The 49th Annual Meeting of
the Society for Economic Botany will be held at Duke University in Durham, NC,
June 1-5, 2008. The meeting is sponsored by the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the North
Carolina Botanical Garden, and the J. C. Raulston Arboretum. Members of the local
arrangements committee are Richard A. White, Peter White, Denny Werner, Robert
Healy, and Mary Eubanks is the local arrangements chair.
Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh are located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina
at three corners of an area known as the Triangle. The Triangle is world-renowned
as a home of higher education, extraordinary hospitals, medical research, and
technology. Each community has its own unique flavor and pace of life that contributes
to the area's ranking as one of the best places to live in the United States.
The meeting will be hosted by three botanical gardens at the Triangle's major
universities - Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
and North Carolina State University.
The lead host institution will be
Duke University where most of the activities will be held. Duke University currently
enrolls 6,300 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate students representing almost every
state and 75 foreign countries. The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, a premier public garden
on 55 acres in the heart of the Duke University campus, is renowned for landscape
design. Ellen Shipman, a pioneer in American landscape design, planned and directed
the garden's construction. It is considered Shipman's greatest work and is recognized
as a national architectural treasure. The Sarah P. Duke Gardens include the terraces,
H. L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants representing the flora of the southeastern
United States, and the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum. The opening reception on Sunday
night and the Distinguished Economic Botanist dinner will be held in the Sarah
Duke Gardens' Doris Duke Center.
The North Carolina Botanical Garden at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a leader in southeastern native
plant conservation and education. Included in its collections and displays of
7,000 accessions (2,200 species) are natural habitat gardens, an acclaimed collection
of carnivorous plants, as well as culinary, economic, medicinal, and poisonous
plants, and a Native American garden. Peter White, Director of the North Carolina
Botanical Garden, will host an evening event in the garden and lead a field trip
to the Green Swamp.
The J. C. Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State
University in Raleigh is a nationally acclaimed garden with the most diverse collection
of cold hardy temperate zone plants in the southeastern United States. The 8-acre
arboretum is a research and teaching garden with over 5,000 taxa from 50 countries.
Denny Werner, Director of the Raulston Arboretum will host the barbecue in the
arboretum and lead a field trip to White Pines Nature Preserve in Chatham County.
Registration - On-line conference registration and payment over
a secure web site is through Duke University Conference Services, which will also
process mailed or faxed registrations. We can accept American Express, Discover
Card, Master Card, Visa, cash, check, IRI, and institutional purchase orders.
Contact Conference Services point for questions regarding events and/or registrations
(ConfServ@notes.duke.edu; phone 919-660-1760, Fax: 919-660-1769).
- Campus Accomodations reservations are now closed.
rooms in Randolph Residence Hall, one of the new, air-conditioned residence halls
on Duke University's East Campus, are $41.10 for a double and $48.30 for a single
per night. This includes a linen pack with pillow, 2 sheets, a blanket, 4 towels
and 4 washcloths, and a hot breakfast at the Marketplace. Brodie gym on East Campus
has an indoor swimming pool, indoor track, basketball courts, aerobics studio,
weight training and ping-pong areas, plus a multi-purpose room. Access to these
recreational facilities is available for a weekly charge of $35 at the gym. There
are many excellent eateries and shops in the 9th Street district within 2 blocks
walking distance, and a Whole Foods Market is across the street. Ninth Street
is a pedestrian-friendly shopping neighborhood that offers an exceptional blend
of locally owned specialty shops (www.ninthst.com).
official conference hotel is the Millennium
Hotel near the Duke University campus. It is a full service hotel with restaurants,
bar, heated indoor pool, sundeck and whirlpool, fitness center, close proximity
to jogging trails, high-speed internet access, and fully-equipped business center.
Millennium Hotel (2800 Campus Walk, Durham, NC 27705; Phone: 919-383-8575; www.millenniumhotels.com)
is a full-service hotel that is relatively convenient to the Duke campus and offers
shuttle service to and from campus and other places within 5 miles of the hotel
for a one-time auxiliary fee.
The SEB conference
rate is $119 per night plus tax and a $4 auxiliary fee. The meeting rate extends
from the period three days before through three days after the Meeting Dates.
