Faculty in Focus: At 99, botanist’s love of lichens still going strong

first_imgBotanist William Weber examines a specimen under a microscope. Credit: W.A. Weber collection William Weber (seated, center) poses with the three lifetime achievement awards he won this summer. From left to right: Frank Bungartz, collections manager of lichens at Arizona State University, Doug Ladd, president of the American Bryological and Lichenological Society, daughter Heather Harris and CU Boulder’s Tim Hogan and Erin Tripp. Credit: Heidi Alina“Our strength is Colorado, but for Dr. Weber, the herbarium was only meaningful when put into a global context because plants and fungi get around the world,” she said. The current team at the CU Boulder herbarium includes Tripp, Hogan and Dina Clark, also a collections manager of botany. Today, Weber is fond of sharing stories about his globe-trotting adventures and his turn as Boris Kolenkhov, a Russian dancing master, in a local production of the play You Can’t Take It with You. In May, he also walked part of the BolderBOULDER using his walker, which carried a sign reading “100 years young. Still going strong.” Two species of lichen you may spot hiking in Colorado: Vulpicida pinastri (top) and Bryoria fuscescens (bottom). Credits: CC photo by Selso via Wikimedia Commons; CC photo by Jerzy Opioła via Wikimedia Commons Weber, who will turn 100 in November, is a botanist and a professor emeritus at CU Boulder. His namesake lichen, Lecanora weberi, grows on a rock in the community’s memorial garden. It’s a seafoam-colored species with specks of orange.The lichen is one of about 30 species named after Weber, who joined the CU Boulder faculty in 1946—first as a lecturer in biology and then as a curator in the Museum of Natural History. These “eponyms” include Saussurea weberi, a rare plant with purple flowers from Colorado, and Metzgeria weberi, a liverwort from New Guinea.They’re a testament to Weber’s decades of work spent scouring Colorado and far-flung locales, such as New Guinea and the Galápagos Islands, to find new flowering plants, mosses and lichens. Another testament to the almost-centenarian’s career are the three lifetime achievement awards in botany that he received this summer. They include the Acharius Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Lichenology from the International Association for Lichenology. The medal is the highest honor a scientist can receive for studying these strange organisms—in which fungi and single-celled algae or cyanobacteria work together to grow and thrive.  Erin Tripp, the current curator of botany at the Museum of Natural History, said that the awards are a well-deserved recognition for a decades-spanning career. Weber founded the museum’s herbarium collection, which today includes roughly 600,000 specimens—ranging from colorful lilies to forest mushrooms.“There are very few human beings that have had the kind of expertise that he has—not just in flowering plants, but in mosses and lichens, too,” said Tripp, also an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. “He’s done everything.”Weber, however, hasn’t let the honors go to his head. “I take these things in stride,” he said. “I knew how to grow paramecium and amoebas, and I was spouting Latin names when I was this little tiny thing,” Weber said from an easy chair in his Boulder apartment. As a child growing up in Manhattan, he rubbed shoulders with some of New York City’s most prominent naturalists. Famed botanist Elizabeth Gertrude Britton personally ejected Weber from a public garden after he tried to steal a leaf from a skunk cabbage for show-and-tell at his school.  He never lost that excitement for the natural world, said Tim Hogan, collections manager of botany at the Museum of Natural History. “He always had this little boy enthusiasm about plants,” said Hogan, who worked with Weber at the university. “He would tell you, ‘Come here and look at this.’”Still, when Weber arrived at CU Boulder, it was no place for an avid botanist. The university’s plant holdings at that time included fewer than 50,000 specimens. He convinced the then director of the museum to begin a real herbarium, which for years occupied half of an attic on campus, and set about collecting.  “I began to make a manuscript of the plants of the Flatirons, for example, then Boulder, County, then the state of Colorado and so on,” he said.Weber covered a lot of ground before he retired from CU Boulder in 1990. The scientist studied and collected flowering plants, mosses and lichens from every continent except Africa. He spent a year in Sweden, searched for plants in the mountains of Nepal and was the first researcher to make an exhaustive study of the lichens of the Galápagos. As a result, researchers from around the world now turn to the CU Boulder herbarium to study the evolution and ecology of plants and other organisms, Tripp said.  Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Daniel Strain • Published: Sept. 17, 2018 Banner image: William Weber, a professor emeritus at CU Boulder, has received three lifetime achievement awards for his research on lichens and mosses. (Credit: AC Violet, CU Boulder Libraries)William Weber claims a unique honor at his retirement community in Boulder: In the garden behind this complex is a species of lichen named after him.  From plants to lichensIn addition to the Acharius Medal, which was awarded in July, Weber was the first-ever recipient in August of two honors from the American Bryological and Lichenological Society. They were the Chicita Culberson Award for Lifetime Achievement in Lichenology and the Elizabeth Britton Award for Lifetime Achievement in Bryology—named after the same Elizabeth Britton who once kicked a young Weber out of a garden in New York.Weber said what he’s most proud of about CU Boulder’s herbarium collection—which like that lichen in his backyard, is now named after him—isn’t its size but its diversity. More than 40 percent of the specimens in the Museum of Natural History’s collection are mosses and lichens. They include Colorado species like the pale-footed horsehair lichen (Bryoria fuscescens), which grows like a ponytail on tree branches, and the powdered sunshine lichen (Vulpicida pinastri), which looks a bit like a small head of cabbage. Casual hikers might not take note of these growths, but Weber said that lichen lineages are likely hundreds of millions of years old. By studying where and how lichens grow, scientists can learn a lot about how continents and life moved across the globe. “I am proud of the fact that, unlike most herbaria that are [made up of] flowering plants, we have an excellent collection of fungi, lichens, algae,” Weber said. “That’s what I’m very proud to leave behind.” Categories:Faculty in FocusCampus Community Specimen of Saussurea weberi, a flowering plant named after William Weber. Credit: CU Museum of Natural History Herbarium William Weber (second from left) poses with other members of the Sialis Bird Club, a group he founded in New York City in the 1930s. Credit: W.A. Weber collectionColorado to the GalapagosHe’s had plenty of time to practice. The scientist was 5-years-old when his cousin, a naturalist himself, gave Weber his first microscope.last_img read more


