Biology and agriculture gets personal with student



    Biology and Agriculture Week becomes more visible today, with the campus clubs’ booths on the Checkerboard Quad.

    Departments within biology and agriculture have had informational booths in front of the Harold B. Lee Library all week, but the club booths offer more than just information.

    According to tradition, the agronomy and horticulture booth will be giving carnations to those who can putt a hole in one on their green.

    Dan Tano, 25, a senior from Roseburg, Ore., majoring in agronomy, said agronomy majors work with turf like on golf courses and sports arenas, and they also work with carnations. But Tano said that is not all they do.

    “(Agronomy and Horticulture) is environmental science to flowers,” Tano said. “Trees and chemical waste … It’s got it all.”

    The agronomy and horticulture club will also have displays on forestry and the best way to prune trees.

    Included in Biology and Agriculture Week is the Friday symposium, “The Biological Impact of the Changing Environment.” James A. MacMahon, dean of the College of Science at Utah State University; David Tilman, McKnight University Professor and director of Cedar Creek Natural History Area at the University of Minnesota; and H. Ron Pulliam, professor in the Institute of Ecology at the University of Georgia will be the guests at the symposium.

    The symposium will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium.

    Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Student Research Poster contest will be judged.

    Larry Ford, 22, a junior majoring in microbiology from Irvine, Calif., said the posters in the contest deal with such topics as North African mussels, Utah fishes, soil composition and DNA sequences in crayfish.

    The posters can be seen on the fourth floor of the John A. Widtsoe Building until the judging is complete.

    Thursday evening there will be a panel discussion in the JSB Auditorium. The discussion on “Biological Consequences of Wilderness Development” will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    The Wildlife and Range Club is having a wild game dinner on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Ellsworth Center. The only activity of Biology and Agriculture Week that isn’t free, the Wildlife and Range Club requests a donation of $6 for individuals and $20 for families.

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