[Arabidopsis] Nominate colleagues to serve on the North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee

Joanna Friesner via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by jdfriesner from ucdavis.edu)
Thu Feb 17 18:32:21 EST 2011

Dear member of the North American Arabidopsis research community,

- We are now accepting nominations for two new members of the NAASC (North
American Arabidopsis Steering Committee).
- Please email your nomination(s) to Joanna Friesner, NAASC Coordinator by
February 28, 2011 (jdfriesner from ucdavis.edu).

Eligibility to serve on the NAASC:
Any member of the North American (U.S., Canada, Mexico) Arabidopsis research
community. Those who have previously served on the NAASC may be nominated,
and if elected, may serve on the committee again. Self-nominations accepted.

Eligibility to nominate NAASC members:
Any North American (U.S., Canada, Mexico) member of the Arabidopsis

- The nomination deadline is February 28. 
- An email will be sent to registered North American TAIR users around March
21 asking for votes via a secure TAIR webpage.
- The voting deadline is April 18.
- The top 2 candidates will be contacted and their willingness to serve
confirmed. Winners will be announced around the middle of May.

Service on the NAASC is important and valuable to the U.S. and international
research communities. Two members that rotate off NAASC this year need to be
replaced and we need community members to first nominate good Arabidopsis
community candidates and then vote for those willing to stand for election.

Without the efforts of the NAASC, organization of the Arabidopsis Conference
and funding to attend the annual Arabidopsis conference for young scientists
and underrepresented minorities would be jeopardized. In addition, NAASC
members support Arabidopsis resources such as TAIR and ABRC, and represents
North America to the international community. NAASC members interact with
important members of funding agencies that support plant biology research.

They also are called upon to provide input and leadership into new
initiatives such as new International Arabidopsis Informatics Consortium.

NAASC officers currently are (listed in order of most to least seniority):
George Haughn (Univ. of British Columbia, Scott Poethig (Univ. of
PA-Philadelphia), Jane Glazebrook (University of Minnesota-St. Paul), Mark
Estelle (UC San Diego), Xinnian Dong (Duke University), Blake Meyers
(University of Delaware), Dominique Bergmann (Stanford), and Wolf Frommer
(Carnegie Institution for Science.) Their service to the community is much

About serving on NAASC:
Members serve for four full calendar years, beginning around the date of the
Annual International Conference on Arabidopsis Research, and rotate off
following the Conference held in their fourth year of service.

-Originally established in 1992 in response to the need for elected North
American representatives to the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering
Committee, NAASC has evolved into the main organizing and fundraising body
for the International Conference on Arabidopsis Research when it is held in
North America.
-The NAASC solicits funds to help North American junior scientists and
minorities travel to these international meetings. Additionally, the NAASC
serves as a liaison between members of the community and government and
not-for-profit granting agencies and provides representation of the
community to service facilities such as ABRC and TAIR.
-NAASC members contribute expertise and community representation to relevant
initiatives and efforts in plant biology.
-The NAASC contributes to the annual progress report on international
Arabidopsis research efforts.

More information about the roles, history, and past members of the NAASC can
be found at:

Best regards,

Joanna Friesner, PhD
NAASC Coordinator
Arabidopsis 2011
June 22-25

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