Zero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas

first_imgRelatedZero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Police have said they will be taking a zero tolerance approach to issues of law and order during and after the passage of Tropical Depression Tomas.“In times of natural disasters, we are aware that persons with criminal intent would want to prey on the vulnerable and persons who have suffered,” Assistant Superintendent of Police, Clifford Blake, told a press conference organised by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), at its offices in Kingston, today (November 3).He said the police would be deploying additional personnel to safeguard evacuated communities, to provide security at the various shelters and to ensure that lives and property are secured. He urged Jamaicans to play their part by reporting suspicious activities to the police.Assistant Superintendent Blake also advised neighbourhood watch groups to meet and activate their own security plans ahead of the impending storm. He also advised Jamaicans to ensure their own security by safely locking away their valuables and properly securing their buildings, especially places of business.His other tips include storing enough fuel for motor vehicles in case of emergencies, charging cellular phone batteries and making note of the numbers for the nearest police station.In addition, he implored persons who might have to evacuate their homes to inform the police of this, to ensure they are accounted for and that personnel are dispatched to secure their property.Assistant Superintendent Blake said the police have already activated its command centre at Old Hope Road, Kingston, and that the police would be working with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) during the period. RelatedZero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas Zero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas National SecurityNovember 3, 2010center_img RelatedZero tolerance approach by the police for Tomas Advertisementslast_img read more


