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Self Reflections: A blog series

In 2018, a group of early-career researchers shared insights and advice about career development. Read the full series. Preparing an impressive CV: The DO’s and DONT’s of it The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 1 introduction, by Amanda Rasmussen The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part…

Getting to the Root: A Conversation with Prof. Malcolm Bennett, FRS

Amongst the momentous dates in the calendar of a scientist, the announcement of new fellows of The Royal Society of London will always have a special place. Founded in the year 1660, this oldest surviving scientific institution embodies the spirit of natural sciences and features some of the beacons…

Learnings from Dr. Clayton Larue, a scientist leader at Bayer Crop Science

By Xiang Li, ASPB Conviron Scholar As part of the Conviron Scholar Program, each scholar is matched to one mentor based on their research interests. I was matched to Dr. Clayton Larue. Dr. Larue is a scientist leader at Bayer Crop Science. He has been working on discovering and developing novel herbicide…

Gazing into the Crystal Ball: Next-Gen Careers

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Guest Post by Rob Last, Michigan State University, ASPB President. Co-authored by Laura Grapes, Bayer Crop Sciences, and Andrew Hanson, University of Florida. We continue the experiment of expanding participation in ASPB started with the last President’s Letter (http://bit.ly/SecuringFuturePl...).…

Informational Interview with Dr. Margaret Woodhouse: Computational biologist and sequence curator at MaizeGDB

Informational Interview by Samantha Snodgrass, ASPB Conviron Scholar 2020 Margaret Woodhouse is a computational biologist and sequence curator at the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database, MaizeGDB, which is a part of the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA. We talked about her journey to…

Informational interview with Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan, Global Coordinator of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)

Informational Interview by Godwin James, ASPB Conviron Scholar I had a great opportunity to interview Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan and listen to her passion for science communication. Dr. Maha Arujanan  is the global coordinator of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications…

Informational Interview with Dr. LaKisha Odom, Scientific Program Director at the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

Informational Interview by Marlo Hall, ASPB Conviron Scholar Please Introduce yourself and give us a sense of your career path. I’m LaKisha Odom, scientific program director for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR). We are a nonprofit organization, created in 2014, and our…

Informational Interview with Wannes Voorend (R & D Coordinator at Colruyt Group)

Informational Interview by Presca Meyer, ASPB Conviron Scholar Wannes Voorend works as a R & D Coordinator in Energy, Environment and Biotech at Colruyt Group. Colruyt Group was founded 1928 by Franz Colruyt and lists more than 30,000 employees by today. The company is managing supermarket…

Informational Interview with Dr. A Peyton Smith, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University

Informational Interview by Aya Bridgeland, ASPB Conviron Scholar Dr. A. Peyton Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University.  Dr. Smith studies soil organic matter and microbiome characterization and how they interact with soil physical…