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Editors' column--centennial issues.

This issue begins with an annotated list of the mammalian fauna of Tennessee by Michael Kennedy and three co-authors. Dr. Kennedy is surely the state's leading authority on this subject, so this issue of the centennial volume should remain an important resource for future mammalogists well into the second century of the Academy's existence.

A related article dealing with the medium and large mammals of Shelby Farms Park near Memphis follows. Lead author Daniel Wolcott and coauthors, including Michael Kennedy, provide important baseline data about the mammalian fauna of a natural "island" located near metropolitan Memphis.

The last of the three research articles in this issue deals with a pedagogical issue--how to improve undergraduate understanding of the hypothesis-testing nature of science in an environmental science curriculum. Sean Richards and co-authors lead us through their successful effort to do just that at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

In the previous issue of the Journal, an excerpt detailing the founding of the Academy was presented. In this issue George Webb explores the wider context of the Academy's origin; his Centennial Commentary is required reading for all who would understand the historical context surrounding the inception of our organization. I should point out that Dr. Webb also published an article in the March/April 2012 issue of Tennessee Conservationist about the role of the Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS) in the founding of an important Tennessee natural resource--Great Smoky Mountains National Park. See the excerpt from an old issue of the journal that ends this issue for a related flashback.

Richard Raridon next presents a brief history of the TAS Collegiate Division. The crucial role of this arm of the Academy in providing a forum for undergraduate and graduate science students to present the results of their research to professionals in their fields cannot be overstated.

The names and affiliations of the presidents of the TAS during its first century of existence are presented here in full for the first time.

Stephen J. Stedman Managing Editor

Christy T. Carter Assistant Editor

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Author:Stedman, Stephen J.; Carter, Christy T.
Publication:Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2012
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