Lessons from Plants: Insights for Human Thriving

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On Thursday, February 24 and Friday the 25th, Dr. Beronda Montgomery discussed Lessons from Plants: Insights for Human Thriving

"An exploration of how plant behavior and adaptation offer valuable insights for human thriving."  

Dr. Beronda L. Montgomery is MSU Foundation Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology, she was named one of Cell’s 100 Inspiring Black Scientists in America and was the winner of the 2021 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.  In this presentation she linked lessons gleaned from her passion and esteemed research about plant biochemistry and behaviors to what we, espeically in a college setting, can do to support and promote the success and thriving of eachother. 



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“Thoughtful, contemplative, factual, and philosophical; it’s quite different to any other plant biology-based book I’ve read.”—Nigel Chaffey, Botany One

“An invitation to awareness, awe, and curiosity. Beronda Montgomery takes us deep into the sophisticated and life-giving behaviors and community lives of plants, giving us evergreen lessons about resilience and diversity along the way.”—David George Haskell, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen and John Burroughs Medal winner The Songs of Trees

“A wonderful portrait of life as a plant. In an accessible style and fluid prose, Montgomery teaches us modern plant biology interwoven with personal stories and philosophy, and ultimately, how to live meaningful, sense-filled lives.”—Jo Handelsman, Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and HHMI Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

“A love letter to the natural world. This extraordinary, brave, and thoughtful meditation considers the connection between plants and mentoring, a link I’d never before contemplated. Through gorgeous storytelling and scholarship, Lessons from Plants will speak to scientists, naturalists, and everyone who has experienced the evocative relationship between a mentor and mentee.”—Mary Deane Sorcinelli, coauthor of Faculty Development in the Age of Evidence

This event is part of the 10+1 year Anniversary of Lehigh ADVANCE and is tagged as a Soaring Together Event, Recognizing 50 Years of Lehigh Co-Education