Faculty Forum to Feature Botany Professor’s “Last Lecture”

OGDEN, Utah – Do scientific biases sell plants short? Do these biases give rise to misunderstandings about how nature works?

Botany professor and department chair Eugene Bozniak will attempt to set the record straight when he presents “Biological Truths, Falsehoods and Consequences” as WSU’s fourth annual Last Lecture, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. in Wattis Business Building Smith Lecture Hall. Bozniak will use a discussion of biological world record holders as a springboard to discuss scientific biases. His presentation will draw on themes and concepts that he has been sharing with students in his botany courses for nearly four decades.

The Last Lecture Series showcases and honors the work of outstanding WSU professors.  Each year WSU’s Teaching & Learning Forum accepts nominations for professors that inspire, entertain or challenge their students.  One professor is chosen and honored with the distinction of giving the lecture of a lifetime—the lecture he would give if he could never lecture again.

Bozniak’s lecture will kick off the fourth annual Faculty Forum at WSU, an event that offers faculty the opportunity to share their research and scholarship with students, colleagues and the public. This year’s forum features 24 presentations on a wide variety of topics by more than 30 faculty representing disciplines from across campus.

“It’s wonderful for our students to see faculty as active researchers, bringing discoveries and new-found knowledge into the classroom,” said associate professor of teacher education Fran Butler, chair of the Teaching, Learning & Assessment (TLA) Committee. The forum is organized by the TLA and Faculty Senate Research, Scholarship & Professional Growth committees to recognize faculty scholarship on campus.

“We want the community to come and take part in this event,” said Butler. “There is a lot of great research being done by our faculty that all too often goes unnoticed.”

Both the lecture and forum are free to the public. The forum, featuring oral and poster presentations, will run from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Wattis Business Building. Oral presentations will be held simultaneously at 2 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in rooms 114 to 122 of the Wattis Business Building. A final faculty presentation will be given when Tom Priest performs a bassoon recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts Allred Theater.

Bozniak joined the faculty at WSU in 1969. His professional mission has been to give plants the recognition they deserve, while addressing the consequences of ignoring the role plants play in nature.

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Eugene Bozniak, botany professor
801-626-6176 • ebozniak@weber.edu

Fran Butler, chair, Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee
801-626-7658 • fbutler@weber.edu

John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7212 • jkowalewski@weber.edu