Brian Stokes Mitchell on Acting and Advocacy: ‘It’s One of the Reasons I Was Put on the Planet’

first_imgBrian Stokes Mitchell (Photo compilation by Ryan Casey for Broadway.com) Brian Stokes Mitchell (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Star Files Just weeks into the Broadway shutdown, Mitchell announced that had tested positive for COVID-19. After slowly regaining strength and being cleared, Mitchell took to his window to honor essential healthcare workers. “I would vocalize as often as I could to stay strong,” he said. “I would go to the window every night at seven o’clock and applaud all of the essential workers. One of those days I just felt like, ‘Oh, I think I seem to have my voice back in my lungs back.’ So, I started this spontaneous thing of ‘The Impossible Dream’ and people on the street responded very positively to it. I noticed more people were there the next night looking up at the window and I thought, ‘Oh, maybe I should sing it again.’ I did it for about four weeks and the crowd kept getting bigger and bigger. Eventually it got to be a traffic concern with so many people so I’ve taken a break.”As previously reported, The Actors Fund recently broke records by raising over $10 million for COVID-19 relief, something that Mitchell is extremely proud of. “This is my 16th year as the chairman of the board,” he said. “I’ve been saying that it feels like the last 138 years that The Actors Fund has been in existence has been a rehearsal for what we’re all going through now. Normally in a year, we would give out about $2 million in emergency financial assistance. Since March 24th of this year, I think we’re up to about $12 million. My philosophy is when the universe asks you to give back, especially when you’ve been so fortunate, you say yes. Ragtime was one of those occasions where I felt like doing that show is one of the reasons I was put on the planet. It also feels like now, me being the chairman of the board of The Actors Fund, is also one of the reasons that I’ve been put on the planet. I’m in a position now where I can help a whole lot of people.”With two Tony Awards and 11 Broadway credits to his name, Mitchell’s songbook wheelhouse is well-rounded and diverse, but there’s one song he continues to go to. “The song that inspires me the most would have to be ‘The Impossible Dream,'” Mitchell said. “What’s interesting about that song is it seems to fit whatever happens to be happening. When I did the show [Man of La Mancha], it was the anniversary of the March on Washington.I was singing the lyrics of dreaming an impossible dream while thinking of Martin Luther King. And now what’s going on in the world, that’s one of the reasons I chose that song. ‘To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe, to bear with unbearable sorrow, to run where the brave dare not go.’ It seems to work in so many different situations, and it’s always this beautifully deep, but hopeful and inspiring song. I think that’s why it has lasted through the years. I just can’t stop singing the song.”Watch Mitchell talk about what show he gets recognized for the most and more in the full episode below! View Commentscenter_img Brian Stokes Mitchell Brian Stokes Mitchell has been working nonstop. As chairman of The Actors Fund, Mitchell has been overseeing its COVID-19 emergency fund, singing “The Impossible Dream” out of his window and advocating for artists who are out of working during this season. Mitchell appeared on Broadway.com’s #LiveatFive: Home Edition to talk with Paul Wontorek about how he knew what “he was put on the planet for” and more.  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 34:50Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -34:50 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.last_img read more


NEJC legislators point out some positive moments in ‘depressing’ legislative session just concluded

first_imgRep. Melissa Rooker speaking at the Thursday Chamber breakfast. Photo courtesy of NEJC Chamber.Despite what was characterized as a sometimes “depressing” legislative session just concluded, legislators from northeast Johnson County pointed out a number of positive accomplishments Thursday morning.Those positives, though, sometimes took the form of stopping bad bills. Among the list of positive outcomes, legislators included the following:Blocking a change in the way Kansas Supreme Court judges are selected.Keeping the Angel Tax Credit program alive.Stopping changes in the HOPE Act that would have penalized new mothers who had received assistance.Passing a mutual aid bill for police departments.Stopping a change to the vehicle registration process that would have replaced renewal letters with postcards.Stopping the expansion of scholarship tax credits for private education.Stopping the loss of due process for community college professors.Reps. Stephanie Clayton, Barbara Bollier, Melissa Rooker and Jarrod Ousley participated in the forum along with Sens. Kay Wolf and Pat Pettey. It was the last legislative wrap-up session for Wolf who became emotional in talking about her retirement from the legislature.“This was a difficult decision for me,” Wolf said. “It’s been a big portion of my life.” Starting with service on the Prairie Village City Council, she has spent 16 years in elected office. She said her two business locations were both sold in the last year.Sen. Pettey did point to the tax lid on local budgets as “another assault on local government.” The gun bill passed this year also imposes on local government, she said. That change forces cities to allow employees to carry weapons off government property while working.Bollier said she had wanted to make amendments to the gun bill, but the process used in the House did not allow amendments. “That is just wrong,” she said.last_img read more


