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RICHARD LENSKI - John Hannah Distinguished Professor of Microbial Ecology, Michigan State University
Richard Lenski studies the genetic mechanisms and ecological processes that cause evolution. For 28 years he and his team have studied 12 populations of bacteria as they have evolved in the laboratory for over 64,000 generations. Prof. Lenski has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
The Collins Pine Company established the Gene Knudson Lectures in Molecular Genetics in 1983 as a way to honor Gene Knudson for his many years of service to the company as a director. Knudson was intimately involved in the planning progress to develop programs in molecular genetics and materials science at Oregon State University. Creating this lectureship was seen by the University as a fitting way to pay tribute to Knudson and to help develop programs that would be beneficial to the entire state of Oregon.