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This Year’s Distinguished Scholar Award

The 2023 Distinguished Scholar Award recipient is Rebecca W. (Becky) Dolan

Rebecca W. (Becky) Dolan is retired from Butler University where she served as the Director of the Friesner Herbarium from 1991-2018.  Though retired, she continues to work with the University on its Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability, conducting research in urban ecology and serving on the Advisory Board. Becky was president of the Indiana Academy of Science in 1999, was awarded the status of Fellow in 2000, and was presented with the Distinguished Service Award in 2018.

As the Director of the Friesner Herbarium, Becky led the online digitization of the herbarium specimens via the Indiana Plant Atlas.  Her work in conservation biology includes quantitative work on rare plants and plant communities including Silene regia in prairies, and she is considered an expert in the genetics of rare plants.  Becky’s work has earned recognition through nearly $1 million in grant funds, 40 publications in a variety of journals, and 45 posters or oral presentations (including 15 at the Academy).

The Indiana Academy of Science is proud to recognize Rebecca W. (Becky) Dolan as the 2023 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award!


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