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CSU, Chico to Host Botany 2006—The Centennial Celebration of the Botanical Society of America

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An anticipated 1,000 scientists and students from around the country will visit Chico for Botany 2006, the joint annual meeting of the Botanical Society of America (BSA), the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT), the American Fern Society (AFS), and the American Bryological and Lichenological Society (ABLS).

Botany 2006 has special significance as it will be the 100th anniversary celebration of the Botanical Society of America. The conference will be hosted on the Chico State campus, July 28 - August 3, 2006.

 The meeting will include a full schedule of more than 850 scientific presentations, papers, posters, lectures, symposia, and workshops from prominent botanists whose contributions have shaped and advanced the varied fields of plant biology. Also included on the schedule will be a full slate of field trips which will demonstrate the unique botanical nature of Northern California.

The full conference begins July 31 with, “The Lessons of History: A Historian Reflects on 100 years of American Botany,” a plenary presentation by Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis, professor of zoology and history, University of Florida.

On August 2, Peter Raven, former Home Secretary of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and President of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Edward Schneider, BSA President and CEO of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, will host a special awards ceremony to honor more than 100 scientists who have contributed significantly to the advancement of plant biology and the Society.

The 5th Educational and Outreach Forum, for teachers and professors involved in the teaching of biology and plant science will take place July 29-30. The Forum will include interactive sessions, and a keynote lecture, by Roger Hangarter, biology professor, Indiana University. Hangarter is internationally recognized for his scholarly work and his strong record of public outreach, sharing his passion for plants with community groups, children, teachers, and museums throughout the country. His talk is titled “Communicating an Awareness of Plants through Science and Art.”

CSU, Chico is happy to host this important academic conference. For a few days this summer Chico will be the place to be if you are a botanist. It’s a great opportunity for local teachers to meet the researchers in the field, for our professors to network with colleagues, and for Chico to welcome hundreds of guests to our city and the North State,” commented Professor Kristina Schierenbeck, CSU, Chico, Department of Biological Sciences, Herbarium Director.

CSU, Chico Continuing Education is coordinating the local arrangements for the Botanical Society of America. For more information please visit