December 2020 ECPS Council Meeting Notes
Council Meeting, December 18th, 2020
Early Career Plant Scientists Section
American Society of Plant Biologists
Council Meeting, December 18, 2020; 8:00 am PST
Rishi R. Masalia, Chair, ECR Mem Comm, ASPB Council
Alexander Meyers, Vice-Chair
Helen Liu, Head of External Communications
Ashley Cannon, Head of Internal Communications and ECR Ed Comm
Craig Schenck, Treasurer and ECR Pub Comm
Asia HIghtower, ECR EDIC
Katie Murphy, ECR WiPB Comm
Katie McIntyre, Chair of Ambassador Alliance, ASPB Council
Laura Klasek, ECR Pro Comm
Patrick Thomas, Head of EDI
Steph Klein, Head of Culture and ECR on EEPP Comm
Katie Rogers, ASPB Community Engagement Administrator
A Membership Model Proposal was submitted to the Membership Committee.
Plant Biology 2021 events ECPS is either sponsoring, co-sponsoring, supporting with people power, or supporting with social only. Note: the proposals went in, the programming committee has to select which ones will go.
Grad. School Q+A Session
ECPS Town Hall
Careers Outside Academia
Careers in the BioEconomy
Surviving Academia and Industry (ECPS is not sponsoring this workshop)
3 Min. Thesis updates. We are approved for 3MT!
There will be prize money for winners.
Logistics: Top 5 chosen will receive a travel award to attend and present at Plant Biology 2021 or if the meeting is virtual, ASPB/ECPS will help them make a production quality video.
In the future, we hope to get a sponsor for this competition.
Update on WiPB efforts RE: sexual harassment and parental leave
WiPB Committee updated the ASPB sexual harassment policy and it is with the lawyers
Parental leave policies is a new issue in focus for the committee and ASPB - keep an eye out for content
Head of Culture - Steph Klein - Issue in Focus updates
Example of Proposed White Paper: https://www.nature.com/article...
Steph is making a Google Form to collect information for Humans of Plant Science (HOPS)
Ambassadors are working on content about the same topic - could be a potential collaboration
Head of ECPS - EDI Subcommittee - Patrick Thomas - updates
Short term goals:
Long term goals:
EDI Certification Process: Will review programs and make sure that they are inclusive and respectful of diversity
Recruitment efforts update (Craig)
Idea - Tweet a bunch during upcoming conferences and contact people to let them know that ASPB + ECPS exists
Make a presentation that can be given for recruitment
Website updates (Rishi)
New look to the website (https://earlycareer.aspb.org/) - would love feedback, particularly things you want added or changed.
Approval to have "One-Stop-Shop links on the site" - Collaboration with Katie Rogers - through her ASPB role - (so this is for all of ASPB, with a focus on ECRs, spearheaded by ECPS).
Al and Rishi are working on creating a brand book, and guide for position transitions (will be ready for view by March). We will be emailing specific people to contribute sections/information.
Still on the hunt for a Head of Content -- we need this position our content is announced, but we are all collectively slow to deliver. A dedicated person can help with this. Ideas for finding a person?