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Address of the BSA President-Elect - Dr. Judith Skog

Skog, Judith E. [1].

The A.R.O.M.A. of Botany.

In 1956, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the society, Harry J. Fuller wrote an article entitled “The Odor of Botany”. The article begins with a quote from a letter he received from a National Academy of Sciences member stating “Botany is in bad odor in American universities. I am mad about plants and would never wish to be anything else but a botanist. If anything could stop me, however, it would be ….the average general botany course.” Fuller comments that this note caused doubts about the progress made in botanical science over the 50 years of the society’s existence and he asks “Has the teaching of general botany during this last half-century really shown progress, or only an illusion of progress, or a confusion of progress with change?” He ends with an admonition that to make botany more fragrant over the next 50 years will be one of the most fruitful tasks for botanists. Have we done so? In July 2009, the American Association for the Advancement of Science convened a large meeting on “Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: a call to action”. As the report from that meeting takes shape, there are some familiar themes for progress in undergraduate education and some real challenges that will allow us to think about not the odor of botany, but the A.R.O.M.A. of botany and its infusion across all of biology.

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1 - George Mason University, Department of Environmental Science and Policy 5F2, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030, USA

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Presentation Type: Special Presentation
Session: S6
Location: Rotunda/Convention Center
Date: Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
Time: 8:00 PM
Number: S6001
Abstract ID:61

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