Exploring Utah by Horse and Buggy with Marcus Jones

Date:  Sunday January 22, 2012
Speaker:  Dr. William Gray

Dr. William Gray is Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Utah. He received his Ph.D. at the Molecular Biology Lab. of Cambridge University, and with his wife Sylvia came to the United States to pursue research at Caltech for ‘one or maybe two years’. They fell in love with the mountains and deserts and moved to Utah in 1970. Since retiring from the U in 1997 Bill has devoted much of his time to studying the native plants of our region. In 2002 he published an interactive guide with over 3000 photographs to help identify wildflowers of the Central Wasatch Front. Since then he has been actively involved with various agencies (Grand Canyon Trust, Audubon, Nature Conservancy and others) in assessing the botanical health of our public lands. He is a past president of the Utah Native Plant Society.

“Marcus Jones was an extraordinary figure in Utah in the late nineteenth – early twentieth centuries, chiefly famous for his botanical explorations of the Western United States and Mexico. He traveled thousands of miles by horse and buggy, and by his own account collected nearly half a million plant specimens. He was also an avid photographer of the landscapes and geology. In 2010 an archive of about 1000 glass slides and negatives was rediscovered in California. With a grant from Utah Native Plant Society I began digitizing these old images. Last year we traveled to some of the original places to document habitat changes occurring over the course of 100 years. My talk will focus on Jones’s major trip of 1894 with ‘then and now’ images from around Utah. Recently I have begun work on his diaries and journals: the public will be invited to collaborate on transcribing these for publication.”

Speaker Suggested References and Resources:
Special ‘Marcus Jones’ issue of Utah Native Plant Society newsletter: http://www.unps.org/segolily/Sego2011NovDec.pdf
Marcus Jones website at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden: https://sites.google.com/a/rsabg.org/marcus-e-jones/


New Research on the Science of Love and Relationships

Date:  Sunday January 8, 2012
Speaker:  Lisa M. Diamond

Lisa M. Diamond is Associate Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Utah. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development from Cornell University. Dr. Diamond’s research focuses on the formation and functioning of emotionally and sexually intimate relationships over the life course, and their implications for mental and physical health. Dr. Diamond has received numerous other awards for her work from the American Association of University Women, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the American Psychological Association.

“Dr. Diamond will review some of the latest – and often surprising – findings from scientific research on romantic love and relationships, including research on the factors that predict marital satisfaction and stability, the effects of day-to-day conflict on physiological functioning, and how routine experiences such as physical separations from romantic partners affect our mental and physical health.”