News from the Society, the Sections and the Committees, Part III


New Corresponding Members of the Society Elected

Two distinguished scientists were elected to Corresponding Membership in the Botanical Society of America at the Annual Business Meeting in Montreal. Following the recommendation from the Corresponding Members Committee, their elections were unanimous. The Botanical Society is pleased to welcome Professor Hong De-yuan and Professor Shoichi Kawano as Corresponding Members.

Professor Hong De-yuan: Director of the Open Laboratory of Plant Systematics and Evolution, and Professor, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

Dr. Hong is one of the leaders in Chinese Botanical sciences and has been a major figure in the development of modern plant research in China. He is an outstanding scientist who has published extensively in systematics, morphology, cytology, ecology and most recently, molecular evolution. He currently serves as director of the Herbarium and the Laboratory of Cytotaxonomy and Systematics of the Institute of Botany. He is chief editor of Cathaya, the outstanding scientific journal of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Hong was among the first botanists to study abroad after the opening of China to the West and he has traveled extensively throughout the world as an advocate of botany. He has actively sought collaborations on an international level and has successfully brought visiting scientists from all over the globe to Beijing. Dr. Hong De-yuan has worked tirelessly towards the advancement of modern plant science in China and towards opening Chinese botany to the international scientific community.

Professor Shoichi Kawano: Professor of Botany, Kyoto University and Professor, Institute of Genetic Ecology, Tohoku University.

Dr. Kawano is a highly prolific and outstanding international scientist who has written extensively in systematics, evolution, ecology, and biogeography of terrestrial plants. He has been a leader in the field of plant population ecology and has spearheaded the life-history approach to the study of plants. He has published over 150 scientific papers and has authored 10 books. Dr. Kawano has been an effective and tireless advocate of plant biology in Japan. He developed and serves as editor of Plant Species Biology, an international journal for studies of plant systematics, evolution, and ecology. His promotion of botany in Japan has lead to the development of a major museum of systematic biology. Dr. Kawano developed the concept of the museum, raised funds for the museum, and he will serve as Director. Dr. Kawano's outstanding science and his energetic promotion of Japanese botany in the international community has lead to the emergence of a distinguished school of botany in Japan.

Awards and Prizes at BSA Annual Meeting

The following awards and prizes were announced on 6 August 1997, at the Banquet for All Botanists given by the Botanical Society of America (BSA) at its Annual Meeting held in Montréal, held jointly with the Canadian Botanical Association/L'Association Botanique du Canada.

Botanical Society of America Merit Awards

These awards are made to persons judged to have made outstanding contributions to botanical science. The first awards were made in 1956 at the 50th anniversary of the Botanical Society, and one or more have been presented each year since that time. This year Merit Awards went to three botanists. Certificates were presented to Nels Lersten, Elbert Little, and Grady Webster.


The Darbaker Prize

This award is made for meritorious work in the study of microscopical algae. The recipient is selected by a Committee of the Botanical Society which bases its judgment primarily on papers published during the last two calendar years. The recipient receives a certificate and a monetary award. The award this year went to Dr. Robert G. Sheath for work on freshwater, microscopic rhodophytic algae.


The Katherine Esau Award

This award, established in 1985 with a gift from Dr. Esau, is given to the graduate student who presents the outstanding paper in developmental and structural botany at the annual meeting. This year's award went to Andrew N. Doust from the University of Melbourne for his talk entitled "Variability and pattern in the flowers of the Winteraceae (Magnoliidae)."


The John S. Karling Award

This is the newest Botanical Society Award, and it was given for the first time this year. The award was made possible by a gift from the late John Sidney Karling. Dr. Karling started his career at Columbia and moved to Purdue as a full professor; he was head of Biological Science there for more than a decade. His research interests were in cytology, marine fungi, and tropical biology. He was an active member of both the Torrey Botanical Club and the BSA. This year Karling Awards were presented to Justin Michael Ramsey from the University of Washington for his project entitled "Processes of polyploid evolution in the Achillea millefolium (Asteraceae) complex," and to James P. Therrien from the University of Kansas for his project entitled "Phylogeny of the Selaginellaceae and related 'lycopsids'."


The Maynard F. Moseley Award

The Maynard F. Moseley Award was established to honor a career of dedicated teaching, scholarship, and service to the furtherance of the botanical sciences. The award recognizes a student paper that best advances out understanding of the palnt anaomy and/or morphology of vascular plants within an evolutionary context. The award this year was presented to Melinda Brady for her talk entitled "Exploring patterns in floral morphology: Mathematical modeling of floral development using an inhibitory morphogen and meristematic growth parameters."


