Winslow Briggs' 90th Birthday Symposium: April 19, 2018

Event Dates: April 19, 2018 - 9:00am - 8:00pm

Symposium in Honor of Winslow Briggs

April 19, 2018

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A Celebration of 66 Years of Photobiology Research
Winslow Briggs has been conducting and publishing research for 66 years, right up to the present day (he is presently growing and measuring fava bean plants in the greenhouse). His incomparable career has been highlighted by many seminal discoveries. These include the demonstration that light regulates auxin transport in phototropism (the bending of plants toward light), the discovery of phototropins as the photoreceptors that drive phototropism, the discovery of phototropin-like photoreceptors that modulate bacterial infection of host animals and plants, and the mechanism by which smoke from forest fires trigger germination of dormant seeds. In addition to his many scientific accomplishments, Winslow has mentored a large number of graduate students and postdocs, many of whom have become major players in plant biology. Further, his leadership and inspiration have shaped the science and careers of generations of researchers at the Department of Plant Biology of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Not least of his important contributions has been dedication to the Annual Review of Plant Biology as a long-time editor and to the journal Molecular Plant as a founding editor. With generous financial support from these two journals and the Carnegie Institution for Science, we now invite you to A Celebration of 66 Years of Winslow’s Research - an all-day symposium here at Carnegie/Stanford, on April 19, 2018. The symposium will feature presentations by past and present Briggs lab members and collaborators, as well as leading scientists in the plant photobiology field.

Department of Plant Biology
Carnegie Institution for Science
260 Panama Street
Stanford, CA 94305

You can learn more about Winslow Briggs at the following web links:
People Behind the Science podcast:

An Interview with Sabeeha Merchant and Elaine Tobin

Annual Review in Plant Biology: A Wandering Pathway in Plant Biology: From Wild
flowers to Phototropins to Bacterial Virulence. 042809-112326


Program Schedule 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

09:00 am: Opening Remarks – Zhiyong Wang

Session 1: Phototropism I: Phototropin and its Actions.
Chair: Sue Rhee
09:10 am: Mannie Liscum
                 Title: CRL3-NRL-dependent Regulation of Signaling through Photoreceptor Ubiquitination
09:30 am: John Christie
                 Title: Phototropins - 20 Years On
09:50 am: Kevin Gardner
                 Title: Blue Light Photosensing: The Structure/function Interface
10:10 am: Eirini Kaiserli
                 Title: From LOV domains to nuclear domains regulating plant development
10:30 am: Coffee break and group photo

Session 2: Phototropism II: Movement and Growth
Chair: David Ehrhardt
11:00 am: Masamitsu Wada
                Title: The Mechanism of Chloroplast Movement
11:20 am: Ken Shimazaki
                 Title: Opening Response of Stomata by Blue Light
11:40 am: Christian Fankhauser
                 Title: A Phot1-Mediated Phosphorylation Switch Turns a Positive Regulator of  Phototropism into an Inhibitor of the Process
12:00 pm: Lunch

Session 3: Responses to Light and Hormones
Chair: Devaki Bhaya
01:20 pm: Marta Laskowski
                  Title: Changes in Root and Shoot Architecture Occur in Concert with Changes in
                  Developmental Phase
01:40 pm: David Nelson
                  Title: Deciphering Smoke Signals: The Perception of Karrikins in Plants
02:00 pm: Zheng-Hui He
                  Title: From UVB to Vitamin B6 - Genetic Puzzles and Surprises
02:20 pm: Julian Schroeder
                  Title: Molecular Signal Transduction Network in Guard Cells Mediating CO2 Regulation of Stomatal Movements
02:40 pm: Sue Rhee

03:00 pm: Coffee break

Session 4: Photoreceptors to Agriculture
Chair: Kathy Barton
03:20 pm: Peter Quail
                  Title: Phytochrome: Then and Now
03:40 pm: Xingwang Deng
                  Title: A 29-year Affection for COPs
04:00 pm: Chentao Lin
                  Title: The Photochemistry of Arabidopsis Cryptochromes -- from Photodimerization to Photodegradation
04:20 pm: Clark Lagarias
                  Title: Briggs, Berkeley and Bilins
04:40 pm: Winslow Briggs
                  Title: Photobiology and Agriculture
05:00 pm: Elaine Tobin
                  Title: A perspective of Winslow from an early student

05:10 pm: open microphone
06:00 pm: Closing remarks - Arthur Grossman

06:30 pm: Reception & BBQ at Carnegie


Travel and Lodging

Please refer to and contact the following for accomodations

Creekside Inn, Palo Alto (April 18th - April 20th)
Mention the "Winslow Briggs Birthday Symposium" group when reserving
3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California 94306
$275-$295 per night

(650) 493-2411
CUT OFF DATE: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Stanford Guest House, Palo Alto (April 18th - April 20th) 
Mention the "Carnegie Science" group when reserving
2575 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025
$160 per night

(650) 926-2800
CUT OFF DATE: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Coronet Hotel, Palo Alto
2455 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 326-1081

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Sponsored by Annual Review of Plant Biology, Molecular Plant, I-CULTIVER, PhytoAB, and Carnegie Institution for Science