Dr. John Abbott grew up in Texas, falling in love at an early age with insects and natural history in general. He has spent much of his career and life in Texas studying insects and in particular dragonflies and damselflies. He is now the Director of Museum Research and Collections for the University of Alabama Museums in Tuscaloosa. His research focuses on aquatic insects, particularly the systematics and biogeography of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata). John has authored many papers on aquatic insects and written several books including the Dragonflies and Damselflies of the South-central United States, the Damselflies of Texas, and the Dragonflies of Texas. He is currently working on the Peterson Field Guide to North American Insects. John is also the creator of several citizen science initiatives including OdonataCentral (http://www.odonatacentral.org), the MigratoryDragonflyPartnership (www.migratorydragonflypartnership.org), and PondWatch (www.PondWatch.org). Beyond these interests, John is an avid nature photographer whose photographs have appeared in numerous calendars, magazines and books.
Bill Gosselin started his career as a District Executive in the Central Florida Council where he was promoted to Senior District Executive, Field Director and then to the Director of Operations for one of the nation’s largest councils. Bill now serves as the Executive Director for the Black Warrior Council, covering 12 counites in West Central Alabama. He has served as a professional Scouter for 22 years. Bill is married and has four daughters. He enjoys hunting, fishing and gardening and is active in his church.
CiCi Dixon has founded the Dixon Brain Cancer Foundation in memory of her husband, Mike, who battled the most aggressive form of primary brain cancer, glioblastoma, for almost two years. The Dixon Brain Cancer Foundation has two primary purposes. The first provides travel funds to brain tumor patients who desire to seek treatment at a comprehensive cancer center with a designated brain tumor program. The second provides funding for brain cancer research. Her talk will not only provide a basic understanding of primary brain tumors but will also explain in more detail the goals of the Dixon Brain Cancer Foundation.
A pharmacist and health services researcher, Dr. Cynthia Warrick has 20 years of higher education experience as faculty and administrator. As the 7th President of Stillman College, she is the first female to lead the institution. Recent executive leadership positions include: Interim President of Grambling State University and South Carolina State University. Dr. Warrick began her academic career on the faculty of Howard University, followed by appointments at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, Texas Southern University, Florida A&M University, and at Elizabeth City State University. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Warrick received the BS in Pharmacy from Howard University; MS in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology; and the PhD in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University. Her collaborative leadership style is focused on producing academic excellence, administrative accountability, economic development, biomedical research and student success outcomes.