Hiram College

Turner Society Award Recipients

Since its inception, the annual meeting has featured speakers recognized for their work in the life sciences both nationally and internationally. Several Hiram faculty members have also been recognized as awardees. Each featured speaker has presented a talk giving an overview of her or his work and contributions to the respective field. Each awardee also receives a certificate of membership and a plaque to honor the event.

A list of awardees and their areas of expertise, along with selected brief biographies follows.

1987 Carl Pochedly, M.D., 1952 Physician; childhood Leukemia: A Model Cure of Cancer
1988 Mary Walser, D.V.M., 1969 Veterinarian at the University of Minnesota
1989 Allyn Vine., 1936 Designer of the Alvin, a submersible vessel used for underwater exploration
1989 Dwight Berg, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Biology
1990 Bruce Taylor, Ph.D., 1964 Professor of Biochemical Engineering at the University of Akron; past president of the Turner Society
1991 Lance Liotta, Ph.D., 1969 Scientist at the National Institutes of Health with expertise in proteomics related to cancer, faculty member at George Mason University, and co-founder of Theranostics Health, LCC
1992 Robin Reed, Ph.D., 1979 Cell and molecular biology, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard University; gene expression and coupling of gene expression networks; recent interests in motor neuron diseases
1993 Joseph Denham, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
1994 No meeting was held out of respect for Professor Bill Laughner who died March 15, 1994
1995 William J. Laughner, Ph.D. Professor of Biology (posthumous awardee)
1995 Norman Kelker, Ph.D., 1961 Biochemist; associate professor of microbiology at the New York University School of Medicine; Senior VP of Enzo Biochem Inc.; member of the Corporate Advisory Board of the Dolan DNA Learning Center (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) a science center devoted to genetics education
1996 Donna Arndt-Jovin, Ph.D., 1963 Professor of Molecular Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Gottingen, Germany) specializing in chromatin structure
1997 Denis S. Case, M.A., 1967 Wildlife biologist with Ohio Department of Natural Resources;directed reintroduction of river otters to Ohio streams and rivers.
1998 James H. Barrow, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus – Founder of the J.H. Barrow Field Station
1999 Sarah Elizabeth Frey, Ph.D., 1941 Research and professional interests in conservation and the environment; studied extensively with Aldo Leopold at University of Wisconsin; researcher at Indiana University in limnology; longtime advocate for and volunteer with environmental organizations; taught labs at Hiram as a student under supervision of Prof. J.J. Turner
2000 Walter Rea Knight, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Biology and Psychology – Initiated the major in Psychobiology; spearheaded the establishment of the Hiram College Northwoods campus and its summer programs
2001 Robert W. Cruden, Ph.D., 1958 Professor of plant ecology, evolution and reproduction, University of Iowa
2002 No award was made as guidelines and organization were under revision
2003 Jane Green Schaller, M.D., 1956 Pediatrician, social activist, founding president of Physicians for Human Rights, president of the International Pediatric Association, Pediatrician-in-Chief of the Floating Hospital for Infants and Children, on faculties of Harvard Medical School, New England School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
2004 George M. Owen, M.D., 1951 Pediatrician, known for his research on iron nutrition in young children, established initial standards of nutrition for pre-school children in U.S.; oversaw industrial studies as Medical Director at Bristol-Myers International Group; held teaching appointments at University of Iowa, Ohio State University, University of New Mexico, University of Michigan; extensive publications; recognized by several national academies and research organizations.
2005 Rob Ferl, Ph.D., 1976 Professor in Department of Horticulture at the University of Florida; research areas include plant genetics, biochemistry, plant physiology, plants in space
2006 Gerald M. Kidder, Ph.D., 1966 Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Western Ontario; cell and molecular biology as related to developmental biology
2007 Prudence Hall, Ph.D. Professor Emerita, Departments of Biology and Chemistry, Biochemistry
2008 Sally Ramsey, 1974 Chemist, founder of Akron-based Ecology Coatings, Inc., VP for Product Development; use of UV light to form coatings for vvarious substances, including plastics and metals
2009 Susan Kleiner, Ph.D., 1979 Nutritionist; co-founder and co-CEO of Vynna, LLC, and the owner of High Performance Nutrition, LLC, a consulting firm in Mercer Island, Washington
2010 Katherine Kocan, Ph.D., 1968 Veterinary pathology, specifically tick-borne diseases; University of Oklahoma Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
2011 Joseph Fernandez, M.S., 1982 Founder of Invitrogen Corporation, subsequently founded Active Motif, a company providing tools for examining gene expression and epigenetics
2012 Bart Walter, B.A., 1980 Sculptor, internationally recognized for his lifelike sculptures of scenes from nature; uses his biology background in observing organisms and translating what he sees into a 3-D sculptures
2013 Joyce DeYoung, Ph.D. 1969 Pharmaceutical researcher, holds patents on drugs for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis; VP of L.A. DeYoung Consulting Services, focus on quality control and manufacturing issues
2014 Harry John Visser, DPM, 1974 Podiatrist, teacher, director of Residency Training in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, Missouri)

Lauren Lanphear ‘79

Matt Hils, Ph.D. (professor of biology -awarded posthumously)

2016 William Goldner, Ph.D., ‘78  
2017 Mary C. Garvin, Ph.D., ‘86  
2018 Dr. Thomas R. Platt, Ph.D., ’71, Professor Emeritus, Saint Mary’s College
2019 Stephanie Lammlein `96, Founding Chief Administrative Officer of Bio-Med Science Academy in Rootstown, OH
2020 Dennis J. Taylor, Ph.D. `73, Distinguished Professor of International Grants, Professor Emeritus of Biology