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OSAC Director elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Stevan J. Arnold is elected into the American Academy of Arts & Science.  Dr. Arnold has served as the Director for the Oregon State Arthropod Collection for a number of years.  Although trained as a Herpetologist and known for his research on evolutionary biology of snakes - Dr. Arnold was given the Directorship after it was vacated in 2004. 

Although not an entomologist, Dr. Arnold played an incredibly important role during a critical transitional time for the OSAC.  In 2003, the OSU Department of Entomology was dissolved, and the collection was transferred to the OSU Zoology Department.  Dr. Arnold, along with then Zoology Department Chair: Dr. John Ruben, took actions to ensure the long term financial and institutional stability of the valuable resource.

Dr. Arnold oversaw the hiring of the first fill time, professional Curator/Collections Manager to oversee both the daily operations and bring the museum up to current modern standards of curation.  Dr. Arnold also worked hard to ensure that the collection maintained its financial and institutional support from both the College of Science and College of Agricultural Sciences.

This year, Dr. Arnold oversaw the search and hiring of his predecessor: the new Harold & Leona Rice Endowed Professor of Systematic Entomology, Dr. David Maddison.  Dr. Maddison will take over the OSAC directorship in September, 2009.  But we can't thank Dr. Arnold enough for all his hard work and leadership. 

Congratulations on your recent award! 

 

you can read the actual press release here: PRESS RELEASE