Dr. Barnum currently serves as the director of the DSC Science Museum, and he will discuss the extensive collection of flora and fauna from this region, as well as a collection of animals and insect skeletons, which is all preserved at the Museum. In addition, Barnum will explain his current research in support of a major Washington County mosquito-control research project.
At age 86, he has been a part of Dixie High School/Dixie College for 70 years, beginning with his time as a student in 1940. After completing his education, he returned to Dixie as a biology professor in 1959, and later became Dean of Science and the school’s first academic vice president. Barnum formally retired almost a decade ago, though he continued to teach students in the biology lab up until late last year.
The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 18 years ago by former DSC President Dr. Douglas Alder, is a group of retired professors and other professionals who live mostly in the St. George and Washington County area. Dr. Alder, who also started an Honors Program at DSC, organized the Colleagues as a way to increase academic activities on campus.
The Colleagues meet together once a month during the academic year to hear presentations from each other and/or invited guests.