Adrienne Roeder, Nancy M. & Samuel C. Fleming Term Associate Professor at the the Weill Institute and SIPS Section of Plant Biology, has been elected to the North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC). Chair of the Plant Biology, Joss Rose commented, “This is a great tribute to her leadership role and influence in the Arabidopsis community, and highlights her group’s cutting edge research, as well as that of her colleagues”.
Roeder, who came to Cornell in 2011, studies the role that cell growth and division play in the diversity of cell size in the Arabidopsis sepal. A major aspect of her research program also involves imaging and computer modeling. She looks forward to serving on the NAASC to continue building its interdisciplinary and diverse community, to advocate for the importance of Arabidopsis research and its synergies with other plants, and to carry on the traditions of previous leaders.
Roeder is also a long-time advocate for women in science, having 15 years of experience running hands-on scientific workshops for middle school girls through the Explore Your Opportunities (EYO) or Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) programs. She and her graduate students currently run a workshop using a computational image analysis game for 7th grade girls each year at Mt. Saint Vincent College in the Bronx. This workshop combines her passion for supporting women in science with enthusiasm for interdisciplinary science. These interests synergize with NAASC’s renewed commitment to diversifying plant science.