Botany 2002 - Education/Outreach Forum - Registration available

Jeffrey M. Osborn josborn at
Thu May 23 12:00:34 EST 2002

Dear Plant Ed subscribers, 

Registration materials are now available for the BOTANY 2002 conference
("Botany in the Curriculum: Integrating Research and Teaching"), which
will be held from August 2-7 in Madison, Wisconsin 

A special FORUM focusing on botanical education and outreach will be
part of the conference.  On Saturday, August 3, the FORUM program will
include a Keynote Address by Dr. Neil Campbell titled "Botany Education
in our Schools and Colleges: An Optimistic Forecast," a variety of
timely and interesting sessions (interactive panels, roundtables,
breakouts), and a reception.  An array of exciting hands-on Workshops
are available on Sunday, August 4. 

Registration fees for the FORUM are very reasonable: only $45 for
professionals, and $25 for students and K-12 teachers.  Registration
options are also available for the full conference, for the scientific
meeting only, and for Workshops/Field Trips only. 

The FORUM is sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF),
Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), the Council on Undergraduate Research
(CUR), and the Deep Gene Research Coordination Network.  

Special opportunities are available for K-12 teachers, as well as
PKAL-Faculty 21 members. A summary write-up about the conference is
located below, and more information is available on the BOTANY 2002 web
site: ( 

We hope to see you in Madison. 


Jeffrey M. Osborn, Program Director
Botanical Society of America / Botany 2002    


BOTANY 2002 - "Botany in the Curriculum: Integrating Research and

The BOTANY 2002 conference will be held at the Pyle Conference Center on
the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus from August 2-7, 2002.  
This conference represents the annual meeting of five professional
societies, including the Botanical Society of America (BSA), the
American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT), the American Fern Society
(AFS), the Phycological Society of America (PSA), and the Canadian
Botanical Association / L'Association Botanique du Canada (CBA/ABC). 

In addition to the regular program, BOTANY 2002 will include a special
FORUM focusing on botanical education and outreach.  The FORUM will
begin on Friday evening, August 2, with early registration and a light
reception.  The main FORUM program will occur on Saturday, August 3. The
program will include a Keynote Address by textbook author Dr. Neil
Campbell titled "Botany Education in our Schools and Colleges: An
Optimistic Forecast," and an array of one-hour sessions.  Although some
informational sessions will be included, the program will primarily
include interactive panel and roundtable discussions as well as breakout
groups focusing on a range of topics.  Individual sessions will be
grouped within six topical themes, or 'threads,' that span the FORUM
program.  These include "Emphasizing Botany across the Curriculum,"
"Designing Investigative Laboratories," "Engaging Undergraduates in
Research," "Developing Effective Teaching and Mentoring Skills,"
"Supporting Effective Teaching and Learning," and "Reaching Out beyond
the Ivory Towers."

The FORUM is sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF),
Project Kaleidoscope, the Council on Undergraduate Research, and the
Deep Gene Research Coordination Network. 

On Sunday, August 4, sixteen hands-on workshops will be available as
two-hour, half-day, and full-day events.  This diversity will allow
attendees in participate in multiple workshops, and/or participate in
field trips. Two workshops are sponsored by the NSF and the Deep Gene
Network, and these are free to registrants.  All workshops are
first-come, first-served.

Twenty one field trips are planned as full-day, half-day, and multi-day
events, and these will visit a diverse set of sites and cover a broad
range of topics.  In addition, five local/companion tours will be
available during the conference. 

The Scientific Meeting will begin on Sunday evening with a Plenary
Lecture by Dr. Martin Apple, President of the Council of Scientific
Society Presidents, titled "Scientists' Obligations in the 21st
Century."  The Plenary Lecture will be followed by an All-Society Mixer.

The scientific sessions will begin on Monday morning, August 5, and
continue through Wednesday afternoon, August 7.  These will include
numerous contributed paper sessions, a conference-wide poster session,
and thirteen topical symposia, including the Plenary Symposium, titled
"Evolution: Highlighting Plants."   In addition, a BSA Special Lecture
will be presented by Dr. Peter Raven, Director of the Missouri Botanical
Garden, titled "Plants and People in the 21st Century."  The scientific
program will also include several other special addresses, including a
PSA Special Lecture by Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Society,
titled "Diving into the History and Possible Future of Plants in the
Sea," as well as the Economic Botany Luncheon Lecture by Dr. Hugh Iltis,
the BSA President-Elect's address by Dr. Scott Russell, and the ASPT
President-Elect's address by Dr. Lynn Clark.

Several registration options are available.  It's possible to register
for the full conference, the educational Forum only, or the Scientific
Meeting only.  Early registration fees are good through July 1 and then
fees increase until August 1, and then again for on-site registrations. 
Housing options include campus dormitories, conference centers, and hotels.

Please visit the conference web site for more information about
registration, full details about the educational and
scientific programs, and to read/search the more than 700 abstracts (

Jeffrey M. Osborn
Division of Science
Truman State University
100 E. Normal Street
Kirksville, MO 63501-4221, USA

Tele:  (660) 785-4017
Fax:  (660) 785-4045
E-mail:  josborn at


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