UGA Odum School of Ecology to host symposium memorializing past director Frank B. Golley

UGA Odum School of Ecology to host symposium memorializing past director Frank B. Golley

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology will host a symposium memorializing past director Frank B. Golley, Oct. 5-6 at the Odum School. The event is open to the public and tickets are $15.

The Symposium will kick off with a Philosopher’s Walk at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 from the Golley home to the Odum School. An outdoor reception will follow in the ecology courtyard. Saturday’s events include a light breakfast at 9:30 a.m. followed by a panel discussion, luncheon and slide show. The panel discussion will highlight many different aspects of Golley’s career, including environmental literacy, tropical ecology and international reach.

Golley’s career spanned over four decades at UGA and included directing the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory from 1962-1967 and the former Institute of Ecology from 1984-1987. Golley was instrumental in the design of the ecology building and worked to ensure that it created an environment of openness between faculty, staff and students.

“At the end of Frank Golley’s chapter about the development and history of the Institute of Ecology in Holistic Science, Frank laid out a vision for our academic unit: a group of scholars and students working on a variety of projects, jointly using resources, and creating a new theory of ecological relationships that would transform the way we managed our environment,” said Odum School Dean John Gittleman. “The new School of Ecology is doing just this and because of Frank Golley’s true vision.”

Becky Sharitz of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and The International Association for Ecology will moderate the panel discussion which will include alumna Liz Blood of the National Science Foundation; Betty Jean Craige, director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts; Carl Jordan, Odum School faculty member; alumnus John Leffler, Ferrum College professor and alumnus Vince Nabholz of the Environmental Protection Agency.

To register for the event or for more information, visit http://www.ecology.uga.edu/news/symposia/golleysymposium.htm.

With roots that date back to the 1950s, the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a certification program. Founder Eugene P. Odum is recognized internationally as a pioneer of ecosystem ecology. The school is ranked eighth by U.S. News and World Report for its graduate program. The Odum School is the first standalone school of ecology in the world. For more information, visit http://www.ecology.uga.edu.