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UK Biologist Named President of Botanical Society of America

by Alicia P. Gregory

University of Kentucky biology professor Carol Baskin was named president of the Botanical Society of America for 1998. Baskin, who spent fall semester as a visiting scientist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden, will begin her duties as president in August 1998 at the annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. A society member since 1968, she served as secretary from 1980 to 1984 and program director from 1990 to 1996.

"I believe that all scientists benefit from being active in a professional organization, and the Botanical Society of America has been an important part of my life for many years," Baskin says. "The society has given me the opportunity to present my research to my peers, meet and get to know people in my field, and learn how to do many new things, such as organize a program for a large national meeting. I feel that being president is a way to say thank you for all the society has done for me."

Baskin has been a UK faculty member for 25 years and has done much of her work in collaboration with her husband, Jerry Baskin, who is also a professor with the Thomas Hunt Morgan School of Biological Sciences. "Jerry and I were married in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 12, 1968, and arrived at UK three days later," Baskin says. "In our research, we have been mainly concerned with the ecological life cycles of herbaceous plant species, including endemics, weeds and woodland herbs." Their collaborative work has resulted in more than 270 journal publications and a book titled Seed Dormancy and Germination: Ecology, Biogeography and Evolution.