Rio professor will give Welsh Studies presentation

Staff Report

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande Madog Center for Welsh Studies will host a presentation at 4 p.m. April 19 by 2015-2016 Madog Faculty Fellow and Professor of Biology Dr. Linda Sigismondi in Bob Evans Farm Hall, Room 216.

The presentation, “From Folklore to Herbal Medicine to Science,” will include Dr. Sigismondi’s research on the medicinal uses of plants in Welsh culture, what plants Welsh immigrants brought to the United States and southeastern Ohio and how these sources can be used today. To complete her research, Dr. Sigismondi visited Wales this past summer.

“Going to Wales for the research adds a richer layer to the faculty fellow’s work. Dr. Sigismondi had been to Wales before and was eager to go back and do her research there,” said Jeanne Jindra, the director for the Madog Center for Welsh Studies. “When the committee met for a mid-year review, I was just so excited about her research and what she did in Wales. I’m eager to learn more about the scientific side of herbal medicine and her findings from her trip.”

Each year, the Madog Center for Welsh Studies presents a member of Rio’s full-time faculty with a fellowship to engage in original research and scholarship related to Wales and Welsh culture. The faculty member is selected based on an application and research proposal submitted to the Madog Faculty Fellow committee.

Dr. Sigismondi is the Madog Center’s 12th faculty fellow since the fellowship began in 2003. Jindra said the center selects a faculty member for the fellowship to help create an understanding and appreciation of Welsh heritage in southeastern Ohio and contemporary Welsh culture.

“It’s an interesting topic, and Dr. Sigismondi will give an overview of what types of flora and herbal medicines Welsh immigrants brought with them when they came to our region,” Jindra said. “Welsh culture and heritage still has a prominent footprint in southeastern Ohio. We have the Welsh Scenic Byway, roads with Welsh names and chapels built by the Welsh. I think it’s important that people remember the Welsh connection to this area.”

Dr. Sigismondi has been working at the University of Rio Grande since 1993. She received her bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry from Clarion State College and her master’s degree in biological sciences, as well as her doctorate, in fisheries from Oregon State University.

The presentation is open to the public. For more information on Dr. Sigismondi’s presentation, contact Jindra at (740) 245-7168.

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