From Plant Press, Vol. 18, No. 2, April 2015.
The 2014 awardees in the first cycle of the Smithsonian Institute for Biodiversity Genomics-Global Genome Initiative (SIBG-GGI) Grants Program were recently announced. The SIBG-GGI awards seek to promote scholarly activities that advance the vision of Smithsonian Biodiversity Genomics: An open community dedicated to collaborative multidisciplinary discovery, exploration, and application of genomic information to increase and diffuse knowledge, understanding, and sustainability of global biodiversity. Among those receiving awards were Ashley Egan with a proposal entitled “Phylogenomics of Millettioid/Phaseoloid Legumes: A Global and Genomic Perspective,” Vicki Funk with a proposal entitled “Reconstructing Character Evolution in Compositae (Asteraceae) Using Next-Generation Target Enrichment Data (Flowering Plants),” and Kenneth Wurdack with a proposal entitled “Understanding the Causes of Evolutionary Novelty: Genomics of Floral and Biochemical Specialization.”
Ashley Egan received a Competitive Grants Program for Science (CGPS) Pell grant for a proposal entitled “Phylogenomics of Phaseoloid legumes based on a hybrid enrichment approach: Implications for biodiversity, systematics and genomics” to fund a postdoctoral fellow and molecular work.
Alain Touwaide has been appointed as a member of the American Botanical Council’s Advisory Board.