Robert Foster Cherry Award Fall Dialog Series Under Way

Sept. 9, 2008

by Lauren Venegas, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Dr. Stephen D. Davis and the Baylor University faculty of the department of biology will host an on-going dialog about undergraduate research as part of the 2008 Robert Foster Cherry Award Recipient Fall Dialog Series at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10. The event location will be in the Baylor Sciences Building, room A.108, on the Baylor campus.

Dr. Davis, the 2008 recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, will provide an overview of his National Science Foundation-funded Summer Undergraduate Research and Biology program, the first of four dialogs. A renowned expert on plant adaptations to fire, freezing and drought, Davis visited the Baylor campus in October 2007 to present a Cherry finalist lecture on "Undergraduate Research, Celebrating the Spice of Science."

As part of the Cherry Award program, Dr. Davis is teaching in residence at Baylor during the fall 2008 semester and also received $200,000 plus $25,000 for his home department at Pepperdine where he is a Distinguished Professor of Biology.

The Cherry Award program is designed to honor great teachers, to stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching and to encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers.

The 2008 dialog series dates are as follows:

• September 10

• October 1

• November 5

• December 3

For more information on Baylor's Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, past recipients and the nomination process, visit

For more information on the dialog series, visit

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