Indiana University biologist Roger Hangarter began his term as president-elect of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) this month and will assume the presidency in October 2004.
Heís also the co-exhibitor, along with Arizona artist Dennis DeHart, in an artistic expression of his scientific side. sLow Life, mounted at the School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery in Bloomington, features DeHartís organic still lifes and Hangarterís videos of plants performing the dynamic dance of life, tendrils reaching toward the light, growing, flowering and diminishing. It is, after all, not easy being green.
Hangarter will assume the presidency of the non-profit science society in October 2004. ASPB represents nearly 6,000 plant scientists from around the world and publishes two of the three most widely cited plant science journals in the world, The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology. The society, which is headquartered in Rockville, Md., changed its name from the American Society of Plant Physiologists in 2001 to reflect the broader diversity of plant scientists in its membership.
Hangarterís research has focused on physiological and molecular mechanisms controlling plant growth and development, including mechanisms by which plants perceive and respond to environmental stimuli.
(Read more on his educational Web site, ďPlants-In-Motion,Ē here)