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CNAH Awards
The Suzanne L. and Joseph T. Collins Award for Excellence in Kansas Herpetology

General Conditions of The Collins Award
Because of a substantial seed grant from Westar Energy, Topeka, Kansas, this Award was established by the Board of Directors of The Center for North American Herpetology (CNAH) in 1997 as a trust in perpetuity in recognition of the scientific and photographic achievements of Suzanne L. Collins and Joseph T. Collins, whose life-long study and conservation of the native amphibians, turtles, and reptiles of Kansas is amply demonstrated in their extensive and excellent writings and photography, both academic and popular, about these animals.

The Award shall be known as the
Suzanne L. and Joseph T. Collins Award for Excellence in Kansas Herpetology

The Collins Award, if a qualified recipient is identified, shall be presented once each year, and may not be divided, but must be presented in full to a single individual. The recipient of The Collins Award shall be chosen by the Kansas Herpetological Society, and the amount of the award shall be presented to the recipient by CNAH, in accordance with an agreement between these two entities. To receive The Collins Award, the recipient must be present at the annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society.

Specifications of The Collins Award
In even-numbered years, The Collins Award shall be bestowed upon an individual who, in the preceding two calendar years, accomplished the following:
Had published a paper of academic excellence on the systematics, ecology, or conservation of a native species of Kansas amphibian(s), turtles(s), and/or reptile(s) in the Journal of Kansas Herpetology, Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, Herpetological Review, or the Journal of Herpetology, and/or presented a lecture of excellence on the systematics, ecology, or conservation of a native species of Kansas amphibian(s), turtle(s) and/or reptile(s) on the occasion of the annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society. To qualify for The Collins Award, a portion of the field work or observations must have occurred in Kansas, or the systematic data must have been based in part on Kansas specimens.

In odd-numbered years, The Collins Award shall be bestowed upon an individual who accomplished the following:
Was chosen the best in a juried competition featuring the art of photography in portraying amphibians, turtles, and/or reptiles, said competition to take place under the auspices and on the occasion of the November annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society. To qualify for The Collins Award, the art work must portray species native to Kansas.

Recipients of The Suzanne L. and Joseph T. Collins Award for Excellence in Kansas Herpetology

1998
Travis W. Taggart
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas

1999
Gregory A. Sievert
Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas

2000
Emily C. Moriarty
University of Texas, Austin

2001
Daniel D. Fogell
University of Nebraska, Omaha

2002
John F. Cavitt
Kansas State University, Manhattan

2003
Larry L. Miller
Northern Hills Junior High School, Topeka, Kansas

2004
Dwight R. Platt
Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas

2005
Larry L. Miller
Northern Hills Junior High School, Topeka, Kansas

2006
Henry S. Fitch
The University of Kansas

2007
J. Daren Riedle
West Texas A and M University, Canyon

2008
Dustin J. Wilgers
Kansas State University, Manhattan

2009
Paul Rodriguez
University of Nebraska, Omaha

2010
George R. Pisani
Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence

2011
Gregory A. Sievert
Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas

2012
William J. House
Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas

2013
Curtis J. Schmidt
Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Hays, Kansas

2014
Walter Meshaka
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The Center for North American Herpetology is grateful to the following, whose financial contributions made The Collins Award possible:

Corporate Contributor
JTC Enterprises, Lawrence, Kansas
Stevens and Brand, L.L.P., Lawrence, Kansas
Touchstone Energy, Washington, D. C.
Westar Energy, Topeka, Kansas

