Joyce Chery, Assistant Research Professor in SIPS, and co-author Israel da Cunha Neto have received the 2020 I.W. Bailey Award from the International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA) for their paper Wood anatomy of the neotropical liana lineage Paullinia L. (Sapindaceae). The research was conducted by Chery while a PhD student in the program of Chelsea Specht at UC-Berkeley. da Cunha Neto is affiliated with Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo. This is the first time the award has been won by a joint submission and the judges commented “their work highlights the positive results of collaboration in science”.
Irving Widmore Bailey (1884—1967) was a wood anatomist whose publications on xylem evolution, cambium and wood formation, cell wall ultrastructure, fossil woods, tree pathology, and other wood properties are seminal in the field. IAWA honors his memory with a named award for early career researchers who publish their work in the IAWA Journal.
Since 2014, the I.W. Bailey Award has been presented annually for the best original or review paper submitted to the IAWA Journal by a PhD candidate or postdoc who has completed her/his PhD no longer than five years since the submission of her/his manuscript. All subject matters published in the IAWA Journal are eligible. The Award consists of a certificate and 1000 Euro, sponsored by Brill Publishers.