The West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Sciences has announced its Spring 2010 Davis-Michael Seminar Series.

  • Thursday, Feb. 25: “Ecology of Mined WV Watersheds: From the Monongahela River to Tug Fork,” Todd Petty, associate professor of wildlife and fisheries resources
  • Thursday, March 4: “Carbon Sequestration in a Mine Soil Chronosequence: Temporal and Chemical Changes,” Louis McDonald, associate professor of soil science
  • Thursday, March 11: “Economic Impacts of Local Food Markets,” Cheryl Brown, associate professor of agricultural and natural resource economics
  • Thursday, March 18: “Flower Senescence: In Search of the Trigger,” Sven Verlinden, associate professor of horticulture
  • Thursday, March 25: “An Introduction to Social Science Research: Survey Research Techniques,” Harry Boone, associate professor of agricultural and extension education

The seminars will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in room 2001 Agricultural Sciences Building on WVU’s Evansdale Campus. Light refreshments will be served after the seminars, which are free and open to the public.

Seminar presenters are all recipients of the 2008-09 Davis-Michael Mid-Career Faculty Awards. The Davis-Michael Scholars Program recognizes mid-career faculty members who exemplify the highest potential for accomplishment in teaching, research and service. Recipients will serve a three-year term with the possibility of an additional renewal term of two years.

“We look for faculty members who not only meet the award requirements but also go above and beyond what we expected,” said Cameron Hackney, dean of the Davis College. “Although a small reward for their service, this award is intended to recognize their accomplishments.”

The Davis-Michael Scholars Program was created in 2001 thanks to one of the largest private gifts in WVU’s history, a $16.2 million bequest from Morgantown sisters Gladys Gwendolyn Davis and Vivian Davis Michael. The sisters hoped to improve the quality of veterinary care in West Virginia by supporting pre-veterinary education in WVU’s Davis College. It provides scholarships to students, professional development funds to faculty, and supports unique learning experiences for pre-professional students wishing to pursue veterinary and medical education.



CONTACT: David Welsh