Award-Winning Graphic Novelist to Speak at Ashland University

9/7/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Jay Hosler, comic book author and illustrator and assistant professor of biology at Juniata College, will be presenting a public lecture titled "Sequential Smart: Teaching with Visual Narratives" on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. in Room 249 in the Dauch College of Business and Economics.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, and the Department of Art.

Hosler's cutting-edge comics, used in classrooms across North America, encourage students to enjoy reading while learning about science. Hosler's graphic novels include "Clan Apis," "The Sandwalk Adventures," "Optical Allusions" and "Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth."

His most recent article, "Are Comic Books an Effective Way to Engage Nonmajors?" (CBE-Life Sciences Education Vol. 10, Fall 2011), offers data indicating that visual texts may play key roles "in engaging and shaping student attitudes" toward science "in a positive way."

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