addition to following her advice, we’d recommend you set up and maintain your Google Scholar site and register for an ORCID, as these are two of the […]

Backyard Mystery, a free curriculum about pathogens

A free curriculum for grades 5 – 7 Download at http://ucbiotech.org/backyardmystery/ About Backyard Mystery Backyard Mystery is part of the STEMware™ project, “Collaborative Research Strategies: STEMware™ – Designing Immersive Biology Learning Simulations for Formal and Informal Settings”. The curriculum was developed by Dr. Peggy G. Lemaux and her assistant, Science Communication Specialist Ms. Barbara Alonso […]

It’s all in the touch: Plant Biology Curriculum for grades 5 – 8 (ages 10 – 13)

The All In the Touch curriculum was developed by Dr. Peggy G. Lemaux and her assistant, Science Communication Specialist Ms. Barbara Alonso at the University of California, Berkeley with funding from the American Society of Plant Biologists (http://aspb.org ). Dr. Cristina Reynaga-Pena also contributed to the initial development of the curriculum. The objective of this curriculum is to encourage […]