Springfield, Ohio — He may have been named president at the 117th annual gathering of the Ohio Academy of Science in April, but Wittenberg Professor of Biology Horton Hobbs doesn't see himself as a politician.
"I really did not jump into 'the political arena,' nor did I have great expectations of winning the nomination for the position of President of the Academy," he said. "I do not see the position as one of power but as an opportunity to have some influence on how science is perceived and appreciated by the public.
"It provides an opportunity to encourage young budding scientists from grade school to college students to pursue their passions and to expose themselves to the excitement of asking questions, recognizing the unknown and pursuing answers to queries about their surroundings, whether they be at the molecular, cellular, community or ecosystem level."
The election of one of Wittenberg's own to a leadership position with the prestigious Ohio Academy of Science is cause for celebration.
"The Wittenberg community can be proud to have one of its own elected," said Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department Tim Lewis. "We wish him well for his tenure in office."
According to its Web site, "the Ohio Academy of Science is a membership-based, volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization. The Academy is the leading organization in Ohio to foster curiosity, discovery, and innovation and to unite all who value education, science, engineering, technology, or their applications for the benefit of society. The Academy conducts an annual meeting and science days, and publishes an international, multidisciplinary, scientific journal."
Wittenberg will host the annual gathering of the Ohio Academy of Science in April 2009, an effort that Hobbs spearheaded.
"Because Wittenberg is hosting the Ohio Academy of Science annual meeting in April 2009, I imagine that much of my energy will be directed toward planning and preparing for that event," Hobbs said. "It will be an opportunity to showcase Wittenberg to scientists and students from around the state and from adjoining states and it will provide a forum in which they can share their excitement about and the results of numerous research projects. It will be a weekend of meetings, podium and poster presentations, field trips and an opportunity for much one-on-one interactions."
"It should be a good year and one that I am looking forward to, particularly since 2009 is the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin," he continued. "The influence of his contributions to biology will be celebrated around the world, and I anticipate that his presence will be felt throughout the year."
Written By: Rachel Morgan '08