Book reservations on-line or call 1-800-633-5379. The cut-off date for the conference
rate is May 2, 2008.
and from RDU airport is available upon request through the Hotel Transportation
Department or via the Hotel Courtesy phone at baggage claim. Roundtrip is $48.
The Hotel provides complimentary shuttle van service to
and from meeting events at Duke University.
provides Complimentary parking.
Durham is easily
accessible by car from points north and south by Interstate 85, and from points
east and west by Interstate 40. All major airlines fly into the Raleigh-Durham
International Airport (RDU). There is also an Amtrak station in Durham.
for parking on the Duke University East Campus, including the Sarah P. Duke Gardens,
Exhibit booth space, which includes a
6-ft long table, will be available in the foyer and downstairs area of the East
Union where attendees will eat lunch and the poster sessions will be held. The
corporate rate for the 3-day conference is $1,000.00 and the non-profit rate is
$300. Space rental includes a parking pass for East Campus. Setup begins at 8:30
AM Monday June 2 and takedown is by 5 PM on Wednesday June 4. Exhibitors/vendors
are encouraged to make reservations early because space is limited. Spaces will
be assigned on a first come first serve basis beginning with the prime foyer area.
Reservations can be made through Duke Conference Services via the link on the
meeting web page.
Symposium: Building a Legacy of Botanical Education
and Traditional Knowledge
The featured symposium, "Building a Legacy
of Botanical Education and Traditional Knowledge," will bring together scientists
and educators to reflect on the current era when the teaching of basic botany
and plant sciences is rapidly declining in American universities. We will consider
this in the context of economic botany, which encompasses all dimensions of human
uses of plants in the past, present, and future, and by its very nature, intersects
the intellectual boundaries of a myriad of disciplines in the natural and social
sciences. Many universities have associated botanical gardens that can serve as
living laboratories where people can connect with nature and learn to appreciate
the power and importance of plants in their lives - for their physical, mental,
and spiritual well-being, as well as for the health and survival of our planet.
One focus of this symposium will be to recognize botanical gardens as a valuable
educational resource where plant collections, botanical education, plant exploration,
and traditional knowledge can be interwoven to create new, relevant, and exciting
interdisciplinary undergraduate programs.
Symposium speakers will put
the role of gardens in botanical education and conservation into historical perspective,
focus on the diverse roles gardens currently play in botanical education, and
propose ways gardens can become more involved in classes and programs to preserve
the future of botanical knowledge, as well as improve communication about the
importance of plants in all aspects of human activities to audiences ranging from
university and K-12 students to life-long learners. Economic botany and ethnobotany
underscore the relevance and vital nature of plants in the full scope of past,
present, and future human activities. The subject is thus a good fit for innovative
curricula and programs in 21st century education that emphasize interdisciplinary
approaches to education. We will highlight how economic botany at the interface
of human-plant interactions offers opportunity for new directions and greater
versatility in botanical teaching and research.
The morning format will
include a keynote presentation by Dr. Peter Raven, President of the Missouri Botanical
Garden and Engelmaan Professor of Botany at Washington University. Dr. Raven is
a renowned botanist and conservationist whose leadership has made the Missouri
Botanical Garden one of the world's leading centers of plant conservation. Dr.
Raven, has authored over 400 articles and 16 books, including the leading botany
textbook Biology of Plants, which has been published in five languages. Dr. Raven,
who has served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the President's
Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology, and Chairman of the National
Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration. In 1999, Time magazine
recognized Dr. Raven as one of its "Heroes of the Planet" who has done
extraordinary things to preserve and protect the environment. Dr. Raven's address
will be followed by Dr. Michael Balick, New York Botanical Garden Vice President
and Chair of Botanical Science Research and Training. Dr. Balick will talk about
how he has employed urban ethnobotany to develop innovative teaching methods that
give students first-hand ethnobotanical field experience in New York City. Dr.
Robert Bye, Director Emeritus of the Botanical Garden of the Institute of Biology
of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and his collaborator Dr. Edelmira
Linares will then provide an international perspective on botanical education.
