NguyenHenry@missouri.edu Director, National Center for Soybean Biotechnology Missouri
Soybean Merchandising Council
Professor University of Missouri
Pamela C. Ronald
Professor, Plant Pathology Faculty,
The Genome Center, University of California,
Director of Grass Genetics, Joint Bioenergy Institute, Emeryville, CA Ph (530) 752-1654
300 Summit St., Dept. Biology, Trinity College
Hartford, Connecticut 06106, United States,
http://internet2.trincoll.edu/ . . .
USA / United States of America
The United States participated at the Fascination of Plants Day
visit the 'Success Story 2013'
The second international "Fascination of Plants Day" will be launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation will also be a key message.
Everybody is welcome to join this initiative!
We invite you to organize for the 18th of May 2013 a fascinating activity related to plants attracting and interacting with the public. May 18th will be the very Fascination of Plants Day and most events will be organised for this day. In addition, where this is not suitable, events will be organised throughout the week of 13-19 May 2013. Just contact your National Coordinator or the EPSO Coordinator Trine Hvoslef-Eide email@example.com to discuss and get guidelines for using the Fascination of Plants Day. The Fascination of Plants Day corporate design can be downloaded for free at the “PR-toolbox” on this webpage to be used to prepare, hold and report on this day, see “Main Menu”.
We invite many others to join in, ranging from schools to horticulture and anyone who feels to have a suited contribution to this initiative. Many plant science institutions, universities, botanical gardens, and museums, together with farmers and companies, have opened their doors at the Fascination of Plants Day 2012, with a variety of plant-based events for all the family - just look at the “Success Story” links in the given countries by clicking “Countries”. Again, the media are invited to join in, and scientists, farmers, politicians and industrialists will discuss with them and present the latest state-of-the-art research and breakthroughs in the plant science world and explore all of the new potential applications plant science can offer.
The Fascination of Plants Day will be backed up by a range of events in public spaces, theatres, cafes, central city squares and parks designed to get everyone thinking about plants.
Plants are fascinating. From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise - from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet. Plant biologists estimate the total number of plant species roughly to be about 250,000. On the back of this coordinated activity we hope to plant again many virtual and constantly germinating seeds in the collective mind of the European and World Public that plant science is of critical significance to the social and environmental landscape now and into the future.
These institutions will take part at the Fascination of Plants Day 2013. If you also like to join this initiative, just contact your national coordinator
American Society of Plant Biologists - and beyond!
Kathleen Archer, Education Committee Chair
Katie Engen, ASPB Education Coordinator
http://my.aspb.org/?page=fascinationday . . .
- ASPB Facebook & Twitter Blitz
How far can you spread a fascination of plants with all of your online friends and links? Join the ASPB Facebook and Twitter blitz May 13-18 to find out! Like, comment, & share on FB or retweet the daily plants-are-fascinating prompts coming from ASPB May 13-18.
May 13-18 the world wide web
ASPB Education Committee Katie@aspb.org 301-296-0902
Carnegie Institution for Science
Department of Plant Biology
José R. Dinneny with Kelly Beck
- Middle school students invited to use advanced imaging stations (e.g. SEM, fluorescence, luminescence) to explore plant materials at Carnegie Institution for Science.
CIS will host ~40 middle school students from East Palo Alto on May 18th. The overall theme of the event is to explore the wonders of plants through imaging. Students will find plant materials on campus or use household plant-based materials and take them to different imaging stations at Carnegie where a scientist will help them to view the materials using SEM, fluorescence, luminescence and other high power light microscopes. The activity is managed by José R. Dinneny and coordinated with Kelly Beck at the Service in Science program at Stanford University.
guided tour hands on activities May 18, 2013 Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology, 260 Panama Street, Stanford, CA 94305
José R. Dinneny, Department phone: 650-325-1521
Livermore Art Association
- Celebrate The International Fascination of Plants Day & The Amgen Tour of California in Livermore on May 18th 2013
Plants are fascinating. Celebrate the importance of plants on our planet and their influence on nutrition, our lifestyles and sustainability. Local Livermore artists and children will celebrate the impact of plants on our lives by decorating bicycle wheels with creative plant themes. On May 18th the wheels will be displayed by participating businesses in downtown Livermore along the path of the Amgen Tour of California. For further details, contact Rajnish at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photographs of selected artwork will be posted on the international Fascination of Plants Day website
hands on activities May 18th, 2013 On the route of The Amgen Tour of California in Livermore. Several participating businesses in downtown Livermore.
Organizer: Rajnish Khanna, Senior Scientist, Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science, 260 Panama Street, Stanford, CA 94305 email@example.com +1 (707) 205-7084
The College of New Jersey
Leeann Thornton (The College of New Jersey) will adapt a lesson from the DNA for Dinner collection (http://ucbiotech.org/dnafordinner/index.html) for teaching first graders in Hopewell, NJ about plant classification and the importance of understanding how plants are related.
hands on activities presentation May 17 elementary school in Hopewell, NJ
Organizer: Leeann Thornton firstname.lastname@example.org
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
- Plant a Strawberry , An Early Fascination of Plants Day 2013 Success
Scientists at the Noble Foundation spent a day partnering with the community’s Kids Day in the Park program and helping kids (of all ages) to plant a strawberry plant. Participants got their hands dirty filling a pot and placing a plant within the soil. The received care and feeding instructions and studied mature plants that illustrated the growth process and the source of the berries that many considered their favorite fruit.
In only a few hours, 770+ strawberry plants were planted and taken to new homes!
The Noble Foundation (www.noble.org), headquartered in Ardmore, OK, is an independent, nonprofit institute conducting plant science research, plant breeding and agricultural programs to enhance agricultural productivity, which influences agriculture regionally, nationally and internationally.
guided tour hands on activities April 2013 2510 Sam Noble Parkway, Ardmore, OK 73401
Steven P. Rhines, Vice President, General Counsel and Director of Public Affairs email@example.com 580.224.6207
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
University of Maryland: Maryland Day 2013
27 April 2013
University of Maryland Norton-Brown Herbarium
University of Maryland Arboretum
University of Missouri
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
- Hands-on explorations of soybean and corn science with biotechnology resources
With direction from FoPD's US-based NC and UM distinguished professor Henry T. Nguyen, the univeristy will host an active, hands-on event for visitors to explore biotechnology applied to soybean and corn.
guided tour hands on activities May 18, 2013 National Center for Soybean Biotechnology, 25 Agriculture Building , University of Missouri , Columbia, MO 65211-7140 , Tel: 573-882-5494
Henry Nguyen firstname.lastname@example.org
USDA-ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository
Corvallis, Oregon, Albany, Oregon
- USDA-ARS visits Farmers' Markets to chat about seed banks, plant repositories and good food.
USDA-ARS will host booths at two local Farmers’ Markets in Corvallis and Albany, OR on May 18, to promote the USDA-ARS role in plants and crop development.
Aimed at grade-schoolers & their families, the booths will display a map of US plant repository locations and cool visuals (laptop) on the Svalbard seed bank. Fun educational materials about plants will be free for the taking.
exhibition May 18, 9 AM to 1 PM Corvallis Saturday Farmers’ Market
1st & Jackson
Albany Saturday Farmers’ Market
4th & Ellsworth
Jill M. Bushakra, PhD, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, USDA-ARS, National Clonal Germplasm Repository Jill.Bushakra@ARS.USDA.GOV 541-738-4219