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FSU’s Brosi, McCampbell Receive Awards at Ethnobotany/Economic Botany Conference

FSU’s Brosi, McCampbell Receive Awards at Ethnobotany/Economic Botany Conference
Michael McCampbell and Dr. Sunshine Brosi

Dr. Sunshine Brosi, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Frostburg State University, won the Charles B. Heiser, Jr., Mentor Award at the joint Society of Ethnobotany 37th annual and Society for Economic Botany 55th annual international conference held in Cherokee, N.C., in May. In addition, Michael McCampbell, who earned his master’s degree in applied ecology and conservation biology from FSU in May, won the Edmund H. Fulling Award for his presentation, “Seedling Establishment of American Chestnut, ‘Castanea dentata,’ in Pennsylvania.”

Other students who presented at the conference include Justin Bower, Sedia Ngofa, Juliana Hong, Laura Smith, Kerry Messick, Matt Tillett, Megan Carr, Mitch Hall, Gabe Echeverri and Ian Cheek.

The Student Committee initiated the Heiser mentor award in 2007 to recognize outstanding economic botanists who have substantially affected the training and professional development of economic botany and ethnobotany students. This award, chosen by current students, spotlights dedicated educators who foster the development of the field by example and through student mentoring. It acknowledges mentors who are experienced, knowledgeable, trustworthy friends, counselors and teachers.

The award was named in honor of Heiser, a distinguished professor emeritus of Indiana University, who is most known for his hallmark research on the origins of agriculture.

The Fulling award recognizes the best contributed oral paper at the annual meeting by a junior professional with a degree for no more than five years. It is the only prize given to student oral presentations at the conference.

The award is a certificate plus $500, and the paper is invited to be published in “Economic Botany,” subject to normal review.

The award honors the life and scientific pursuits of Fulling, a philanthropist who helped establish the modern concepts of economic botany and founded the journal “Economic Botany.”

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