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Alumni Reunion Zooms

For many of us, the pandemic has shined an ever-brighter light on the importance of connection and mutual support. Two members of the BTI community who shared that insight, faculty emeritus Dr. Alan Renwick and Aly Evans of the development team, partnered to...

BTI alumni participating in a Zoom call

David Stern to Step Down as BTI President

After leading the Boyce Thompson Institute for 17 years, David Stern has decided to step down as president. He will retain the role during the search for his successor, and plans to lead the Stern lab well into the future. A remarkable example of ascending through...

Closeup of David Stern in a field on his farm. He is smiling and wearing a black leather jacket. There are trees far off in the background, and the sky is cloudy.

NSF Launches $25 Million Digital Biology Center

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $25 million over five years to four participating institutions to create the Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS), which will develop new methods for observing, recording and modulating plant...

A closeup photo of Joyce Van Eck in a greenhouse, surrounded by groundcherry plants. She is smiling, wearing a red shirt, black sweater, and a purple and white necklace. The plants are laden with fruit.

Alex Ogbonna Wins Borlaug Scholar Award from NAPB

Boyce Thompson Institute is proud to congratulate Alex Ogbonna for receiving a 2021 Borlaug Scholar Award from the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB). Ogbonna is a Cornell University graduate student in Lukas Mueller’s lab at BTI, where he works to...

Alex Ogbonna stands behind a lecture with a big smile. He is wearing a long-sleeved, button-up, collared shirt that is reddish-orange. He is gesturing with his right hand.

Sarah Evanega Joins BTI Faculty

Boyce Thompson Institute is pleased to welcome Professor Sarah Evanega as the newest addition to our faculty. Sarah is a science communicator whose research and outreach efforts focus on the nexus of plant science and society, and strive to ensure that plant...

Headshot of Sarah Evanega wearing a black shirt.

BTI Welcomes Summer Student Interns

On June 1, Boyce Thompson Institute welcomed 28 of the country’s brightest undergraduate students from universities around the country to experience the life of a researcher for 10 weeks. Seven more interns from local area high schools will join the Institute for...

A group photo of 27 undergraduate interns outside of BTI, with trees in the background.

New Guide for Plant Scientists to Reenvision Outreach

Advances in plant science are becoming increasingly important to feed the world while minimizing harm to the environment, but there aren’t enough students interested in the field to keep up with the need. To combat this trend, a group of 30 scientists have...

30 people posing outside for a group photo. They are on a stone patio with trees behind them.

New Cyanobacteria Species Spotlights Early Life

Cyanobacteria are one of the unsung heroes of life on Earth. They first evolved to perform photosynthesis about 2.4 billion years ago, pumping tons of oxygen into the atmosphere – a period known as the Great Oxygenation Event – which enabled the evolution of...

A microscopic image of Anthocerotibacter panamensis. The rod-shaped cyanobacteria are colored green, pink and yellow against a black background.
 

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