Dr. Bye's and Dr. Linares' educational programs and work with indigenous communities
are an exemplar of how botanical gardens with their academic resources and conservation
commitments can combine education, research, and community outreach to enhance
in situ conservation and revitalize the indigenous knowledge base of native plant
use. The morning session will conclude with a presentation by University of Hawaii
Professor of Botany Will McClatchey. Dr. McClatchey has been instrumental in establishing
the first BS degree offered in Ethnobotany in the United States. Dr. McClatchey
will elaborate on the University of Hawaii's NSF-sponsored innovative "Segues
to Science" initiative for enhancing undergraduate science education.
the conclusion of the morning presentations the speakers will form a panel to
address questions from the audience and facilitate discussion. There will be opportunity
for members of the audience to further engage in small group dialogue at luncheon
round tables led by symposium participants. The afternoon session focus will be
on teaching courses in economic botany and ethnobotany, and it will be led by
Dr. Gail Wagner. Five to six people who teach courses will make a 15 minute presentation
of their course syllabi as a backdrop for engaging the audience in feed-back and
discussion about teaching.
Contributed papers and poster sessions will be
on Tuesday June 3 and Wednesday June 4. The formal proceedings will conclude on
June 4 with a dinner at the Doris Duke Center when the 2008 Distinguished Economic
Botanist Award will be presented to Drs. Brent and Elois Ann Berlin for their
acclaimed work on the medicinal plants of the highland Chiapas Mayan Indians.
Dr. Brent Berlin is Graham Perdue Professor of Anthropology and Director of the
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Georgia.
Since 1999, Dr. Berlin has led a multidisciplinary group of scientists on a long-term
project conducting comprehensive medical botany, ethnoecology, and conservation
biology research in on of the world's most biologically diverse regions. Dr. Elois
Ann Berlin, who is Associate Professor Emerita and Co-Director of the University
of Georgia's Laboratories of Ethnobiology, studies the traditional medical beliefs
and practices of the highland Maya. The Berlins were instrumental in founding
the Latin American Ethnobotanical Garden at the University of Georgia, an interdisciplinary
and collaborative effort that grew out of the partnership between the University
of Georgia and El Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Chiapas. The purpose of the garden
is to highlight the plants of cultural significance in Latin America and focus
on attention on the critical need for conservation. The project emphasizes the
study of ethnobotany through a variety of related disciplines including anthropology,
botany, horticulture, ecology, pharmacology, biochemistry and conservation biology.
The major emphasis of the garden is the medicinal plants of the Tzeltal and Tzoztil
Maya of Highland Chiapas. The garden is also involved in developing sister garden
projects in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Argentina. These sister garden projects encourage
the preservation of ethnobotanical knowledge in the respective countries and provide
technical assistance with the establishment and maintenance of ethnobotanical
gardens. The Berlins will present an after dinner lecture on their work in Chiapas.
The Society for Economic Botany encourages student participation in the scientific
program and awards for the best student paper and best student poster are also
presented at the dinner.
Round Table Lunches
Two days of contributed
papers and poster sessions on June 3 and 4 will follow the daylong symposium.
Lunch is included with registration and will be served each day at the Marketplace,
which serves fresh, seasonal produce and dairy products from local farmers with
emphasis on organic and sustainable farming practices. The dining room has 15
round tables that seat up to 8 people. If anyone would like to lead a round table
discussion on a particular topic, please contact Mary Eubanks (email@example.com)
to make arrangements.
PRE-MEETING FIELD TRIPS
Diversity in the Land of the Cherokee; May 29-June 1
Organizer: Dr. Karen
C. Hall, 864-656-4859 Office; 864-656-3304 Fax; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost per participant: $375.00 person
Meet in Asheville, NC
for a 3-day field trip that starts with a drive to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest,
an old growth 13,000-acre forest in the Southern Appalachians on May 30. This
amazing forest has 450-year-old trees with a circumference greater than 20 feet.
We'll spend the day talking about the cultural influences that made this forest
what it is along with the unique and diverse flora of the region. After the day
in Joyce Kilmer, drive to Cherokee for a Cherokee foods picnic dinner followed
by a visit to the casino in the evening. The second day of the field trip will
take us to Oconaluftee Indian Village, a replica of life as a Cherokee person
in the 18th century. The tour will be led by Cherokee people who will discuss
and demonstrate various aspects of Cherokee life including spirituality, medicine,
basketry, hunting, and governance,. After a brief picnic on the mountain, we'll
visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Both exhibits have benefited recently
from a cultural revitalization movement. In the evening, sit back and enjoy a
Cherokee storyteller at dinner. On the third morning, visit 'Talking Trees', part
of a Cherokee language interpretive walk in the Oconaluftee Riverside Park, travel
by van to the SEB conference at Duke University.
