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Rural Appalachia seminar visiting faculty members, February 18

Sir Peter Crane and Sewanee professor Jon Evans will speak with the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia seminar on Monday, Feb. 18 about interactions between the physical environment and human communities.

Peter Crane, Ph.D., has been Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Professor of Botany at Yale since 2009. His work focuses on the diversity of plant life:  its origin and fossil history, its current status, and its conservation and use. He is the coauthor of The Origin and Diversification of Land Plants and most recently Early Flowers and Angiosperm Evolution. His latest book, A Biography of Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot, will be published in March. From 1992 to 1999 he was director of the Field Museum in Chicago with overall responsibility for the museum’s scientific programs. During this time he established the Office of Environmental and Conservation Programs and the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change, which today make up the Division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo). In 1999 he was appointed director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, one of the largest and most influential botanical gardens in the world. There, along with other programs on conserving and understanding plant diversity, he worked on the initial establishment of the Millennium Seed Bank. He returned to the U.S. in 2006 as the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor at the University of Chicago.

Elected to The Royal Society in 1998, Crane was knighted in the United Kingdom in 2004 for services to horticulture and conservation. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He serves on the board of WWF-US, the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas, and several other organizations involved in the conservation of biodiversity.

As part of the 2012-13 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program, Dean Crane will speak on Ginkgo:  The History and Culture of the World’s Most Ancient Tree at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 in Convocation Hall.

Psychology 430: Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia is a new Spring 2013 course being taught collaboratively by Sewanee- and Yale-affiliated faculty and guest speakers. It is the latest development in a growing partnership between Sewanee and the Yale Child Study Center, Yale Medical School. Among the Center faculty is Linda Mayes, M.D. … Sewanee alumna … Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine … and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology at Sewanee.

For many years, Dr. Mayes has offered summer internships to Sewanee students. More recently, she initiated the Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program that affords Sewanee students the opportunity to spend a semester plus a summer at the Yale Child Study Center. This new course venture will offer students the combined expertise and energy of Sewanee faculty and visiting Yale-affiliated faculty and guest speakers. In addition to leading one or more course sessions, most of the visiting faculty and guest speakers will give a more public presentation open to the general community and have the opportunity to interact with various members of the Sewanee faculty and the broader community during their time in Sewanee. Thus, the course will also help to foster community-based collaborations among Sewanee and Yale faculty, University students, and local community organizations and partners.