The Charles Edwin Bessey Award

This award, given annually by the Teaching Section of the BSA, recognizes outstanding contributions made to botanical instruction. The award this year was given to Dr. Joseph E. Armstrong of Illinois State University. Over the years, Joe has shared his passion for plants with thousands of students. In addition, BIOLAB, an electronic bulletin board, has become one of the most extensive collections of innovative laboratory activities that enhance student learning.


The Michael A. Cichan Award

This award established by the Botanical Society of America is named in honor of Michael A. Cichan. It was instituted to encourage work by young researchers at the interface of structural and evolutionary botany. The award is given to a scholar for a published paper in these areas. The Michael A. Cichan award for 1997 was presented to Brigitte Meyer-Berthaud.


The Isabel C. Cookson Paleobotanical Award

Each year the Isabel C. Cookson Award is given for the best contributed paper in paleobotany or palynology presented at the annual meeting. The award this year was presented to Sandra J. Borgardt for her paper entitled "Fruit development in fossil and living Quercus (Fagaceae) and its taxonomic value."


The Ecological Section Award

Each year the Ecological Section of the Botanical Society offers an award for the best student paper presented at the annual meetings. A judging committee evaluates each student presentation and selects a winner based on the quality of the work and the presentation. The recipient of the award receives a certificate, a cash award, and is a guest of the Ecological Section at the BSA banquet. This year the recipient was Mary N. Puterbaugh from the University of Missouri for her paper entitled "The role of ants as floral visitors in the alpine."


The Margaret Menzel Award

This award is given by the Genetics Section for an outstanding paper presented in the contributed papers sessions of the annual meetings. This year's award went to Jerome Laroche, Peng Li, Lurent Maggia, and Jean Bousquet for their talk entitled "Molecular evolution of angiosperm mitochondrial introns and exons."


The Physiological Section Award

Each year the Physiological Section presents the Li-Cor prize, which acknowledges the best presentation made by any student, regardless of subdiscipline, at the annual meeting. The award this year went to Jaren I. Madden from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, for her talk with Cynthia S. Jones entitled "Characterization of somatic embryogenesis response of Pelagonium species to exogenous cytokinens."


The Samuel N. Postlewait Award

The Teaching Section presents the Samuel Noel Postlewait award for exceptional teaching on behalf of the Teaching Section of the BSA. This year the award was presented to Dr. Donald S. Galitz of North Dakota State University. Besides serving the section as Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Representative to the Council, Don has been an inspiration for several generations of teaching scholars.


The Edgar T. Wherry Award

This award is given for the best paper presented during the contributed papers session of the Pteridological Section. This award is in honor of Dr. Wherry's many contributions to the floristics and patterns of evolution of ferns. This year's award went to James P. Therrien from the Univerisyt of Kansas for his talk entitled "Evolution and diversification of the Selaginellaceae."


The George R. Cooley Award

This award is given annually by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists for the best contributed paper in plant systematics presented at the annual meeting. This year's award was given to Andrea D. Wolfe, Qiu-Yun Xiang, and Susan R. Kephart for their talk entitled "Old wine in new skin - reassing hybridization in Penstemon using microsatellite-based characters."


The Henry Allan Gleason Award

This award is given annually by the New York Botanical Garden in recognition of an outstanding recent publication in the fields of plant taxonomy, plant ecology, or plant geography. The award committee is provided by the New York Botanical Garden. The award consists of a cash grant from a fund established by the late Dr. Gleason and an award certificate. This year the award was presented to Dr. Armen Takhtajan from St. Petersburg, Russia.


The Jessie M. Greenman Award

The Jessie M. Greenman Award is presented each year by the Alumni Association of the Missouri Botanical Garden. It recognizes the paper judged best in vascular plant or bryophyte systematics based on a doctoral dissertation published during the previous year. The recipient receives a certificate and a cash prize. This year's award went to Elena Conti for her publication entitled "Circumscription of Myrtales and their relationship to other rosids: Evidence from rbcL sequence data," coauthored with A. Litt and K.J. Sytsma and published in the American Journal of Botany. This study is based on a Ph.D. dissertation from the University of Wisconsin under the direction of Dr. Kenneth J. Sytsma.


The A. J. Sharp Award

This award is given for the best student paper presented in the American Bryological and Lichenological sessions. This year's award went to Katherine Preston of Indiana University for her paper entitled "Ecological and developmental studies on the dwarf male breeding system of the moss Dicranum scoparium in the North Carolina Piedmont." Her research advisor was Brent Mischler, then at Duke University.

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