Greta A. Fryxell Honored

ASPT member Dr. Greta A. Fryxell will be honored by the publication of a festschrift ("a volume of writings collected on honor of a scholar") recognizing her long record of scientific achievement in the fields of phycology and oceanography. The current issue of the European scientific journal Nova Hedwigia, Beihefte (Beiheft 133, 2008) will include articles by colleagues and former students that are dedicated to her and which recognize her many achievements both in teaching and in research <>.

Dr. Fryxell is Professor Emeritus of Oceanography at Texas A&M University and also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, the University of Texas at Austin. She now lives in Claremont, California, where she resides with her husband, Dr. Paul A. Fryxell.

A formal presentation of the festschrift will be made at a dinner held in her honor in Claremont on February 14, when many of her former students, who received M.S. or Ph.D. degrees under her direction, will be present, several coming from overseas. A unique feature of this festschrift is that it will include invited papers from each of her three children, Dr. Karl J. Fryxell (George Mason University), Dr. Joan E. Fryxell (California State University, San Bernardino), and Dr. Glen E. Fryxell (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) in their fields of biology, geology, and chemistry, respectively. [Posted 12 February 2008]

Neil Snow to BISH

Dr. Neil Snow, former Associate Professor and Curator of the Herbarium at the University of Northern Colorado, has moved to the Bishop Museum in Hawaii. His new email is <>. The Herbarium Pacificum (BISH) at the Bishop Museum houses over 600,000 collections of vascular plants, bryophytes, algae, fungi and lichens. It has nearly 11,000 type specimens and the largest collection of plants from Hawaii in the world. [Posted 31 December 2007]

NOTE: Items BELOW this red bar were included in the December 2007 issue of the ASPT Newsletter.

Robert Allerton Award to William R. Anderson

The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) has announced that Dr. William R. Anderson will receive the Robert Allerton Award for Excellence in Tropical Botany or Horticulture for 2007. The award will be presented October 8 during the institution's semi-annual Board of Trustees meeting.

"Bill Anderson has been a major influence in the world of tropical botany, from his decades of research to his devotion in teaching generations of future botanists," stated NTBG CEO and Director Chipper Wichman. "His passion to spend his life studying and sharing his knowledge about tropical plants is truly admirable. It is our honor to present this award to Bill." [Photo by Christiane Anderson 2007.]

Colleagues credit Anderson with anticipating by 25 years the links between plant systematics and ecology that are now widely in evidence. During his lifetime of selfless dedication to the discipline of plant taxonomy, he served as director of the University of Michigan (MICH) herbarium, one of the largest university herbaria in the world, and currently holds the title of Curator Emeritus of Vascular Plants. He has taken the lead in understanding the complexities of the large tropical plant family Malpighiaceae, commonly known as the Barbados Cherry family, and continues this research to this day. Now Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University, Anderson devoted many years to training an extraordinary number of undergraduate and doctoral students, many of which have gone on to prominent positions in plant science. His success as a mentor is evidenced by the fact that nearly all of his doctoral students have been awarded dissertation grants from the National Science Foundation.

His own research has received some 25 grants from the Foundation, including early in his career as an NSF Graduate Fellow, throughout his career for fieldwork in Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina, and Costa Rica, and for his current collaborative research with his wife and fellow botanist, Christiane, and a researcher from Harvard University. Anderson has published over 70 scientific papers and served as general editor for eight volumes of the monumental Flora Novo-Galiciana. He is a past president of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and served for 15 years on a committee for the International Association for Plant Taxonomy. Anderson says he will speak on the "Highs and lows of tropical fieldwork" at the awards ceremony. "Research in plant systematics is fun and fascinating, but it can also be lonely and frustrating," commented Anderson. "It took me years of solitary study to learn enough about the Malpighiaceae that I could start to add to what was already known, and unraveling evolutionary history is the most intellectually challenging work imaginable. Learning that I was to receive the Allerton Award from the National Tropical Botanical Garden was therefore not only deeply gratifying; it was also a validation of 40 years of arduous and joyous scholarship."

The Allerton Award is given bi-annually to recognize specific achievements or a lifetime of achievements in tropical plant science. The award was initiated in October 1975 and is named to honor one of NTBG's founding trustees and its principal initial benefactor. It consists of a bronze medal and an honorarium. [Posted 28 September 2007]

Patrick Sweeney to Yale University Herbarium

Patrick Sweeney will join the staff of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History as the Collections Manger of the Yale University Herbarium (YU). Patrick completed the requirements for his Ph.D. in 2007 on the systematics and floral evolution of the pantropical tree genus Garcinia (Clusiaceae) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, under the supervision of Elizabeth Kellogg. Prior to beginning his Ph.D. studies, Patrick served for one year as interim curator of the University of Georgia Herbarium (GA). In addition to activities associated with management and maintenance of the collection, Patrick will participate in collection enhancement activities through databasing projects, national and international collecting efforts, and continuing systematic research on Garcinia and related species. His new contact information is: Division of Botany, Yale University Herbarium, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, P.O. Box 208118, New Haven, CT 06520-8118, USA. See the Herbarium's web site <>. [Posted 17 December 2007]

Lawrence Memorial Award to Jimmy K. Triplett

Mr. Jimmy K. Triplett, a student of Dr. Lynn G. Clark at Iowa State University, is the recipient of the 2007 Lawrence Memorial Award. For his dissertation research, Mr. Triplett has undertaken a study of the woody bamboo genus Pleioblastus. The proceeds of the Award will help support his travel to Japan for field work and herbarium research. [Posted 11 September 2007]

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