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Botanical Society of America Merit Awards

These awards are made to persons judged to have made outstanding contributions to botanical science. The first awards were made in 1956 at the 50th anniversary of the Botanical Society, and one or more have been presented each year since that time. This year Merit Awards went to three botanists. Their citations follow.

Tod F. Stuessy has been a productive and influential botanist with particular impact in plant systematics. His contributions include monographic studies in the Asteraceae, very early promotion of the burgeoning field of cladistics, strong advocacy for collections, and insights into the origin and evolution of island plants. He is a consummate internationalist, with huge influence in South America, Asia, and now Europe. His mastery of Spanish, and clear understanding and sensitivity for Latin American cultures, close ties with scientists, and various agencies has led to a multitude of collaborations and prodigious productivity - with over 200 publications including seven edited or single authored books. The highlight of the latter was his 1990 book, Plant Taxonomy: The Systematic Evaluation of Comparative Data, winner of the prestigious Henry Allan Gleason Award. He has trained 18 graduate students. His service to professional societies is exemplary. His presidency of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists was marked by perhaps the greatest number of initiatives in the past three decades. He has also served the NSF as a program director, held multiple offices in the Association of Systematics Collections and the BSA, and worked tirelessly to promote botany at the local level though the Ohio Academy of Science. He has been honored by selection as a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and by the AAAS. During his 30 year career, he made extraordinary contributions to botany: the BSA is honored to present Tod Stuessy a Merit Award.

Barbara Schaal has a long and distinguished record of excellence in research, service, and teaching. Dr. Schaal has made many outstanding contributions in over 80 publications to a variety of botanical disciplines, including population genetics, systematics, ecology, conservation biology, and economic botany. She is perhaps best known for her ability to apply new molecular methods to interesting and important questions. Her studies of ecological genetics and genetic divergence in domesticated plants are especially noteworthy. Furthermore, she has trained 12 Ph.D. students, and hosted many postdoctoral and visiting scientists in her laboratory. Her service to professional societies is truly exceptional, including the presidency of BSA. As BSA President, she was a leader in the best sense of the word; she inspired others to contribute, and earned respect because she had a clear vision of her goals, and articulated them lucidly. She has also served as Executive Vice President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, on the Editorial Boards of three journals (Molecular Ecology, Functional Ecology, and Molecular Biology and Evolution), and on several NSF panels, while also serving as Chair of the Biology Department at Washington University, and most recently was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Schaal is widely viewed as one of the most eminent of the Botanical Society of America, and has been the role model for many in the classroom and in her profession. It is with great pleasure that the Botanical Society of America recognizes Barbara Schaalwith a Merit Award in 1999.

Daniel J. Crawford is a role model in botany, combining service to plant science and a productive research program. Prof. Crawford's service to the profession has covered an impressive span of over 30 years, with some 23 years as an officer, committee member, and most recently, president in 1996. He received the Alston Award for the best paper in the Phytochemical section in 1983. He has been very active with the NSF, with the International Organization of Plant Biosystematists, has provided frequent service as a member of editorial and review bodies, and as a cornerstone of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. He served the ASPT as President in 1988, and received their most prestigious award, the Asa Gray Award, in 1997. His research record is prodigious, with over 150 research articles. His passionate dedication to botanical research marks him as one of the leading systematic botanists/evolutionists of our time. He made great contributions to understanding macroevolutionary trends in plants and played a major role in the development of molecular systematics, in particular with the publication of the book, Plant Molecular Systematics. Through it all he has kept his focus on the key scientific questions, not on techniques. He has trained 19 graduate students. He exemplifies impeccable scientific ethics while maintaining a genuinely warm and considerate personality. He embodies the award criteria "...to have made outstanding contributions to botanical science," and the BSA is proud to present Dan Crawford a Merit Award.

The Charles Edwin Bessey Award

This award, given annually by the Teaching Section of the BSA, recognizes outstanding contributions made to botanical instruction. The award this year went to William Jensen of Ohio State University.

