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What Hollywood Can Teach Us About Our Planet

Date: 03/27/2013

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: 110 Green Hall

Cost: Free


The Department of Horticultural Science presents the 2013 Kermit Olson Awards Ceremony & Lecture with Dr. Jodie Holdt from the University of California, Riverside. 

Plants are fundamental to our existence, yet most people only notice plants as a green backdrop to their daily lives. Without greater human awareness of plants and their importance, efforts to conserve plant biodiversity will be futile. Learn why we often don’t ‘see’ plants even though they are all around us. Using principles of plant form and function, Dr. Holt will explain why plants look like they do and enhance your ability to ‘see’ plants. A slide presentation of images from Dr. Holt’s work as a botanical consultant to the movie Avatar, as well as from her many years studying and teaching botany, will be used to illustrate this talk.

Dr. Holt is a UCR Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of California, Riverside, where she has taught plant science courses and conducted research on weedy and invasive plants for 30 years. She is currently Associate Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has won awards for her research and teaching. She regularly engages in botany outreach to a variety of audiences, young and old, and in 2010 the San Diego Botanical Garden awarded her the Paul Ecke, Jr. Award of Excellence for her work promoting plants and conservation.

No tickets necessary; general admission. Free & open to the public. Light refreshments available after the lecture in 310 Alderman Hall.


  • Name: Echo Martin
  • E-mail: mart1794@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4742
  • Sponsored by: Horticultural Science

More information: http://www.horticulture.umn.edu/News/KermitOlson/index.htm

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Echo Martin at 612-624-4742 or mart1794@umn.edu.

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