May 29th - Participants
arrive at Asheville Regional airport and catch a shuttle to the motel (group rates
negotiated). A contact information sheet will be presented to each party arriving-participants
will be asked to check in with Karen Hall upon arrival.
May 30th - Vans
will pick participants up at 8:30 and drive to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Lunch
will be provided (Box lunches in vans) for this ~3 hour drive due to arrive around
lunchtime. Dr. Hall will present a walking tour of the park covering the biological/cultural
history including a theory of the big trees' size related to Native American influence.
After a tour of this area, we will drive back to Cherokee where we'll stay at
the Pioneer motel. Dinner will be a collective cookout (included) in the picnic
area associated with this motel on the banks of the Oconaluftee River. If folks
wish, we'll visit the casino this evening. In addition to the gambling, there
is a fine exhibit of Cherokee arts and crafts distributed throughout the attached
May 31st - Breakfast (on your own), then proceed on
to the Oconaluftee Indian Village (http://www.cherokee-nc.com/oconaluftee_intro.php).
This replica 18th century village is a guided walking tour through Cherokee history
and culture led by Cherokee people. Following the tour, folks may either walk
back through the living exhibit and talk to Cherokee people or exit the tour and
walk through the Cherokee Gardens above the exhibit, designed by landscape architect
Doan Ogden, but incorporating many of the plants in use by the Cherokee. Box lunches
(included) will be provided at the picnic center slightly lower down this beautiful
mountain. Following lunch, visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian (www.cherokeemuseum.org),
associated gift shop and Qualla Arts and Crafts, an artists' cooperative. In the
evening, drive to dinner (included) at the Fryemont Inn and be treated to a presentation
by a Cherokee storyteller.
June 1st - In the morning, make a brief stop
at the Oconaluftee River Park. This park, situated in the middle of the River,
has a series of 'talking trees'. Names of trees can be heard spoken in Cherokee
and in English. After this, proceed to Duke University, stopping for lunch (on
your own) on the way.
Logistical Considerations - Hiking in Joyce Kilmer is
easy to moderate. The trail we'll be on is a 2-mile loop that allows us to see
the record popular and other old growth trees. Wheelchair accessibility not known.
The museum is wheelchair accessible. The Oconaluftee Indian village and Cherokee
Garden will have limited wheelchair accessibility. Participants should bring hiking
gear (appropriate shoes, backpack) and binoculars, hand lens, camera if desired.
Sunscreen and bug spray are appropriate and recommended for this time of year.
Water will be provided.
Land Use and Research History of the Duke Forest,
Sunday June 1, 2-5 PM
Organizer: Judson Edeburn, Duke Forest Resource Manager
Enrollment limit: 25
and raingear are recommended for short walks over gentle terrain.
person: $15.00, includes transportation, water and snacks
The 7,000 acre Duke
Forest has been managed for research and teaching purposes since 1931. The original
focus on forestry education and research has since expanded to include a broad
range of studies in the ecological and environmental sciences. In terms of size,
diversity, accessibility and accumulated long-term data, the Duke Forest is a
resource for studies related to forest ecosystems and the environment that is
unrivaled at few other locations. The field trip will focus on the forest's history,
agricultural legacy and research topics throughout the years. Current research
sites, including stream biogeochemistry, Forest Atmosphere Carbon dioxide Enrichment
(FACE) and wireless measurement of environmental change will be visited.
FIELD TRIPS ON THURSDAY JUNE 5
Tobacco: The Plant the Built Durham
(and Duke), June 5, 9AM-1PM
Organizer: Professor Robert Healy, Duke University
Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences; Phone: (919) 416-4563,
Enrollment limit: 22
Short walk, golf cart available
per person: $20
During the last quarter of the 19th century, Durham was
one of the fastest growing and most prosperous cities in the South. Its economy
was based on the growing, selling and manufacture of Carolina Gold, the mild,
flue cured tobacco characteristic of the North Carolina and Virginia Piedmont.
