We invite you to attend the 2014 Northeast section ASPB meeting at the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences. Hosted annually at a University in New England or New York, the NEASPB meeting provides an excellent venue for graduate and undergraduate students to present talks or posters and discuss their research with students and faculty from around the region.

This year the Keynote Symposium will explore the evolution of physiological processes in plants. Our keynote speakers include:

Professor Rowan Sage, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto. Professor Sage is a physiological ecologist who studies comparative photosynthesis of C3 and C4 plants and mechanisms of plant response to global climate change, among other topics.  You can learn more about Professor Sage’s research by visiting his web page at http://labs.eeb.utoronto.ca/rsage/.

Assistant Professor Jill Preston, Department of Plant Biology, University of Vermont. Professor Preston investigates the evolutionary genetics of plant development, including flowering phenology, cold adaptation and floral form. You can learn more about Professor Preston’s research by visit her web page at http://jillpreston.weebly.com/.

Assistant Professor Chris Lane, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island. Professor Lane’s research focuses on genome evolution and reduction in parasites using model organisms from the oomycete and red algal lineages, including adelphoparasites, which parasitize their own sister-species. You can learn more about Professor Lane’s research by visiting his web page at http://cels.uri.edu/bio/lanelab/research.html.

Student and Postdoc Travel Awards:

Registration fees are waived for students and postdocs who are the presenting author for a poster or talk. Student and Postdoc presenting authors can also apply for a Travel Award for reimbursement of travel and rooming costs. The amounts of these awards will depend on the number of applicants and available funds. But, in the past, most students have been reimbursed for mileage and a one-night hotel stay.

 Important Dates:

Early February:  Online registration opens.
March 15:  Deadline for online Early Bird registration.
March 15:  Abstract submission deadline.
March 16:  Hotel room blocks will be released. Please reserve your room by March 15 for best rate and availability.
March 17:  Deadline to mail registration fee for Early Bird registration. Please add $10 for registration fees mailed after this date.
March 16-23:  Late online registration. Fees for late online registration (including $10 late registration fee) can be paid at the door.

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