Whitehall boys withstand Montague comeback, clinch a share of conference championship

first_img Fox Sports Go Add Comments (Max 320 characters) × Other Share Hunter Mosher gets up on the 10-foot jumpshot for Montague. Photo/Tim Reilly Bestseller Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Report a problem This item is… × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. 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Photo/Kris RakeBut in the end the Vikings withstood a thrilling Montague fourth-quarter rally and grabbed a 71-67 victory to clinch at last a share of the West Michigan Conference championship.Whitehall, which had 14 3-pointers in the game, now has a two-game lead over Montague in the conference standings with two league games remaining.“It was different guys getting hot,” said Whitehall head coach Nate Aardema, whose team improved to 13-2 on the season and 12-0 in conference play. “Sometimes all the emotion and energy can hurt you, but sometimes it helps you shoot, because you stop worrying about all the nonsense and just play.”Whitehall’s Lucas Schumm and Drew Young scored 27 and 22 points, respectively, to lead the Vikings. The two seniors combined for 10 3-pointers, and continued their career-long streak of never losing to Montague.“Drew kept us in the game,” Schumm said about his teammate. “That really helped us and it helped my confidence, because I knew if my shots weren’t falling I could lean on Drew. For me, once the first one went in, it was time to go.“We still haven’t lost to them and I’m pretty thankful for that, because they made it pretty tight the last two games. It just feels good. To get a share of the title against them is nice.”The Wildcats had a standout performance of their own from 6-foot-2 big man Josh Weesies, who finished with 26 points and seven rebounds.Merritt Hamann finds room in the lane for Montague. Photo/Tim Reilly“Josh Weesies was phenomenal,” Aardema said. “We couldn’t stop him. We had our center on him, but Brandon (Rake) was a little bit hobbled. He hurt his ankle pretty bad against North Muskegon, so he was kind of gutting it out, but I don’t know if it mattered. We could have put three guys on Weesies. He was just bowling his way to the basket and finding ways to score.”Weesies and Montague put the pressure on Whitehall early, forcing three quick turnovers and jumping out to a 12-2 lead.But the Vikings kept it close by getting into the lane, drawing fouls and finding their way to the free-throw line, where they converted five of six shots in the first quarter.Montague led 16-12 at the first break.The Wildcats again tried to bury the Vikings, taking a 22-14 lead a minute into the second quarter. But Young hit two 3-pointers and had two big steals to swing the momentum back in Whitehall’s favor.Then Schumm got hot.The standout point guard hit three unanswered triples on consecutive possessions to give the Vikings a lead they wouldn’t give up for the remainder of the contest.Whitehall guar Lucas Schumm goes up against Hunter Mosher on the break. Photo/Kris RakeWhitehall carried a 39-31 lead into the halftime break and a 63-52 advantage into the fourth quarter. Casey Huizenga powered the Vikings in the third quarter with three triples.Schumm hit two free-throws to begin the final quarter, which gave the Vikings their largest lead of the night at 13 points. Then Montague came roaring back, cutting Whitehall’s lead to 67-66 with 1:31 to play.Hunter Mosher paced the Wildcat rally with seven points in the fourth quarter, while Abram Erickson and Merritt Hamann scored four points apiece down the stretch.But Young hit a layup, then added two clutch free throws with five seconds left, to ice the victory for Whitehall.Erickson and Kenyan Johnston finished with 17 and 11 points, respectively, for Montague, which fell to 12-3 overall and 10-2 in the league.Whitehall will travel to Hart on Friday, where a victory would secure the outright conference championship.“The target on our back just keeps getting bigger,” said Aardema, whose team tied Shelby for the conference title last year. “The kids were mad at me last year because I put ‘co-champions’ on the t-shirts. I said if we want to get it outright then we have to come to work tomorrow and start prepping for Hart.” Shop Now $19.38 (3879) Inappropriate / Offensive Sports Illustrated Share × Drew Young powers his way through the lane past Montague’s Abram Erickson and No. 34 Hunter Mosher. Photo/Kris Rake DEAL OF THE DAY Not relevant Mail Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. (975) Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $14.99 ENDS IN $22.99 (32825) Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $9.99 NBC Sportscenter_img Not relevant (35309) Shares DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… Other $0.00 × $0.00 Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. 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Pirates to start ace Gerrit Cole in wild-card game vs Cubs