The most powerful of all the families associated with the tobacco industry was
the Dukes, who at one time controlled 90 percent of the U.S. cigarette market.
This tour drives through Durham's old downtown, where the now closed tobacco factories
show new life as apartments and offices. We spend the morning at Duke Homestead,
a North Carolina Historic Site, which includes the Duke's 1870s tobacco farm and
a museum on the history of tobacco and the tobacco industry. Finish with a picnic
lunch at the Homestead.
SEEDS, Inc., June 5, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Brenda Brodie (Phone: 919-683-1197; Email:email@example.com)
Cost per person: $15
Come and see how a local nonprofit teaches gardening
and food practices.
Established in 1994 SEEDS' (SouthEastern Efforts Developing
Sustainable Spaces) mission is to teach people to care for the earth and each
other through garden- based programs. See permaculture and slow food principles
put into action. Meet staff, volunteers, and at-risk youth who grow flowers and
vegetables that are sold at Durham's Farmers' Market. Enjoy a lunch that is local
and seasonal. Be part of a place for people of all ages and backgrounds to gather,
learn and celebrate.
White Pines Nature Preserve, June 5, 8 AM-2:30 PM
Jesse Perry, Director of Public Programs for the North Carolina Museum of Natural
Sciences (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Dennis Werner
Enrollment limit: 18
needs: Hiking in moderately challenging terrain; bring cooler with bottled water;
no restroom facilities on site, will make rest stops in Pittsboro
person: $25, covers transportation only, does not include lunch
White Pines Nature Preserve is at the confluence of the Deep River and Rocky River
in Chatham County, North Carolina. It is home to federally endangered plant and
fish species and is the most biologically significant property of the Triangle
Land Conservancy. The preserve has several stands of white pines, a tree normally
found in the cooler climate of the mountains. Some are over 150 years old and
more than 30 inches in diameter. The forest is also host to the Catawba rhododendron,
200-year-old beech trees, many wild flowers, and 55 species of birds. It will
take one hour to drive from Duke to the site. We will stop for lunch in Pittsboro
and arrive back at Duke around 2:30.
Organic Farm Tour, June 5, 8:00
Organizers: Dr. Nancy Creamer, Director, North Carolina State
University Center for Environmental Farming Systems (919-515-9447, email@example.com)
and Debbie Roos, Chatham County Extension, (919-542-8202, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Special needs: personal gear as needed.
Cost per person: $40.00,
includes transportation and lunch
The tour includes stops at two farms
and a biofuels facility. The first stop will be at Peregrine Farms, a small 5-acre
farm that grows a wide variety of vegetables and flowers. Owners Alex and Betsy
Hitt were awarded the Patrick Madden national sustainable agriculture farmers
of the year award in 2006 representing the southern region. From Debbie Roos'
Growing Small Farms website
"When they began farming in 1981, the Hitts
cultivated five acres and set a goal of going smaller without sacrificing income.
Over the years, they have reduced acreage and labor by improving their soil with
cover crops, concentrating on high-value crops that grow well in the area, and
direct marketing through the Carrboro Farmers' Market and Weaver Street Market,
a cooperative grocery store. Each acre returns a minimum of $20,000 annually,
while four high-tunnel greenhouses bring in at least $1,000 per crop. The Hitts
embrace their small scale, growing 80 varieties of 23 vegetables along with 164
varieties of cut flowers on just three acres. Betsy, who concentrates on the flower
half of the farm, says Canterbury Bells and lisianthus draw the most customers
due to their clear bright colors and long vase life."
Next will be Harland's
Creek Farm (http://www.harlands-creek-farm.com, a certified organic farm located
four miles west of Pittsboro North Carolina. The Alston-Degraffenried House, a
national historic site, is on the farm (where we will eat a local, organic lunch).
