Luke Busta presented our collaborative research studying cuticle waxes on mosses at the Phytochemical Society of America meeting. The cuticle is a layer of waxes and polymers that cover the surface of plants and prevents water loss. Luke is a chemistry graduate student in Dr. Reinhard Jetter's lab at the University of British Columbia. His talk, entitled "Cuticular waxes from the gametophyte, sporophyte, and calyptra of the moss Funaria hygrometrica" won the best student presentation at the meeting. This was his first national meeting and is a fabulous accomplishment!
I attended the Botanical Society of America meeting a couple of weeks back and one of my research publications from my PhD (citation below) won the Grady L. Webster award. This award is given for the "most outstanding paper published in the American Journal of Botany in the field of structural and developmental botany (i.e., anatomy and morphology) over the two-year period prior to the award year". I feel very honored receiving this award. As a scientist I publish my findings in research journals and people in my sub-field read them and then refer to/cite them in their own papers. In spite of getting the work out there for people to read, scientists rarely get direct feedback on what others think of their work. It is great to know that my scientific research is well-regarded by other botanists.
Budke JM, Goffinet B, Jones CS. 2012. The cuticle on the gametophyte calyptra matures before the sporophyte cuticle in the moss Funaria hygrometrica (Funariaceae). AmericanJournal of Botany 99: 14-22.
Sharing these positive events here on the blog was inspired by reading this article on the Scientific American blog about academic life. One of her recommendations was to start a "feel good" email folder to remind yourself of kind words others have shared and happy successes to help you make it through tough times. These awards are headed to my "feel good" folder and I wanted to share them here too. Writing this blog has definitely had a positive influence on my professional life. It helps me stay focused on the interesting aspects of moss plant biology and allows me to share my thoughts on the latest science research on mosses. Thanks!