News from the Society, the Sections and the Committees

Sundberg Named New Editor of Plant Science Bulletin

In March of this year, a blue ribbon committee began an exhaustive search for a new Editor. Endorsing the unanimous recommendation of the search committee, the Executive Committee named Marshall Sundberg to be Editor of Plant Science Bulletin beginning with volume 46.

Dr. Sundberg is Professor and Chair of the Division of Biological Sciences at Emporia State University, Emporia Kansas 66801. He is a member of over a dozen professional organizations, and he has held numerous offices. He has written and contributed to a number of books, and his lengthy publication list includes significant contributions both in botanical research and in teaching and education research.

Dr. Sundberg has a long record of service to the Botanical Society. He has Chaired the Society's Teaching Section, Education Committee, and Membership and Appraisal Committee. He was principal author of the current "Careers in Botany" booklet and the Teaching Section/Education Committee Report for "Botany for the Next Millennium."

The Officers and Members of the Botanical Society are tremendously pleased that Marsh has accepted this position.

Call for Nominations 2000 Young Botanists

The Botanical Society of America requests nominations for the Young Botanist recognition awards for 1999-2000. The purpose of these awards is to offer individual recognition to outstanding graduating seniors in the plant sciences and to encourage their participation in the Botanical Society of America. All nominees with strong records of achievement (at least a B average and other activities) will receive a Certificate of Recognition and have their names published in Plant Science Bulletin. The top 25 nominees, whose selection will be based primarily on the accomplishments described in recommendation letters, will receive a Certificate of Special Achievement from the Society.

Nominations should document the student's qualifications for the award (academic performance, research projects, and individual attributes) and be accompanied by two or more letters of recommendation from faculty who know the students well. The selections will be made by a committee chaired by the Past-President, Carol Baskin. Nominations should be sent to: Dr. Carol Baskin, School of Biological Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY 40506-0225 no later than 1 March 2000.

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Call for Proposals: Karling Graduate Student Research Award

Purpose and Eligibility: The purpose of this award is to support and promote graduate student research in the botanical sciences. To be eligible, one must be a member of the Botanical Society of America (BSA), a registered full-time graduate student, have a faculty advisor who is also a member of the BSA, and not have won the award previously.

Proposal Guidelines: The proposal shall consist of 1) a title page (must include: title of proposal, name of student, student's institutional and departmental affiliation, year of student's study, and student's sectional affiliation within BSA); 2) an Abstract; 3) a Narrative (must include: a description of the research, including appropriate conceptual background, purpose or objective, brief outline of methodology, and potential contribution or significance to an area of the botanical sciences); 4) a Budget detailing how the funds will be used (the Abstract, Narrative, Budget and any tables or figures should not exceed five single-spaced pages); 5) a Bibliography (up to two pages); and 6) a Biographical Sketch (up to two pages). Proposals should include one inch margins all around and use a font size of not smaller than 12 point.

In addition, proposals should be accompanied by a letter of support from the student's advisor.

Award Level and Announcement: Each award provides $500. Award winners will be announced at the BSA Banquet held in Portland, Oregon in August 2000. Funds for the awards come from interest on the Karling and the BSA Endowment Funds, and from the sale of BSA logo items. The award process can be quite competetive; the funding level for the 1998 competition was about 22 percent.

Submissions: Proposals and supporting letters should be postmarked no later than March 15, 2000. Students should submit six (6) hardcopies of the complete proposal and arrange to have the letter of support sent to the Chair of the Karling Graduate Student Research Award Committee at the following address: George Yatskievych, BSA Karling Award Committee, Missouri Botanical Garden, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166,

