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National Science Foundation ADVANCE Distinguished Visiting Scholar to speak at UWF

Dr. Mary Silver, professor emeritus at the University of California-Santa Cruz, will speak at the University of West Florida (UWF) on Friday, Oct. 19 at 12 p.m. as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) UWF ADVANCE Distinguished Visiting Scholars series.

Silver will present a public lecture, entitled “Natural Toxins in the Sea: Ancient Hazards for Humans,” in Building 58A, Room 105. Dr. Silver has been responsible for fundamentally changing our understanding of several key aspects of biological oceanography, including the study of harmful algal blooms and the development of molecular techniques to study marine phytoplankton.

The public lecture is sponsored by NSF UWF ADVANCE Program, the President’s Office, the Provost’s Office, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Applied Psychology and the Department of Biology. The lecture be hosted by Dr. Jane Caffrey from the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation.

The primary mission of the UWF ADVANCE program is to adapt a university-wide, systemic and sustainable approach for advancing faculty women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The program’s goals include fostering a supportive and inclusive climate for faculty success; establishing recruitment and retention policies and procedures to enhance diversity of the faculty; and providing professional development and advancement of opportunities to build positive psychological capital of women faculty. ADVANCE hosts events for women faculty throughout the year, including the Distinguished Visiting Scholar series, luncheons and development workshops.

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