The Michael A. Cichan Award

This award, established by the Botanical Society of America, is named in honor of Michael A. Cichan. It was instituted to encourage work by young researchers at the interface of structural and evolutionary botany. The award is given to a scholar for a published paper in these areas. The Michael A. Cichan award this year was presented to Karen A Renzaglia of Southern Illinois University for her published paper "Developmental ultrastructure of the male gamete of Selaginalla." Co-authors are Douglas L. Bernhard and David J. Garbary.

The A. J. Sharp Award

This award is given for the best student paper presented in the Bryological and Lichenological sessions. This year's award went to John R. Clark of The University of Cincinatti for his paper entitled "Observations in the development of the cleistocarpous moss, Eccremidium floridanum Crum (Ditrichaceae)." His research advisor is Jerry Snider.

The Remy and Remy Award

In 1996 at the Santa Barbara meeting of the International Organization of Paleobotanists, the Paleobotanical Section of the Botanical Society of America instituted an award to to honor the life and work of Winfried and Renata Remy. Winfried Remy was an honorary member of the Paleobotanical Section and a Corresponding Member of the Botanical Society of America, and together with his wife Renata published a long list of internationally acclaimed scholarly contributions, including their reports on the Rhynie chert organisms. Since the designation of this award, paleobotanists from around the world have contributed to fund this prize. The first Remy and Remy Award of the Paleobotanical Section was given to Klaus-Peter Kelber of the Institute of Minerology and Johanna van Konijnenberg-van Cittert of the Laboratory of Paleobotany and Palynology for their paper entitled "Equisetites arenaceus from the Upper Triassic of Germany, with evidence for reproductive strategies."

The Ecological Section Award

Each year the Ecological Section of the Botanical Society offers an award for the best student presentation at the annual meetings. A judging committee evaluates each student presentation and selects a winner based on the quality of the work and the presentation. The recipient of the award receives a certificate, a cash award, and is a guest of the Ecological Section at the BSA banquet. This year the recipient for the best student paper was Jochen Schenk. Honorable mention went to Beverly Brown. The recipient of the best student poster was Bruce Robart.

The Edgar T. Wherry Award

This award was given this year for the best poster on pteridophytes presented at the IBC. This award is in honor of Dr. Wherry's many contributions to the floristics and patterns of evolution of ferns. This year's award went to Petra Korall from Stockholm University for her poster entitled "Phylogeny of Selaginellaceae based on rbcl gene sequences" (co-author Paul Kenrick), and to Catherine Cardelus from University of Connecticut for her poster entitled "Habitat selection of epiphytic and terrestrial ferns" (co-author James Watkins).

The Henry Allan Gleason Award

This award is given annually by the New York Botanical Garden in recognition of an outstanding recent publication in the fields of plant taxonomy, plant ecology, or plant geography. The award committee is provided by the New York Botanical Garden. The award consists of a cash grant from a fund established by the late Dr. Gleason and an award certificate. The Gleason Award for 1999 was presented to Dr. Carol C. Baskin and Dr. Jerry M. Baskin for their book, Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography, and Evolution of Dormancy and Germination, published by Academic Press. This excellent book represents the work of two lifetimes of outstanding and innovative study of seed biology through an interactive approach of fieldwork combined with laboratory experiments.

From the Editor - Thank You

As some readers and contributors may be aware, this is my last issue as Editor of Plant Science Bulletin. I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to serve the members of the Botanical Society for these past five years. I must admit, however, I am looking forward to seeing a new Editor take the reins.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks for the tremendous support of the many members and officers of the Botanical Society who have made my job so rewarding. I must single out for special thanks our Business Manager, Kim Hiser. No one could enjoy being Editor of PSB without Kim's hard work. I also appreciate the patience of members and readers when PSB encountered bumps in the road.

Finally, one last thank you, to my wife Barbara and our kids Leah and Joseph: no more deadline weekends... too bad!

Ed.

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