Westminster College Associate Professor to Discuss Paddlefish at Faculty Forum

Thursday, October 18, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. John Robertson, Westminster associate professor of biology, will present "The Scoop on the Spoonbill: Structure, Function and Morphogenesis" at the Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

The paddlefish, also known as the spoonbill, is native to a number of large North American rivers, including the Ohio River. One remarkable feature of this species is the prominent rostrum or paddle, an extension of the skull that grows rapidly soon after the fish hatches.

Robertson will describe his collaborative research into the functional morphology and growth of the rostrum, including capstone projects and course-based studies examining developmental dynamics and emphasizing revealing approaches to imaging and analyzing the structure of the rostrum.

Robertson, who has been with Westminster since 2000, earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, a master's from the University of Rhode Island, and Ph.D. from Arizona State University.

The Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs.  Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

Podcasts of the forums are available here.

Contact Robertson at (724) 946-7044 or email for additional information.

Contact Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, faculty development officer, at (724) 946-7189 for more information on the Faires Faculty Forum or click here.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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Dr. John Robertson, associate professor of biology