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Kasling Lecture, Hagan Award recipients announced

Dr. William Brown, a member of the Department of Biology faculty since 2001, has been named the Kasling Lecturer for the 2013-2014 academic year and will present the Kasling address on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall. Timothy Frerichs, associate professor of art in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media, will receive the 2013 William T. Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award at the same program.

“Extraordinary Insect Behavior” is the title of the presentation to be given by Brown, whose work on the courtship of praying and Chinese mantises was featured in a New York Times article. He was also interviewed and quoted in the Discovery News article, “Virile Cricket Hits Copulation Record.”

Together with Department of Biology colleague Dr. Theodore Lee, Brown spearheaded a successful Geonomic Education Matching grant from LI-COR Biosciences, Inc., for the purchase of a DNA analysis system. Brown received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, an M.S. from Arizona State University and undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University. He is also a former recipient of the William T. Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award.

The Kasling Lecturer designation recognizes a faculty member for outstanding achievement in scholarship or artistic performance which has enhanced the reputation of the university. It is named for Dr. Robert Kasling, professor of geography at SUNY Fredonia from 1946 to 1966.

Frerichs, who joined SUNY Fredonia in 2006, specializes in drawing, printmaking and painting. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Fulbright awards, a Netherlands-America Foundation Cultural Grant, a United States Embassy award, three New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Strategic Opportunity Stipend grants and a USA Artist project grant. Drawings, installations, prints and artist books by Frerichs have been exhibited nationally and internationally. He formerly served as associate professor of art and chair of the art department at Central College in Iowa. Frerichs earned Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Iowa and an undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

The Hagan Young Artist/Scholar Award is named in honor of the late SUNY Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus William T. Hagan, an eminent scholar specializing in the history of the American Indian and a former chair and acting vice president for Academic Affairs at Fredonia. The award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding recent achievements in research or creativity.

posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 1:29 PM by Christine Davis Mantai

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