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Meet the Advisory Board: Russ Centanni

How long have you served on the Advisory Board?

Russ Centanni
Russ Centanni

At least 5 years, if not longer. The Osher office can check.

(Osher office note: Russ has served since 2015. Spot on!)

Are you part of any committees? If so, what is your role?

I am a member of the Track 3 curriculum committee.

What is your most memorable Osher Institute experience?

Presenting my first class to the membership at the Flicks Theater in the early 2000s. Fieldtrip classes to Yellowstone National Park and to Silver City.

Favorite Osher presentation you have attended thus far?

Been so many, hard to answer this one. The one on Idaho gangs by Bryan Taylor comes to mind.

Are you a Boise native? If not, where are you originally from?

No. Born and educated through MS degree in Cleveland, OH; PhD in Missoula, MT; taught in Laredo, TX prior to coming to Boise State in 1973.

What is your career history?

Teaching assistant at John Carroll University and the University of Montana 1966-1971

Instructor in Biology at Laredo Junior College 1971-1973

Assistant Professor in Microbiology & Immunology at Boise State University 1973 – 1976; Visiting Professor Idaho State University Summer 1975

Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biology at BSU 1976-80

Visiting Professor of Microbiology, University of British Columbia 1981-82

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at BSU 1982-2004

Professor Emeritus, Boise State University 2004-present

What hobbies do you enjoy?

Woodworking, specifically Scroll saw cutting of Fretwork, Intarsia, and Segmentation. Gardening. Swimming. Working on a memoir. Photo scrapbooking.

What are you doing to occupy your time during the stay-at-home order?

Sheltering in place and working on overdue home-based projects. Lots of yard work and early planting. Below are four pictures of projects I have recently completed in my shop.

Wooden leopard

Wooden T-Rex Wooden hawk Wooden dinosaur