A conversation with Beronda Montgomery
April 6, 11 am EDT (8am PDT, 4pm BST, 5pm CET)
Beronda Montgomery is a Foundation Professor at Michigan State University in the departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics.
The Montgomery Lab pursues a common research theme of understanding how individuals perceive, respond to, and are impacted by the environments in which they exist. Primary research efforts of the group are focused on the responses of photosynthetic organisms to external light cues. Additionally, Montgomery pursues this theme in the context of effective mentoring in research environments.
Beronda is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has recently being named one of Cell‘s 100 Inspiring Black Scientists in America.
We’ve invited Beronda to join us to celebrate and discuss the publication of her book, Lessons from Plants. This fascinating book combines Beronda’s two research interest: how plants explore and optimize their environments to grow and thrive, and how lessons from plants can help us as we make our way through life and form social structures that support the progress of others.
We’ll discuss Beronda’s own life path, how she came to study plants and the science of mentoring, her advocacy work, and what we can learn from plants.
Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating hour, and bring your questions for Beronda! You can also submit questions before the event using this Google form.
Montgomery, B.L. (2020) Planting Equity: Using What We Know to Cultivate Growth as a Plant Biology Community. The Plant Cell 32: 3372–3375, https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.20.00589
Montgomery, B. L. (2017). Mapping a Mentoring Roadmap and Developing a Supportive Network for Strategic Career Advancement. SAGE Open, 7(2), 2158244017710288.
Joining Beronda in conversation will be Mary Williams (Features Editor, ASPB @PlantTeaching) who is also a passionate advocate of plant lessons and mentoring.
Katie Rogers (Community Engagement Administrator, ASPB, @ktlrogers) will be hosting and moderating questions.
Additional resources shared in the live chat
00:39:22 Katie Rogers, ASPB (She/Her): https://www.elle.com/culture/a35993812/plants-were-my-beacon-of-hope-during-the-pandemic/
00:43:03 Siobhan Braybrook: ^make your own B-index! https://lazyslowdown.com/developing-your-own-academic-index/
00:55:07 Siobhan Braybrook: https://lazyslowdown.com/how-i-work-and-thrive-in-academia-from-affirmation-not-for-affirmation/
01:13:00 Katie Rogers, ASPB (She/Her): https://plantae.org/education/changing-cultures-and-climates/#front-and-center
01:15:59 Chris Firestone: Robin Kimmerer- “Braiding Sweetgrass”
01:21:20 Molly Edwards: Thank you Beronda! 12/10 recommend listening to Beronda’s interview on Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness – I listed while I was repotting my Aquilegia plants and it was amazing 🙂 https://www.jonathanvanness.com/gettingcurious/episode/23643764/are-plants-literal-geniuses-with-professor-beronda-montgomery
Community feedback in the Q&A section
Are there unknown BIPOC plant biologists we should learn about?
- Check out the Plantae Changing Climates and Cultures Front and Center page https://plantae.org/education/changing-cultures-and-climates/#front-and-center
- Check out this Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/K_Bioguy_Cox/status/1356630306854490113
- Siobhan Braybrook: Big up to the ASPB Early Career folx for developing this call: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcgLJfL8-EyLVCyFymjJ07ww-OuzBBz8qTqA4SoNfEZSlB9A/viewform Nominate Underrepresented Minority Scientists to be highlighted! @ASPB_ECPS (Twitter)
- Joanna Friesner: And please consider joining DiversifyPlantSci https://rdale1.shinyapps.io/diversifyplantsci/ Follow DiversifyPlantSci on Twitter @DiversifyPlants. We love to share all sorts of amazing diversity, e.g. Dr. Montgomery’s work