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Darleen DeMason Receives High Honor

UCR Botanist Receives High Honor from Botanical Society of America

Centennial Award presented to Darleen DeMason on Aug. 2

(August 7, 2006)

Darleen A. DeMason is a professor of botany and plant morphologist at UC Riverside.

Darleen A. DeMason is a professor of botany and plant morphologist at UC Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — For her outstanding service to the plant sciences, Darleen A. DeMason, professor of botany and plant morphologist at UC Riverside, received the “Centennial Award” from the Botanical Society of America on Aug. 2 at the Botany 2006 Conference in Chico, Calif.

DeMason, who joined UCR’s Department of Botany and Plant Sciences in 1978, researches the mechanisms of plant development at the levels of the cell, tissue, organ and whole plant. In the past decade, her work has involved the genetic control of shoot and leaf development in the common garden pea. For the past 20 years she has taught Plant Anatomy, offered every fall on campus. At UCR, she also has taught General Botany, Microscopy, Plant Morphology, General Biology, Introduction to Development, Botany for Gardeners, and Cacti and Succulents.

On campus, she has served as acting director of the Honors Program, associate dean in the Graduate Division and the secretary for Phi Beta Kappa.

DeMason has been a member of the editorial board and publications committee for the American Journal of Botany for several years; in January 2006, she became the Special Papers editor. She has held various national posts, including chair of the Development and Structure Section of the Botanical Society of America, secretary of the society and council representative.

The Botanical Society of America, one of the world’s largest societies devoted to the study of plants and allied organisms, was formally established in 1906. It is a scientific and educational organization devoted to the fundamental study of the form, function, development, diversity, evolution and uses of plants and their interactions within the biosphere.

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