Science Seminar: A Look at Plant-Human Relationships

All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to a Science Seminar Friday, November 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CE Theater on the Annandale Campus. NOVA Biology Professor Lisa Williams will discuss “Who Loves You Baby? A Brief Look at Plant-Human Relationships.” Light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the speaker will be from 11:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. in the CE Lower Gallery.

Williams’ presentation will focus on the long-term relationships that humans have had with plants. She will discuss the four plants Michael Pollan mentioned in his book, “The Botany of Desire.” Building on his plants-eye-view of the world, Williams will describe other plants that we find especially attractive, such as those that have or represent beauty, control, intoxication, nourishment and sweetness.

Williams teaches botany, general biology and anatomy and physiology at NOVA. She earned an undergraduate degree in biology and a master’s degree in botany from George Mason University. She is currently completing a master’s degree in science education through Montana State University. Williams worked in private industry for 17 years, first as a toxicology technician for Hazleton Labs in Vienna, Virginia, and then as a biochemistry technician for Glen Research in Sterling, Virginia. After teaching at NOVA’s Loudoun and Woodbridge campuses, she joined the Annandale Campus full-time in Fall 2008.

This event is presented by the Science Seminar Committee; Math, Science and Engineering Division and the Lyceum, Annandale Campus.

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