Hiram College

The J.J. Turner Society will induct seniors who have majored or minored in the life sciences at its annual meeting on April 7, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Distinguished alumna Katherine Mautz Kocan, Ph.D. ’68 will receive the annual J.J. Turner Award for her outstanding work in veterinary science research.

Kocan is an Oklahoma State University Regents Professor in the department of veterinary pathobiology, and holds the Walter R. Sitlington Endowed Chair in Food Animal Research Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University. Kocan’s research in veterinary pathobiology focuses on the impact of ticks on livestock, with emphasis on the diseases they carry that impact cattle health. While on Hiram’s campus, she will attend selected classes and give an address at a college convocation at 12 p.m. on April 8 in the Kennedy Center Ballroom. Her address will be “The Role of Research in Veterinary Medicine.”

The J.J. Turner Society is named in honor of J. Jesse Turner, professor of biology, 1904-1950. Professor Turner helped establish the national reputation of Hiram College for excellence in the sciences. Membership in the Turner Society is granted to all graduates of Hiram College who majored or minored in biology, biochemistry, biomedical humanities or neuroscience, or to graduates who have gone on to advanced study and/or careers in the biological sciences and medicine.

For more information or to make a reservation for the event, contact Vi McCarty at Mccartyvl@hiram.edu or call 330.569.5276.