Archive for November, 2010

Hurd Elected Fellow in Linnean

W&L Biology Professor Lawrence E. Hurd Elected Fellow in Linnean Society


News Writer
jcline@wlu.edu

Lexington, Virginia • November 9, 2010

Lawrence E. Hurd, the Herwick Professor of Biology at Washington and Lee University, was recently elected as a fellow in the Linnean Society. The Linnean Society, based in London, is the premier professional society for taxonomy and natural history.

The Journal of the Linnean Society is one of the major outlets for publishing natural history and systematics articles. Charles A. Darwin (with A. R. Wallace) first presented his ideas on natural selection to this society, although it is recorded that most of the membership did not at the time fully grasp the importance of his theory.

The Linnean Collections include some original papers of Darwin’s, as well as historically important communications from many other scientists of the day.

Hurd’s membership was initiated by a nomination from Miguel Petrere, a leading Brazilian scientist, whom Hurd had met while doing research in Brazil. The election came after a vote of the current membership.

Hurd joined the Washington and Lee faculty in 1993 as a full professor and served as head of the biology department for 15 years. Previously, he was a professor of biology at the University of Delaware for 20 years. He is currently editor in chief of the Annals of the Entomological Society of America and fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London.

In 2008 he was named to the John T. Herwick, M.D., Professorship in Biology, which was created by Dr. John T. Herwick, W&L Class of 1936, and his wife, Mary T. Herwick, as a memorial to Oscar E. and Edith D. Herwick, Dr. Herwick’s parents. .

Hurd has authored more than 90 publications in journals including Science, American Naturalist, Ecology, Environmental Entomology and Animal Behaviour. He is also co-editor of “The Praying Mantids” (Johns Hopkins Press, 1999).

Hurd’s research interests include tropical biodiversity, indicator species and human coexistence with nature; plant community succession and arthropod consumer diversity; and what regulates predator populations.

A graduate of Hiram College, Hurd received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

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The Price of Sugar: How Much is Too Much

The International House hosted a screening of the film “The Price of Sugar” and followed it with a discussion panel. Panelists included faculty and staff from several departments. Leah Green, Professor of Environmental Studies and English and Laura Henry-Stone, Post-Doctoral Fellow of Environmental Studies were among those discussing how the United State’s sugar protectionism factors into the living conditions of the Haitian sugar cane cutters and the idea that the free trade of sugar could be a possible solution. The mission of the International House is to promote international learning by facilitating interaction and communication between students and members of the W&L community.

Students from Campus Sustainability Audit course attend the AASHE conference

On October 10, 2010, Environmental Studies Professor Laura Henry-Stone and five W&L students went to Denver to attend the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Dr. Henry-Stone, W&L’s ACS Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, is currently teaching an environmental studies special topics course on campus sustainability. Sixteen students are using a new tool, designed by AASHE, called Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) to assess campus sustainability. W&L students Ellie Van Sant, Morten Wendelbo, Courtney Fairbrother, Ned Lundvall, and Lauren Acker attended the AASHE conference with Professor Henry-Stone to learn more about STARS and other campus sustainability initiatives around the country. During the pre-conference session on Sunday afternoon, the students attended a special AASHE student summit and were treated to keynote speaker Gretchen Bleiler, Olympic snowboarder, while Dr. Henry-Stone attended a session on Sustainability in the Curriculum. Upon their return, Ellie, Morten, Courtney, and Ned each visited one of four sections of Introduction to Environmental Studies to present on STARS and the AASHE conference, and Lauren reported on her experience to the education subcommittee of the University Sustainability Committee.