Summer 2001
Vol 18 No. 2

Celebrating 160 Years, and a Bright Future

Overcoming Years of Bitterness

New Arts & Sciences Dean

Kelly Jones Claims Miss Alabama

The Business of Jets

Picturing Samford's History

Choir Pleases Russian Audiences

Exciting Swiss Winter Escapade

A Conference for All Sports

Bulldogs To Spread Field, Rely on Defense

Other Stories

Samford Names Brad Creed to be Associate Provost

Samford Gets $100,000 FIPSE Grant for PBL Project with Maastricht

Faculty Compendium: Ross Article Cited in Microsoft Ruling; Bass Book Nominated for Pulitzer Prize

New Arts and Sciences Dean Samford ÔAnything But SleepyÕ: Chapman Davis

Davis Proudest of Hiring Strong Faculty

Teaching Aspect of Nursing Has Always Attracted New Dean

Baur Steps Down as Nursing Dean, Will Continue to Teach

John Carroll Brings Breadth of Legal Experience to Role as Cumberland Dean

Early Edmund D. Pellegrino Medal Honors Namesake, Secundy and Fletcher for Bioethics Contributions

Biology Students to Map Nature Conservancy Properties

Cumberland Professor Ware Writes the Book on Alternative Dispute Resolution

Samford ODK Celebrates 50th Year, Recognizes 50 Leaders with Impact

Samford hosts Alabama GovernorÕs School

Halbrooks Inaugurated as President of Colgate Rochester Crozer

Frank Stagg Library Adds Greatly to Samford Baptist Collection

Student Callers Raise More than $137,000 in Phonathon Effort

Issue Photo: SCIENCENTER

 

Biology Students to Map
Nature Conservancy Properties

Samford and the Alabama chapter of the Nature Conservancy have joined efforts to further conservation planning, environmental education and stewardship efforts throughout the state.

Beginning this fall, biology students in Samford's Geographical Information Systems [GIS] program will create maps of conservation sites around the state for use by the conservancy.

The maps will display topography, natural communities, rare species populations, soils, geology and other key components of natural areas. The data will enhance the conservancy’s capacity to gather and manage key biological and land information to guide conservation decision making.

"This is an exciting partnership for Samford and the conservancy," said Chris Oberholster, director of Conservation Planning and Stewardship for the Alabama chapter. "This project will provide Samford students hands-on training and experience in environmental management, GIS and conservation planning, while providing the conservancy with strategic information that is critical to our protection efforts."

The partnership is a win-win situation for both parties, said Samford biology professor Paul Blanchard, project coordinator.

"Samford students will have opportunities to confront real-world ecological and biological challenges through interaction with the conservancy’s holdings, which will act as living classrooms," said Blanchard.

Maps will be created for all 16 conservancy preserves in Alabama, including the high-priority Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Paint Rock River and Talladega Mountains, which have been deemed critical for protection.

"The first focus will be the conservancy’s properties in the Little Cahaba River area. The project will involve students in Samford's field zoology, plant taxonomy, biological sciences and GIS environmental courses.