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IGBB's Peterson Accepts Major Leadership Roles

October 7, 2013

Dr. Daniel G. Peterson, director of the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing & Biotechnology (IGBB) and professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (PSS), has taken on leadership roles in two prominent plant biology societies.

Peterson was elected to serve on the Steering Committee of the International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI; see http://www.cottongen.org/icgi/home). During his two-year appointment (2013-2015), Peterson will serve as co-chair of the ICGI's Functional Genomics Workgroup. The mission of the ICGI is to increase knowledge of the structure and function of the cotton genome for the benefit of the global community.

Dr. Alan Jones, president-elect of the American Society for Plant Biologists (ASPB), has asked Dr. Peterson to serve on the ASPB's Science Policy Committee (ASPB; see http://my.aspb.org/?G_Leadership#public). Peterson will serve a four-year term on the committee (2013-2017). The ASPB is one of the largest societies devoted to the promotion of excellence in plant biology research and education. The ASPB is particularly well known for publishing the journals The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology.