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Norton Institute for Continuing Education Lecture

May 29th, 2011 · No Comments

The Norton Institute for Continuing Education (NICE) announces its sixth and final free lecture of the 2010 – 2011 academic year. This presentation will be held at Wheaton (Norton, MA) College.

               Wednesday, June 15, 2011      1:00 – 2:30 pm

                  Watson Fine Arts Building, Ellison Hall, Room 102.

This lecture is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

   Bacteriology For the Amateur Naturalist:

(What You Have Missed on Your Nature Walks)

Bacteria are the most overlooked of organisms on your nature walk. You see birds, trees, and wild flowers and even fungi, rock formations, lichens, nests, tracks, and insects. However, it is likely that you are not seeing the bacteria even though you may know that they are there in countless numbers, far outnumbering the other organisms and that their influence on the environment is vast and profound. The goal of this illustrated lecture is to place the bacteria firmly into their role as major players in Earth’s biodiversity and to provide information on field identifications in hopes that your nature walks will be enriched with new sightings of bacteria; in some cases their field markers were there in plain sight all along but just in need of deciphering.      

   The presenter is Betsey Dyer, Ph.D., Professor of Biology at Wheaton College. She is author/reader of The Invisible World (14 lectures plus booklet for Recorded Books Modern Scholar Series) and A Field Guide to Bacteria (2003), Cornell University Press. 

NICE, a non-profit affiliate of the Elderhostel Institute Network and a collaborative effort of Wheaton College and Epoch Assisted Living of Norton, provides non-credit nominally-priced college-level courses and free lectures for over-55 year-olds living primarily in the Norton, Attleboro, Mansfield, Sharon, Foxboro, Taunton, Stoughton, Easton, and Canton areas. 

    For complete details of the lecture plus other information, please consult the NICE web site at or call Martin Aronson, NICE Registrar, at 781-784-8548.


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