March 28, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Wyatt Receives 2017 Excellence in Education Award from ASPB

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Dr. Sarah Wyatt has been named the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Education Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists. The award will be presented June 24-28 at Plant Biology 2017 in Honolulu.

Wyatt is Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology at Ohio University.

Wyatt is recognized as an expert in gravitational and space biology. Using cellular and molecular approaches, she examines how plants sense and respond to gravity. In her lab, both graduate and undergraduate students use molecular, genetic and genomic tools to study plant growth and development. Her students, including undergraduates, regularly present at conferences in projects including proteomics analysis of membrane and soluble proteins from Spaceflight seedlings, as well as RNAseq analysis of gene expression of material that flew recently on the International Space Station.

Wyatt has held positions on the executive committee and council of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), as well as on the governing board of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR); she also served as a program director at the National Science Foundation. She is currently chair of the Education Committee for ASPB. And she is on the editorial board for Gravitational and Space Research and for the American Journal of Botany.

She has been a strong advocate for student research and outreach programming across campus.

Sarah Wyatt and Colin Kruse unpack the frozen samples that flew on the International Space Station.

Sarah Wyatt and Colin Kruse unpack the frozen samples that flew on the International Space Station.

“At Ohio University, she is an innovator and a leader in many efforts to get young people interested in science,” says Dr. Morgan Vis, Professor and Chair of Environmental & Plant Biology.

“She works to bring developments in science to a lay audience through the Science Cafe series. In addition to women in science and programs for gifted students, she led the effort to bring Tech Savvy to OHIO as a way to reach middle school girls and their families from our surrounding Appalachian region.”

Wyatt was part of the American Association of University Women national pilot program for Tech Savvy.

At OHIO, Wyatt has been awarded the Presidential Teacher Award and the Presidential Research Scholars award.


ASPB is a professional scientific society, headquartered in Rockville, MD, that is devoted to the advancement of the plant sciences worldwide. With a membership of some 4,000 plant scientists from throughout the United States and around the world, the society self-publishes two of the most widely cited plant science journals The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology, and in partnership with SEB and Wiley has recently launched Plant Direct.

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