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Hemmes elected to top post of the Mycological Society of America

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Date: Monday, September 12, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Dr. Don Hemmes, professor of biology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo , recently was elected by the Mycological Society of America to serve this year as vice president, next year as president elect, and in the third year as its president. He will give his presidential address at the 2008 meetings at Pennsylvania State University.

Hemmes has served on a number of committees within the Society, including the Awards and Grants Committee, the Annual Lecturer Committee and the Endowment Committee. He has been awarded the W. H. Weston Award for Teaching Excellence in Mycology by the Society in 1986 and was named a Fellow of the Society in 2004 in recognition of his service to the Society and his extensive research on Hawaiian fungi.

This past August, Hemmes served as the local coordinator of the joint meetings of the Mycological Society of America and Mycological Society of Japan on the UH Hilo campus. Over 450 mycologists representing 30 countries attended the meetings.

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