Here is a link to an excellent recently released documentary I was part of on GMOs that includes Sarah Hake, Pam Ronald, Roger Beachy, Peter Raven and others. It was made by students at Washington University in St. Louis to inform the Chinese people about the utility and safety of genetic modification technology. Please feel free to share the link to any colleagues, friends or family you think would be interested in hearing an informed perspective.
José has recently been elected to NAASC, the North American Arabidopsis Steering committee, along with Elizabeth Haswell from Washington University of St. Louis. Being part of NAASC provides an opportunity to organize events that promote Arabidopsis research and plant biology in general. NAASC organizes the ICAR meetings. The first duty in 2015 was to vote for St. Louis as the host city for the 2017 ICAR meeting! Meet you in St. Louis!
Working with Dan Chitwood, Becky Bart and Rubén Réllan-Álvarez, we have organized a petition to gauge the support of GM technology for crop improvement by scientists and those that support a scientific approach in the development and evaluation of agricultural products. The petition is in support of the ASPB position statement on GMOs. We’ve reached over 1,400 signatories. Join the movement and leave a statement why you think it’s important to support GM technology!
Article published on ASBMB website featuring Q&A on my experience as a URM in science. The main lesson I’ve learned is that you should not be your own roadblock. Strive for success no matter what you perceive as the limits of your situation. Check it out!
I’m really excited to join the Science Policy Committee at ASPB. Activities will include interacting with representatives of the US congress and drafting position statements. ASPB recently published a “Position Statement on Diversity” that is definitely worth a read.
I have been kindly asked to join F1000 and contribute to the excellent work they do highlighting the best in plant development literature. If you see any really interesting work that the community should take notice of, let me know!