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Nanoscale movements of cellulose microfibrils in primary cell walls ($)

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Cell walls are complex mixtures of cellulose microfibrils, proteins and other materials. Their mechanical properties can be measured and modeled, but it is not always simple to translate these measurements to changes at the molecular level. Zhang et al. used atomic force microscopy to provide an unprecedented…

What Happens after Manuscript Submission?

Recorded Friday, March 6, 2020 In one of our recent webinars, Mary Williams discussed how to prepare your manuscript for publication. But what happens next?  In the second webinar of this series, Jon Munn, Jennifer Regala, and Mary Williams discussed how your manuscript is reviewed, from initial…

Preparing your Manuscript for Submission

Recorded Tuesday, February 4, 2020 In this webinar, ASPB Features Editor Mary Williams will outline the key steps in writing a paper, preparing figures, and navigating the submission process. Topics include how to frame the significance of the question being addressed; how to put the results in context;…

From population to production: 50 years of scientific literature on how to feed the world (Global Food Security)

Tamburino et al. analyzed text from more than 12,000 research articles published in the past 50 years that included the terms “global” or “world” and “food supply”, “food demand’, or “zero hunger”. From this dataset, they quantified terms related to population, total food production,…

Plantae's Top 5 Facebook and Twitter Posts during 2019

2019 was an amazing year of growth for Plantae's social media accounts. It is always interesting to look back at what worked and which posts were of most interest to our community. Here is a list of our Top 5 Twitter and Facebook posts. Thank you for following our accounts! Light-sheet fluorescence…

Plantae Webinar - How Top Scientists Use Twitter to Support their Research

Scientists are increasingly using social media as vehicles via which to communicate with other scientists and with the public. Social media platforms also provide excellent opportunities to build professional networks, learn about opportunities, and develop a sense of community.

Social Media for Scientists: What, Why, and How

Recorded: Friday, September 27 Scientists are increasingly using social media as vehicles through which to communicate with other scientists and the public. Social media platforms also provide excellent opportunities to build professional networks, learn about opportunities, and develop a sense of…

Effective strategies for rebutting science denialism in public discussions

Scientists are often asked to engage in public discourse as a way to counteract science denialism, but it’s not always clear if their efforts can change minds. A new study by Schmid and Betsch suggests that efforts to rebut are worthwhile. They showed subjects videos with climate denial messages about…

Using “Scientists Who Selfie” to disrupt stereotypes of scientists (PLOS One)

Public engagement has been a long-term challenge for scientists. The rise of social media has generated a novel avenue for connecting with a wider audience; however, many scientists walk a fine line between being personal and professional, often posting images of their work but not themselves. A recent…

Maximizing the signal, decreasing the noise, Part 2: Skills for speaking and designing clearly

About this seminar In part 1 of the webinar, Professor Tobias Baskin introduced a philosophy for writing clearly based on recognizing that our words are read. In part 2, he extends that philosophy to speaking and designing. Your talk is listened to by an audience; your figures are looked at by readers;…