ROCKVILLE, MD. -- The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2012 awards, honoring excellence in research, education, outreach, and service.
Andrew Hanson, University of Florida, Gainesville
Established in 1925, the Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Awards is ASPB's oldest award, honoring lifelong service in plant biology. Hanson, this year's honoree, is recognized for his unique and multifaceted contributions to plant biology, his exemplary use of comparative genomics approaches to deepen our understanding of plant metabolic pathways, and his research in the areas of folate biosynthesis and biofortification.
Ian Sussex, Yale University
Established in 1927, the Stephen Hales Prize is among the Society's oldest and most prestigious awards; it honors exceptional research accomplishments and service to ASPB. Sussex is recognized for over 60 years of outstanding seminal contributions to diverse areas of plant development research. He is particularly esteemed for his work on embryo lethal mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana, work that helped convince plant researchers that Arabidopsis is a potent model organism. The recipient of the Hales Prize delivers a lecture at the following year's ASPB annual meeting, so Sussex will speak at Plant Biology 2013 in Providence, RI.
Stephen Long, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Established in 1962 by an endowment from the Kettering Foundation, the Charles F. Kettering Award recognizes excellence in the field of photosynthesis. Long has earned this year's award for his many seminal discoveries of
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