Zachary Lippman

Old Westbury, CSHL snag chunky NSF grants

High-profile plant-genetics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and new-fangled teaching methods at SUNY-Old Westbury have earned National Science Foundation backing. The NSF announced this week that professors at SUNY-Old Westbury have been awarded $296,189 to explore new inquiry-based methods of chemistry instruction, while CSHL researchers have received a $4.6 million stipend to continue work on plant genomes, with new edible crops and increased yields as their ultimate goal. Specifically, the $4,616,755 grant will help fund…


Zach Lippman has big plans for agriculture

By GREGORY ZELLER // You say “tomato.” Zachary Lippman says “scientific breakthrough of global importance.” He doesn’t literally say it, of course. The associate professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is too professional a scientist to jump to such grandiose conclusions. But Lippman’s research on stem cell production in tomato plants has already produced supersized fruits. It’s already attracted the attention of commercial-scale breeders. And it appears to extend to other seed-bearing fruits and even…