Gary Floyd Wins Award
Published on September 08, 1993
GARY FLOYD AWARDED DARBAKER PRIZE COLUMBUS -- Gary L. Floyd, dean of the College of Biological Sciences at The Ohio State University, was awarded the prestigious Darbaker Prize at the recent national meeting of the Botanical Society of America in Ames, Iowa. The award recognized Floyd for both "meritorious work in the study of microscopic algae" and numerous significant contributions to phycological research on microscopic algae and to education in phycology (the study of algae). The Darbaker Prize has been given annually since 1955 to phycologists who are at the top of their field and whose published papers during the past two years are judged outstanding. Floyd, of UPPER ARLINGTON, has been a faculty member in the Department of Plant Biology (formerly Botany) since 1975 and dean of the College of Biological Sciences since 1989. He continues to teach both graduate and undergraduate classes and to conduct a highly productive research program. He earned his bachelor's degree in the State College of Iowa (now the University of Northern Iowa) in 1962, his master's degree at the University of Oklahoma, and his doctorate at Miami University. Floyd does research on the systematics and evolution of green algae, including forerunners to land plants. Most of his work has involved using an electron microscope to examine cellular details of the reproductive and motile cells of green algae. In recent years, he has begun to use molecular techniques to explore these areas in collaboration with Paul Fuerst, associate professor of molecular genetics. Peter Siver of Connecticut College and member of the Darbaker Prize Selection Committee said, "Many of the past winners of this award were pioneers in the field. It is very competitive. Gary Floyd could have won any time in the last 15 years. He has done some really fine work." Floyd is one of the few people to have won both of Ohio State's most prestigious faculty awards -- the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1980 and the Distinguished Scholar Award in 1982. Floyd acknowledged the valuable role played by his collaborators: Shin Watanabee of Japan, Lee Wilcox of Wisconsin, Paul Fuerst of Ohio State, Dorothy Chappell of Wheaton College, Charles O'Kelly of New Hampshire, and Louise Lewis of Duke University. # Contact: Gary Floyd, 292-1627. [Submitted by: REIDV (email@example.com) Wed, 08 Sep 93 13:16:13 EST] All documents are the responsibility of their originator.