Owner/operator Judy Lessler grows and sells flowers, produce, and herbs. In addition
the farm is available for weddings and other events. They sell their produce,
flowers, and herbs at the Durham Farmer's Market and the Moore Square Farmer's
Market in Raleigh NC. In addition, they have three CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture
groups) that provide produce or flowers on a subscription basis.
also visit the site of Piedmont Biofuels Industrial. Piedmont Biofuels' mission
is to lead the grassroots sustainability movement in North Carolina by using and
encouraging the use of clean, renewable biofuels. The organization offers a variety
of valuable services to the community: they produce and sell 100% biodiesel fuel
to members throughout the Triangle region. They also design and build biodiesel
reactors for clients across the U.S. Piedmont Biofuels' staffers created the biodiesel
program at the Pittsboro campus of Central Carolina Community College, where students
can learn about all aspects of biodiesel production. Piedmont Biofuels' staff
also travels around the country lecturing to groups interested in renewable energy.
In the fall of 2006, Piedmont Biofuels opened up their new commercial biodiesel
plant with the capacity to produce one million gallons of biodiesel. Their goal
is to be able to produce/collect feedstocks from within 100 miles of Pittsboro,
and to distribute the fuel out to that same 100 miles. Piedmont Biofuels Industrial
is one of the demonstration sites for a Pollinator Conservation and Biodiversity
project led by Chatham County extension agent Debbie Roos. We will see how the
Piedmont Biofuels lawn was replaced with mostly native plants that attract pollinators.
We will also hear about the area's thriving organic agriculture community from
Debbie, who has one national awards for her website (http://www.growingsmallfarms.org)
and her outreach and support of the producers.
Green Swamp Preserve,
June 5, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Trip Leaders: Peter White, Director North Carolina
Botanical Garden (919-962-0522; email@example.com) and Alan Weakley, UNC Herbarium
Enrollment limit: 25
Cost per person: $24
hike in gentle terrain.
This is an all day field trip to the very species
rich longleaf pine savannahs, pocosins, and other habitats of the North Carolina
coastal plain. The Nature Conservancy's Green Swamp Preserve presents some of
the finest examples of these habitats that remain anywhere in the Southeast. The
Preserve contains 14 species of carnivorous plants including a potential highlight
for any botanist's life: seeing the unique Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) in
POST-MEETING EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS
for Ethnobotanists, Thursday June 5, 9:30-11:30 AM
Organizer: Dr. Kim Bridges
Enrollment limit: 24
Dr. Kim Bridges,
Department of Botany, University of Hawaii, will lead this workshop in cooperation
with the Duke University Office of Information Technology in the OIT teaching
classroom. The workshop will be a hands-on experience with Google Earth. Demonstrations
and exercises start with the basic features of Google Earth and extend to a variety
of tasks that are helpful to ethnobotanists.
o Exploring Google Earth Basics:
Finding a place, altering the view, and obtaining the location and elevation
Recording and annotating research locations
o Sharing location information
across the Internet
o Capturing Google Earth for use in PowerPoint presentations
Linking a GPS to Google Earth: How to uploading and view Waypoints and Tracks
Measuring distances & areas
o Adding photographs to Google Earth: Welcome
o Adding data overlays: Loading maps from Google searches and
creating your own data overlays
o Using Google Earth without the Internet
o Traveling Google Earth in real-time with a GPS
o Tracking Google Earth in
the blogosphere: How to find out about new features and capabilities
Laboratory Activities, Thursday June 5, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Linda Lyons, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Montana Western
(Phone: 406-683-7075; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Enrollment limit: 21
The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity
to learn hands-on teaching techniques that can be coordinated directly into their
classrooms. Participants will have the option of rotating through interactive
teaching technique stations where they will leave the station with the ability,
and in some cases materials, to apply the technique in the classroom. For example,
one station might demonstrate how to use a talking book in the field with illiterate
children to introduce them to medicinal plants common in their area. The station
coordinator would then aid the group in assembling their own individual books,
so they understand how to employ the technique in their own educational setting.
Another station might show participants an interactive technique to introduce
the theory or Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) to their students.
Station coordinators will be competitively selected to present a technique that
would work with students from the K-12 to the graduate educational level. Criteria
for selection to present a station will be based on usefulness of technique to
given audience, applicability to ethnobotany, and feasibility to present and demonstrate
technique in 45 minutes. Participants will rotate through each of the 5 stations.
Each coordinator will have approximately 45 minutes with each group of participants
as they rotate throughout the stations. To learn more about this workshop or if
you are interested in being a station coordinator, please contact Dr. Lyons.