Dr. James F. Merritt discusses his 30-plus year history at UNCW. He came to the biology department in 1973 (when the university had around 1700 students) to teach courses in genetics and related areas. He moved into administration, first as department chair and then as director of the Center for Marine Science Research following Dr. Ralph Brauer's retirement. Discussion includes Marine Expo in 1985, 1987, and 1989 and the Center for Marine Science facility in Myrtle Grove, which opened in 2000.
Sybil Burgess discusses her career at UNCW as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry for 21 years. She came in 1982 as a part-time instructor, then worked full-time as an instructor, and was hired for a tenure-track position starting in 1983. She discusses her research in biochemistry, the courses she taught and the department when it was located in DeLoach Hall and then moved to Dobo. Since retirement, Dr. Burgess has begun a second career as a full-time faculty member at Brunswick Community College, where she teaches biology and chemistry.
Dr. Fred Hornack describes his educational background and academic career at Wilmington College and UNCW. He came to Wilmington College in 1964 to join the Department of Chemistry and retired in 1996. Discussion includes his reasearch and teaching interests in physical chemistry. Among the courses he enjoyed teaching was the History of Chemistry required for all chemistry majors. He discusses the people he knew over the years, including William Madison Randall, Will DeLoach, and others.