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Professor to Speak on Medicinal and Food Plants of the Southwest

Mar 12, 2009
Dr. David H. Kinder, professor of medicinal chemistry in the Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University, will speak on "Medicinal and Food Plants of the Southwest: What the Ancestral Puebloans Knew About Climate Change (Probably)" on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m., in room 151 of the Hakes-Pierstorf Family Pharmacy Education Center at ONU.

Kinder, whose extensive research of medicinal plants of the Southwest includes the discovery of anti-cancer activity in these plants, will discuss how Ancestral Pueblo Indians utilized their environment and how certain plants - those that provide food and those that provide medicines - have adapted to environmental changes. In the American Southwest, Ancestral Pueblo Indians have coped with drought and floods as a consequence of changes in weather patterns.

Free and open to the public, this event is part of Polar Bear Nation, a yearlong campaign at ONU to promote awareness of environmental issues.