BSA Presidential Address 2009

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Slides accompanying my address as President of the Botanical Society of America at Botany & Mycology 2009.

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BSA Presidential Address 2009

  1. 1. LDS: Botany in 2009<br />
  2. 2. Snowbird<br />Utah<br />Church of Jesus Christ of Latter<br />Day<br />Saints<br />www.istockphoto.com<br />www.thisistheplace.org<br />
  3. 3. Snowbird<br />Utah<br />
  4. 4. www.istockphoto.com<br />
  5. 5. Mycology<br />Fungi<br />Claviceps<br />www.fungi4schools.net<br />
  6. 6. members.tripod.com/lysergia_2<br />
  7. 7. www2.slac.stanford.edu<br />SLAC<br />Large<br />Detector<br />
  8. 8.
  9. 9. Long<br />Damn<br />Speech<br />
  10. 10. LDS: Botany in 2009<br />
  11. 11. 12 February 1809<br />upload.wikimedia.org<br />istockphoto.com<br />D<br />L<br />
  12. 12. 1859<br />darwinonline.org.uk<br />
  13. 13. 1862<br />1881<br />darwinonline.org.uk<br />
  14. 14. 1849<br />Patent number 6469<br />
  15. 15. 1863<br />National Academy of Sciences<br />“to investigate, examine, experiment and report upon any subject of science or art”<br />
  16. 16.
  17. 17. 1609<br />Galileo<br />http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/323/5912/326<br />
  18. 18. 1859:<br />1759:<br />1209:<br />جامعةالقرويي<br />University of al-Qarawiyyin<br />759:<br />
  19. 19.
  20. 20. Climate change<br />Biodiversity loss<br />Emerging diseases<br />Personal genomics<br />Nanotechnology<br />
  21. 21. Scientific literacy<br />“[T]he knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity.”<br />National Science Education Standards: http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses<br />
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  24. 24. 1959: C. P. Snow<br />The Two Cultures<br />“Literary intellectuals at one pole—at the other scientists…Between the two a gulf of mutual incomprehension….”<br />www.age-of-the-sage.org<br />
  25. 25. Is it “their” problem?<br />
  26. 26. Is it “their” problem?<br />
  27. 27.
  28. 28. 1959: C. P. Snow<br />The Two Cultures<br />“Literary intellectuals at one pole—at the other scientists…Between the two a gulf of mutual incomprehension—sometimes hostility.”<br />www.age-of-the-sage.org<br />
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  30. 30. Mutual incomprehension<br />Educate<br />
  31. 31. Science knowledge<br />
  32. 32. Educate<br />
  33. 33. Mutual incomprehension<br />Educate<br />Engage<br />
  34. 34. Engage<br />
  35. 35. Engage<br />
  36. 36. Is it “their” problem?<br />
  37. 37. 1759<br />Wedgewood China<br />© BrokenSphere/ Wikimedia Commons<br />
  38. 38. 2009<br />“If the modern operators of Wedgwood…had shown a tenth of Josiah’s intuitive grasp, his flair, his zest for selling, it would not now be dying.” <br />Judith Flanders, New York Times, 9 January 2009<br />
  39. 39. Mutual incomprehension<br />Educate<br />Engage<br />
  40. 40. Mutual incomprehension<br />Educate<br />Engage<br />Listen<br />
  41. 41. Logos: the argument itself<br />Ethos: the character of the speaker <br />istockphoto.com<br />
  42. 42. www.nasa.gov/topics/history/features/cronkite_gallery.html<br />
  43. 43. Logos: the argument itself<br />Ethos: the character of the speaker <br />Pathos: the emotions of the listener<br />istockphoto.com<br />
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  45. 45. veimages.gsfc.nasa.gov<br />
  46. 46. Global climate change<br />Biodiversity loss<br />Emerging diseases<br />Personal genomics<br />Nanotechnology<br />
  47. 47. The world needs science<br />and scientists!<br />

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