Call for Nominations

Nominations are being sought for the 2000 Jeanette Siron Pelton Award in Plant Morphogenesis. The award includes a $1,000 honorarium, and a stipend for travel expenses to the B.S.A meeting where it is anticipated that the winner will present a special seminar. This award honors a junior investigator who shows exceptional promise, or to a senior investigator for sustained excellence in the field of plant morphogenesis. The nominee's research may embrace specializations in molecular, cell, developmental and/or organismal biology. Previous winners are: R.H. Wetmore (1969), C.W. Wardlaw (1970), P.B. Green (1972), P.K. Hepler (1975), B.E.S. Gunning (1978), L.J. Feldman (1980), T.J. Cooke (1983), T. Sachs (1985), S.D. Russell (1988), E.M. Lord (1989), R.S. Poethig (1993), E.M. Meyerowitz (1994), S. Hake (1996), and D. R. Kaplan (1998). The award is not restricted as to sex, nationality, or society affiliation of the recipient. A nominating letter should describe the nature of the nominee's contributions to the field of plant morphogenesis and include the full citations of key papers or books that motivate the nomination. Please send the nomination before 15 April 2000 to the Chair of the Pelton Award Committee: Fred. D. Sack, Department of Plant Biology, 1735 Neil Avenue, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1293. E-mail:

New Corresponding Members Elected

Corresponding Members are distinguished senior scientists who have made outstanding contributions to plant science and who live and work outside of the United States of America. Corresponding members are nominated by the Council, which receives recommendations and credentials submitted by members, and are elected by the Society in open meeting. They have all the privileges of active membership.

This year three new Corresponding Members were elected. They are:

Botany 2000! The BSA Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Botanical Society for the year 2000 will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, August 6 - 10, 2000. For latest details, visit the Botany 2000! website at

Reports from the Sections

Bryological and Lichenological Section

The Bryological and Lichenological Section participated in a joint American Bryological and Lichenological Society (ABLS), International Association of Bryologists (IAB), and Moss 99 Meeting at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, July 30-August 1, 1999. The three-day meeting included an A. J. Sharp Award session with 15 student presentations, two field trips, and a Moss 99 conference. The conference "Bryophytes as Model Systems" included six major presentations and a panel discussion. The winner of the A. J. Sharp award was John R. Clark (University of Cincinnati) for his presentation co-authored with Jerry Snider, "Observations in development of the cleistocarpous moss, Eccremidium floridanum Crum (Ditrichaceae). In addition, the section was active at the International Botanical Congress, August 1-7. Members of the sections presented in eight symposia and celebrated the 100th anniversary of ABLS with a special banquet.

Paula DePriest, Chair

Genetics Section

The Genetics Section published one newsletter during the 1998-99 academic year and sponsored the symposium entitled "Genome Evolution in Hybrid Plant Species" at the International Botanical Congress. Election of a secretary/treasurer will be held in the near future via email.

Jeri Higginbotham, Chair

Tropical Biology Section

The Tropical Biology Section, in collaboration with the Association for Tropical Biology (ATB), co-sponsored two symposia during the IBC, one on "Coastal sand dunes: their ecology and restoration," organized by Marisa Martínez and Roy Lubke, the other on "Phenological studies on tropical plant communities," organized by Patricia Morellato and Lucinda McDade. The Section allocated all its funds for FYs 98-99 and 99-00 of $1400 to support the attendance of symposium speakers from tropical countries at IBC.

The Section's treasurer, Andrew Douglas, has accepted a position in the Biology Department at the University of Mississippi (

The Section currently has 305 members, and it would be appropriate for it to (co)sponsor a contributed paper session, or one of the symposia, planned for the BSA's Portland meeting next year. If you have information about symposia that have to do with the tropics or know of coming contributed papers that might usefully be grouped and then in some way supported by the Section, please contact Susanne Renner (

Susanne Renner, Chair

Editorial Committee for Volume 45
Nickolas M. Waser (1999)
Department of Biology
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521
P. Mick Richardson (2000)
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166
Vicki A. Funk (2001)
Department of Botany
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C. 20560
Ann E. Antlfinger (2002)
Biology Department
University of Nebraska - Omaha
Omaha NE 68182
Norman C. Ellstrand (2003)
Department of Botany and Plant Science
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521-0124

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