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[Arabidopsis] Please Vote for your representatives!

Joanna Friesner via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by jdfriesner from ucdavis.edu)
Fri Apr 1 18:27:11 EST 2011

Voting for new members of NAASC is now open at

Voting deadline: April 18, 2011
(Only North American users registered at TAIR may participate in voting)

You will need to enter your TAIR user ID and password before voting and you
may only vote once, so mark up to 2 candidates of your choice before
submitting. You will be asked to confirm your selection before your votes
are counted.

(Forgot your TAIR registration? Go to
http://www.arabidopsis.org/servlets/Community?action=remind, type in your
last and/or first name, hit search. Choose your name from the list and
log-in to verify your current email address on file.

Thanks to everyone who submitted names for nomination to the North American
Arabidopsis Steering Committee. This year the two new NAASC members will
replace George Haughn and Scott Poethig who are finishing 4 year terms of
service at the summer meeting in Madison. Continuing NAASCers are: Jane
Glazebrook and Mark Estelle (2008-2012), Xinnian Dong and Blake Meyers
(2009-2013), and Wolf Frommer and Dominique Bergmann (2010-2014).

Votes will be accepted through the online TAIR website until April 18, 2011.
Shortly after, the top vote-getters will be contacted to confirm their
willingness to serve, and newly elected NAASCers will be announced via the
Arab-gen listserve and the North American TAIR email list.

About serving on NAASC:
Members serve for four full calendar years, beginning around the date of the
Annual International Conference on Arabidopsis Research, and rotate off
following the Conference held in their fourth year of service.

-Originally established in 1992 in response to the need for elected North
American representatives to the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering
Committee, NAASC has evolved into the main organizing and fundraising body
for the International Conference on Arabidopsis Research when it is held in
North America.

-The NAASC solicits funds to help North American junior scientists and
minorities travel to these international meetings. Additionally, the NAASC
serves as a liaison between members of the community and government and
not-for-profit granting agencies and provides representation of the
community to service facilities such as ABRC and TAIR.

-NAASC members contribute expertise and community representation to relevant
initiatives and efforts in plant biology.

-The NAASC contributes to the annual progress report on international
Arabidopsis research efforts via the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering

More information about the roles, history, and past members of the NAASC can
be found at:

Best regards,

Joanna Friesner, PhD
NAASC Coordinator
Arabidopsis 2011 Lead Organizer

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