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FSU’s Sunshine Brosi Selected for 2011 BEN Scholars

Frostburg State University ethnobotany professor Dr. Sunshine Brosi has been selected to the 2011 BEN Scholars. The BEN Collaborative was established in 1999 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science with 11 other professional societies and coalitions.

The goal of the BEN Scholars Program is to promote the use of digital library resources and student-centered teaching and learning methods in higher education, specifically in biological sciences lecture and laboratory courses, and in research training programs. BEN Scholars are leaders in biological sciences teaching and learning, with a passion for improving undergraduate education. They conduct outreach activities for biological sciences faculty on their campuses, throughout their region and nationally through professional societies.

Brosi received a BA from Warren Wilson College, an MS from The University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. At FSU she teaches Introduction to Ethnobotany, Dendrology and Plant Taxonomy. Over the years Brosi has worked for several organizations that strive to improve the environment, including the Tree Improvement Program, the Department of Forestry and the Nature Conservancy. Some of her research interests include ethnobotany in Appalachian and other cultures and economic and environmental sustainability of non-timber forest products.

FSU’s Ethnobotany program is an interdisciplinary major that allows students to integrate science and culture as a way of understanding human reliance on plants and the environment. The Ethnobotany program is one of only two programs in the United States with an undergraduate major and minor the cultural uses of plants.

For more information on the program, contact Brosi at 301-687-4213 or

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