first_imgGerrit Cole ( AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Gerrit Cole isn’t going to miss the NL wild-card game this time around.The Pirates announced Saturday their All-Star ace will start Wednesday’s elimination game against the Chicago Cubs. Cole is third in the National League with 19 wins. He went 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts against Chicago during the regular season.Cole did not start last year’s 8-0 wild-card loss to San Francisco after Pirates manager Clint Hurdle opted to go with Cole in the regular-season finale in the hope of catching St. Louis for the NL Central title.The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft went 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in two playoff starts for the Pirates during the 2013 NL Division Series against the Cardinals.last_img read more


Barca close to sealing signing of Brazilian pearl Gustavo Maia

first_img Gustavo can then play for Barcelona from the end of August – start of September, if the deal is sealed as such. 07/05/2020 Barca have paid a million euros for the forward and have 3.5 million more in June to pay to make the deal happen, up until July 30.  Barcelona should seal the signing of one of the young talents of Brazilian football in the coming days – Sao Paulo’s Gustavo Maia. IN SPORT.ES Ousmane Dembele reappears in public El Barça, a un paso de cerrar el fichaje de la perla brasileña, Gustavo Maia Sport EN Per UOL, the Catalan club should meet in the coming days with the forward’s representatives, who last played in the Copa Junior de Futbol de Sao Paulo. They will present them their offer. RELATED STORIES Sao Paulo have given the player’s agents permission to negotiate with Barcelona, and they are negotiating the terms of his deal. The 19 year old scored three times in seven games at the Sao Paulo Junior cup. Upd. at 18:50 CESTlast_img read more


Gulls out of luck

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Countering Covid fears

first_imgWith the need for people to get tested greater than ever, and some people still hesitant to do so, the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Danielle Kutchel last_img


Cramer grabs most of hardware at Nelson Leafs awards ceremony

first_imgRobson Cramer, as he has done all season, was the big winner during Sunday’s Nelson Leafs Award’s Banquet at the Hume Hotel.The skillful defenceman won a handful of awards at the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise concluded the 2014-15 campaign with the annual award ceremony.Nelson was eliminated from the playoffs by defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehhawks Thursday.The Hawks won the best-of-seven Murdoch Semi Final series 4-1.Cramer, a double league award winner as top defenceman in the Murdoch Division and KIJHL, won Nelson’s Top Defenceman and regular season Team MVP.Cramer, who is off to Simon Fraser of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League next season, also was the top scorer during the regular season for Nelson.Right behind Cramer on trips to the podium was rugged defenceman Darnel St. Pierre. St. Pierre won the Coaches’ Award and Most Spirited Player honour.It was announced that St. Pierre is off to join Cramer at SFU next season after agreeing to a commitment letter.Rookie forward Sam Webber won the Most Popular Player award while Dylan Williamson was named top rookie and Playoff MVP was forward Rayce Miller.The player award for dedication of hockey and academics was Brenden Chow while Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap was named Unsung Hero for the team.Most Sportsmanlike Player and Most Improved Player went to forward Timothy Nichols.The banquet concludes what has been a rollercoaster ride for the Green and White this season.However, instead of dwelling on the negative, head coach Dave McLellan already is starting to put the pieces together for the 2015-16 campaign as Nelson hosts its rookie camp April 24-26 at the NDCC Arena.The Main Camp is scheduled to follow May 15-17, also at the NDCC Arena.For more information contact McLellan at [email protected] or 250-352-1903.last_img read more