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Remembering Dr. Roger Geyer

  Dr. Roger Geyer joined American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) in the fall of 2008, not long after the University’s founding. Over the years, he displayed a unique ability to enrich the lives of his students and colleagues.     Born in Botkins, Ohio, Dr. Geyer developed a love of basketball as a young man and went on to play for New York University’s collegiate team. His passion for the game followed him to AUIS, where he coached the women’s JV basketball team.   Dr. Geyer and his wife Mary E. Geyer (née King) settled with their family in Virginia. It was there that he started an IT trading company with his brother and went on to receive his Ph.D in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia after teaching at Old Dominion University.   At AUIS, Dr. Geyer taught numerous undergraduate and MBA courses, including topics in computer science,...

Guest Lecture Examines Flora of Kurdistan

  Dr. Al-Shehbaz, a senior scientist at the Missouri Botanical Garden and one of the founding members of the Kurdistan Botanical Foundation (KBF), visited the Kurdistan region for six weeks this summer. During his time in the region, he conducted fieldwork and research, in addition to teaching in Sulaimani. After a brief introduction of various flora of the southwest Asia region, Dr. Al-Shehbaz discussed the work of KBF - its extensive field research and publications - as well as the discovery of numerous species new to science and Iraq. The second half of the talk surveyed the flora of Greater Kurdistan, historically Kurdish areas of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria. Special focus was given to the mustard family or Brassicaceae (on which Dr. Al-Shehbaz is considered the ranking world authority), the sunflower family (Asteraceae or Compositae), the bean family (Fabaceae or Leguminosae) focusing on its largest genus Astragalus, the pink...

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