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Biology Professor Speaks on Evolution of Sabbatical Experiences

(Posted April 7, 2014)

Doug Glazier, professor of biology

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Douglas Glazier, professor of biology at Juniata College, will give a talk on how his sabbatical leaves over a 30-year career have improved his teaching as well as his research interests at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The talk is part of the Bookend Seminar Lecture Series, a series of lectures on various topics given each month during the school year.

Glazier's talk, "A Tale of Four Sabbaticals: Or, Why Sabbaticals are so Important," will cover each of Glazier's four leaves to study at other institutions. He will detail research experiences in England, Tasmania and South Africa and explain how each sabbatical built on the skills and knowledge gained during the previous sabbatical.

He also will explain how each sabbatical contributed to his ecology, evolution and mammalogy courses. Finally, he will cover how taking a sabbatical can open up research opportunities for students and other faculty.

Glazier came to Juniata in 1980. His research interests include the functional biology and life-history evolution of mammals and crustaceans, the animal ecology of soils and freshwater springs, and the ecology of land invasions by formerly aquatic species.

Glazier has published more than two dozen articles and almost two dozen abstracts, and is also writing a book on ecology and evolution.

He received the Beachley Distinguished Academic Service Award in 2000, and received two Templeton Awards in 2002 and 2003 for a team-taught course "God, Evolution and Culture."

He has been a visiting researcher at the Wells Reserve (Maine), Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (South Carolina), University of Sheffield (England) and University of Lecce (Italy).

Glazier is a member of 15 professional societies, a manuscript reviewer for 14 biological research journals, and a grant proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the Huntingdon County Chapter of Pennsylvania CleanWays and numerous other environmental organizations.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.