Vitaly Citovsky received the F1000 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award. Vitaly continues to be funded by NIH/NIGMS, NSF, USDA/NIFA, US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD), and US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). Vitaly joined the Editorial Board of PLOS ONE and he continues to serve on Editorial Boards of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (BBRC), F1000 Research, Virology, Plant Physiology, Frontiers in Plant-Microbe Interactions (Nature Publishing Group), Plant Signaling & Behavior, Communicative and Integrative Biology, and Gene Regulation and Systems Biology, and is a member of the Cell Biology section of Faculty 1000 Biology. Vitaly participated in the NSF Strategic Workshop On Plant Transformation & Genome Editing. Vitaly served on the Science and Technology Steering Committee for the BNL Board of Directors, the Graduate Council Fellowships and Awards Committee, the Departmental Awards Committee, and the Undergraduate Biology Curriculum Committee. Vitaly also has accepted a US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. H. Hak, for training.