Honors Symposium – Dan Walden

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On January 27th, Dan Walden, Associate Professor of English at Baylor University, gave a fascinating presentation to Honors Program students on pirates!  The timing was perfect as Gasparilla festivities were beginning that night and the main Gasparilla event was the next day.  Dan noted that the life of pirates not anything like the modern depictions seen in movies or amusement park rides. Their lives were often short-lived, hard, dangerous, and dirty.  Honor Student questions during the Q&A led to an insightful discussion about the similarities between modern-day pirates and their earlier counterparts.

Honors Symposia – Heather Masonjones and Emily Rose

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Dr. Heather Masonjones and Dr. Emily Rose launched the Spring 2017 Honors Program Symposium series with a fascinating presentation on their work on seahorses in the Bahamas.  Their work has been focused on a pond called Sweetings on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, where the density of seahorses is far above that found in the ocean more generally.  The presentation noted that the seahorses in Sweetings Pond, based on DNA evidence, have not become a unique species yet, but may be headed down that path due to their isolation from the ocean.