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November 19, 2000


Former Lawrence resident wins biology award

Emily Moriarty received a biology award in Kansas at the 27th annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society on Oct. 21-22 in Kansas City, Mo.

Moriarty, a former Lawrence resident and current graduate student at the University of Texas in Austin, was awarded $1,000 as recipient of The Suzanne L. & Joseph T. Collins Award for Excellence in Kansas Herpetology. She earned the award for her 1998 work on western chorus frogs.

Two other individuals with Kansas University ties also earned honors at the meeting. Along with Margaret Stewart of Manhattan, Keith Coleman was named a recipient of The Big Croaker Awards. According to the society, the $100 prize rewards the most diligent participants in the Kansas Amphibian Monitoring Program administered by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

Eric Rundquist, animal science technician at KU, won the Bronze Salamander Award, the highest recognition given by the society for distinguished service.

KU program receives grant for new center

Kansas University's Research and Training Center on Independent Living is receiving a five-year, $2.5 million federal grant for a new center focused on helping people with disabilities to participate fully in society.

Starting Jan. 1, the money will fund a new Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Full Participation in Independent Living, which will be part of the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies.

The National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services of the U.S. Department of Education, is providing the grant.

Glen White, KU associate professor of human development and family life, will serve as principal investigator for the new center.

More information is available from the Research and Training Center on Full Participation in Independent Living, Kansas University, 1000 Sunnyside Ave., Lawrence 66045-7555; (785) 864-4095.

Lawrence resident gets writing fellowship

Laura Moriarty, Lawrence, has been selected as the 33rd recipient of the George Bennett Writing Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Moriarty will spend a year as writer-in-residence at the academy, working on her first novel, a coming-of-age story set in Lawrence. The first two chapters already have been published in Cottonwood literary magazine.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Kansas University in 1993 and a master's degree in 1999. As a student, Moriarty was coordinator of the Minority Writers Program and worked as a graduate teaching assistant in creative writing.

The George Bennett Fellowship was established in 1969 to honor Bennett, a 1923 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H., and instructor in the academy's English department from 1929 to 1965. The intention of the fellowship is to provide time and freedom from material considerations to a person seriously contemplating or pursuing a career as a writer.

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