Pure Grass
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Afoot and Lighthearted
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About Bruce Noll

I currently teach in the Department of Educational Leadership and Organizational Learning in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico. My academic interests lie in communication processes as they apply to teaching and learning. I am also interested in the orality of literature and oral interpretive arts.

Outside interests include the study of Walt Whitman's life and poetry as well as the field of entomology. The Whitman interest led to PURE GRASS, and to a program entitled "Walt Whitman's America," offered through the New Mexico Humanities Council, a Chautauqua performance.

In the late 1980's I became increasingly interested in the world of insects and began to read about, observe and study this amazing fauna. I took a few courses in entomology "for fun" at the University of Arizona and later at the University of New Mexico. Before long I had my own microscope and lab set up at home and now have a labeled collection of a few thousand species. A few years ago I had the joy of team teaching a college course in entomology.

I write poetry and some of my works have appeared in the American Entomologist, Journal of the American Medical Association, The HMS Beagle , Christian Century, Manzanita Quarterly, South Dakota Magazine, Nebraska Life, English Journal, Lunarosity, and others.

I am married and have three children and five grandchildren. When not in my office I am often hiking around the high deserts and mountains of New Mexico, usually with an insect net in hand, sometimes reciting Leaves of Grass to the trees and cacti.

I hold degrees from the University of South Dakota (Adult and Higher Education, Ed. D.); The University of Hawaii (Communication, M. A.); and the University of Idaho (Mass Communications, B. S.).

Email: Bruce Noll