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Grab that Research Baton and Teach: Bessey Award Winners

Hazelwood, Donna [1], Baker, Stokes [2].

Scholarship and education pioneers Charles Edwin Bessey, the Bessey Teaching Award and the first awardee, Samuel N Postelthwait .

Born in Minton, Ohio, 1 May 1845, Charles Edwin Bessey entered Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) in July 1886. He originally planned to return to Ohio as a civil engineer or surveyor, and had to be persuaded to specialize in botany. After college, his first position was as assistantship at MAC that placed him in charge of the greenhouses, he taught at Iowa State College of Agriculture at Ames, IA, worked with Asa Gray at Harvard, later obtained a Master's Degree from MAC, and was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He taught at and served as Dean of the University of Nebraska Agricultural College and as chancellor of the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Along the way he was invited to share his views on problems in agricultural education and to provide solutions. After lecturing for a year he was well on his way as a power figure in botany and education. Among his many honors, he was a charter member of the BSA and served as the President in 1895. He was elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and became its President in 1911. He revolutionized the teaching of botany, and wrote influential text books. The Charles Edwin Bessey Teaching Award, given by the BSA, honors teachers who exhibit outstanding scholarship and commitment to teaching. The first award, in 1989, was to Samuel Noel Postethwait, who opened the door to multimedia presentations with the "Audio Tutorial Method." The Teaching Section of the BSA is reactivating the Postelthwait award honoring both remarkable scientists and educators.

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1 - DAKOTA STATE UNIV, COLL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, Science Center, 820 N. Washington Ave, MADISON, SD, 57042, USA
2 - University of Detroit Mercy, Biology Department, 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI, 48221

Keywords:
Bessey Teaching Award
Charles Edwin Bessey
Samuel N. Postelthwait
teaching.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY10
Location: Lenox Room/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: SY10001
Abstract ID:713


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