Month: July 2015

2015 ISEF High School Student Awards

In This Issue – 49.3 President’s Report 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Acknowledgement of Supporters Delia Bethell Lifetime Achievement Award Zeng-Yu Wang Distinguished Scientist Award Student Awards IVACS Student and Post-Doctoral Oral Presentation Competition ISEF High School Science Fair Awards Journal Highlights Membership Matters Member Profile – Ian Curtis Member News New Members The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, annually provides a forum for more than 1,500 high school students from over 40 countries to showcase their independent research. The Intel ISEF is the premiere science competition in the world exclusively for students in grades 9-12. Society for Science & the Public partners with Intel ­along with dozens of other corporate, academic, government and science-focused sponsors who provide support and awards for the Intel ISEF each year. The SIVB supports an award, which provides the winner with a certificate. Winners must be in 11th grade with an exhibit in the area of plant or animal in vitro biology or tissue culture. Listed below are the High School Science and Engineering Award Winners who received SIVB certificates and letters of recognition for projects related to the areas of in vitro biology from July 2014 – July 2015. 2015 Student Science and Engineering Fair Award Winners   Raag Agrawal, Scarsdale, NY Cassie Alsept, Monterey, TN Alexandra Loperfito, Natrona Heights, PA...

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SIVB In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences Student and Post-Doctoral Oral Presentation Competition

In This Issue – 49.3 President’s Report 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Acknowledgement of Supporters Delia Bethell Lifetime Achievement Award Zeng-Yu Wang Distinguished Scientist Award Student Awards IVACS Student and Post-Doctoral Oral Presentation Competition ISEF High School Science Fair Awards Journal Highlights Membership Matters Member Profile – Ian Curtis Member News New Members On Monday, June 1, SIVB’s In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences Section (IVACS) held a Student and Post-Doctoral Oral Presentation Competition that was moderated by Dr. Kolla Kristjansdottir (Midwestern University) and Dr. Addy Alt-Holland (Tufts University). Many abstracts have been submitted to be considered for this competition and the top contestants were chosen to present their research based on the quality and scientific merit of their abstracts and accomplishments. The three presentations were highly professional and the level of the presented research work was impressive and stimulating. Follwing their presentations, the participants received many questions from both the audience and the judges. The panel of IVACS experts that evaluated the contestants included Dr. Mae Ciancio and Dr. Michael J. Fay (Midwestern University), Dr. Barbara Doonan (New York Medical College), Dr. John Harbell (JHarbell Consulting LLC), Dr. Brad L. Upham (Michigan State University), Dr. Michael Dame (University of Michigan) and the moderators Dr. Kolla Kristjansdottir and Dr. Addy Alt-Holland. During the IVACS Business Meeting we were happy to announce that Allison Songstad who is a graduate research...

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SIVB Student Award Winners

In This Issue – 49.3 President’s Report 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Acknowledgement of Supporters Delia Bethell Lifetime Achievement Award Zeng-Yu Wang Distinguished Scientist Award Student Awards IVACS Student and Post-Doctoral Oral Presentation Competition ISEF High School Science Fair Awards Journal Highlights Membership Matters Member Profile – Ian Curtis Member News New Members The following student awards were presented at the 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting in Tucson, Arizona. Information on additional awardees at the 2015 Meeting will be presented in the next issue of the In Vitro Report. Information related to the available specific student awards can be found on the SIVB website (www.sivb.org/awards/student-awards.html) or by contacting the SIVB Business Office at (910) 755-5431, sivb@sivb.org. 2015 HOPE E. HOPPS AWARDS AND 2015 SIVB STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD Towards Targeting Multiple Expression Cassettes into a Pre-characterized Genomic Locus of Sugarcane for Predictable Transgene Performance Sugarcane, a tropical C4 grass in the genus Saccharum (Poaceae), accounts for nearly 80% of sugar produced worldwide. Sugarcane is also an efficient and sustainable feedstock for commercial biofuel production. Sugarcane is a highly polyploid and frequently aneuploidy interspecific hybrid, making crop improvement by breeding and genetic transformation challenging. Future transgenic strategies will require gene stacking for incorporating several traits or entire pathways. However, transgenes integrate randomly into the genome and genomic regions that support high level and stable transgene expression seem to occur less...

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SIVB Distinguished Scientist Award

In This Issue – 49.3 President’s Report 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Acknowledgement of Supporters Delia Bethell Lifetime Achievement Award Zeng-Yu Wang Distinguished Scientist Award Student Awards IVACS Student and Post-Doctoral Oral Presentation Competition ISEF High School Science Fair Awards Journal Highlights Membership Matters Member Profile – Ian Curtis Member News New Members The Distinguished Scientist Award recognizes outstanding mid-career scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of in vitro biology and/or in the development of novel technologies that have advanced in vitro biology. The Society for In Vitro Biology honored Zeng-Yu Wang as the first recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award at the 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting in Tucson, Arizona. It is safe to say that Zengyu Wang is a scientists’ scientist, and that forage plant biotechnology would not be at its current stage without his critical contributions.  He has pioneered genetic transformation systems in a wide range of taxa, including switchgrass, fescue, and alfalfa.  Pre-Zengyu, these and other systems were either practically non-existent or very inefficient. As a scientists’ scientist, Zengyu and his team of researchers built some transformation systems from the ground-up, and in other cases, he deconstructed systems and put them back together so that they then worked efficiently.  Not only would his methods work in his lab, but they could work for any lab, which is an important goal of...

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SIVB Lifetime Achievement Award

In This Issue – 49.3 President’s Report 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Acknowledgement of Supporters Delia Bethell Lifetime Achievement Award Zeng-Yu Wang Distinguished Scientist Award Student Awards IVACS Student and Post-Doctoral Oral Presentation Competition ISEF High School Science Fair Awards Journal Highlights Membership Matters Member Profile – Ian Curtis Member News New Members The highest honor given by the Society for In Vitro Biology is the Lifetime Achievement Award. It is presented to scientists who are considered pioneers or highly influential researchers to the science and art of cell culture. They are men and women who have devoted their careers to exemplary research and/or teaching. The recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award are selected by vote of the Board of Directors from a list of nominations recommended by the Awards Committee. The Society for In Vitro Biology honored Dr. Delia Bethell and Dr. Gertrude Buehring with SIVB Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting in Tucson, AZ. This issue highlights Dr. Delia Bethell’s career. Dr. Gertrude Buehring’s career will be highlighted in a future issue of the In Vitro Report. Delia Bethell Is Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from SIVB in 2015 Delia Bethell is a 2015 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement from SIVB.  Although many of us in the SIVB have interest in both plant and animal biology. Delia is one of the few...

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