Individual Contributor
Adler, Kraig, Ithaca, New York
Anderson, Pat and John, Lawrence, Kansas
Barry, Sean, Davis, California
Brand, John W., Lawrence, Kansas
Brunfeldt, Joan, Lawrence, Kansas
Brunson, Ken and Lee Ann, Pratt, Kansas
Capps, Lee and Lois, Lawrence, Kansas
Casper, Gary, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Chaffee, David and Pamela, Lecompton, Kansas
Clay Blair, Overland Park, Kansas
Collicott, Sheila F., Charlotte Hall, Maryland
Collins, Jeffrey George, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Collins, Jerry and Kay, Cincinnati, Ohio
Combes, Hannes, Lawrence, Kansas
Creque, Terry R., Springfield, Virginia
Cross, Frank and Marie, Lawrence, Kansas
Cumberland, Carol and Harry, Wichita, Kansas
Debicki, Andrew, Lawrence, Kansas
Edwards, Carrol and Virgie, Lawrence, Kansas
Elmore, John and Rosie, Lawrence, Kansas
Gallagher, Patricia, Prairie Village, Kansas
Green, Nancy and Jerry, Knoxville, Tennessee
Greer, Allen E., Kings Cross, Australia
Haack, Paul and Maggie, Columbia Heights, Minnesota
Hatton, Donald and Carol, Lawrence, Kansas
Hayes, John, Topeka, Kansas
Herman, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A., Linwood, Kansas
Howard, Doug and Judy, St. Joseph, Missouri
Hornyak, Valerie, Toldeo, Ohio
Huelsmann, Martin J. and Shirley A., Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky
Illg, Susan, Lenexa, Kansas
Irwin, Kelly J., College Station, Texas
Ivy, Deanna, Grand Prairie, Texas
Johnson, Robert, Lawrence, Kansas
Johnston, Richard F. and Lora Lee, Lawrence, Kansas
Kamb, Al, Lawrence, Kansas
McEachen, Joann and Gary, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Miller, Suzanne L. and Larry L., Wakarusa, Kansas
Mills, Barbara Nash, Beverly Hills, California
Miltner, Dorothy, Lawrence, Kansas
Moriarty, Emily, Notre Dame, Indiana
Nelick, Kathryn, Lawrence, Kansas
Praeger, Mark and Sandy, Lawrence, Kansas
Raney, Richard, Lawrence, Kansas
Salzberg, Allen S., Forest Hills, New York
Scannell, Dale and Marilyn, Indianapolis, Indiana
Schmidt, David, Kansas City, Missouri
Shaw, Susanne, Lawrence, Kansas
Strawn, Rick, Kansas City, Missouri
Sudlow, Robert and Barbara, Lawrence, Kansas
Tacha, Deanell and John, Lawrence, Kansas
Taggart, Bruce and Germaine, Hays, Kansas
Taggart, Travis W., Hammond, Louisiana
Tarnower, Amy, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Toepfer, Karen, Hays, Kansas
Trouslot, Barbara, Lawrence, Kansas
Van Blaricum, Galenand and Karen, Lawrence, Kansas
Weaver, Chelsea, Salado, Arkansas
Weaver, Randy and Nancy, Salado, Arkansas
Whelan, Richard and Carol, Prairie Village, Kansas
Wildgen, Mike and Linda, Lawrence, Kansas
Wolfe, Carl W., Republican City, Nebraska
Wyatt, Flora and Benji, Lawrence, Kansas
Yetman, Norman and Anne, Lawrence, Kansas

The Joseph B. Slowinski Award for Excellence in Snake Systematics

General Conditions of The Slowinski Award
Because of a substantial contribution from Deutsche Bank (New York City), and the individual contributions by his many friends and colleagues (see below), this Award was established in 2002 by the Board of Directors of The Center for North American Herpetology (CNAH) as a trust in perpetuity in recognition of the scientific achievements of the late Joseph B. Slowinski, whose life-long study on amphibian, chelonian, and reptilian evolution, especially venomous snakes, was amply demonstrated in his extensive academic and popular writings, photography, and scholarship.

Specifications of The Slowinski Award
The Slowinski Award, shall be presented once each year provided a qualified recipient is identified. In the absence of a qualified recipient, no award will be given. The award may not be divided, but must be presented in full, to a single individual (in the case of multiple authors, the first author is automatically the recipient of the award). The recipient of The Slowinski Award will be chosen by a panel of at least three herpetologists, one of which will serve as chair, and which have been selected by the CNAH Board of Directors. The charge to this panel is to select the most significant published contribution to snake systematics worldwide for the award year.

Qualifications of The Slowinski Award
Eligibility for The Slowinski Award is automatic upon the publication of a qualifying manuscript in the previous calendar year. A qualifying manuscript must have undergone peer-review prior to its publication in an English periodical or book. Additionally, the content of the publication must examine the relationships or taxonomic status of any group of snakes. The Slowinski Award panel will have full discretion as to whether a manuscript meets the eligibility requirements.

Enough money has been raised to initiate an endowed trust in perpetuity, and a portion of the interest of the trust will be used to fund the award annually, while the remaining interest will be placed back into the fund.

Additional donations may be sent to:
The Center for North American Herpetology
1502 Medinah Circle
Lawrence, Kansas 66047

Make checks payable to CNAH, and indicate in the remarks section that the donation is toward The Slowinski Award.

Recipients of The Joseph B. Slowinski Award for Excellence in Snake Systematics

2003
Thomas P. Wilcox
The University of Texas, Austin

2004
Simon Creer
The University of Wales, Bangor

2005
Zoltan T. Nagy
University of Heidelberg, Germany

2006
Todd A. Castoe
University of Central Florida, Orlando

2007
Brice P. Noonan
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

2008
Frank T. Burbrink
College of Staten Island/City University of New York

2009
Kate L. Sanders
University of Adelaide, Australia

2010
Christopher M. R. Kelly
Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

2011
Paulo Passos
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

The Center for North American Herpetology is grateful to the following, whose financial contributions made The Slowinski Award possible:

Corporate Contributors
Deutsche Bank - New York, New York
Kansas Herpetological Society - Topeka, Kansas
The Center for North American Herpetology - Lawrence, Kansas
The W. Richard and Winifred W. Bingham Foundation - San Francisco, California

Individual Contributors
Armitage, Steven T. - Kansas City, Missouri
Bales, W. Kenton - Omaha, Nebraska
Beaham, Robert B. - Kansas City, Missouri
Becker, Bryan N. and Yolanda T. - Madison, Wisconsin
Blitt, Rita - Leawood, Kansas
Collins, Jerry and Kay - Cincinnati, Ohio
Collins, Suzanne L. and Joseph T. - Lawrence, Kansas
Curry, William H. and Dorothy F. - Mission Woods, Kansas
DeLong, Lea Rosson - Des Moines, Iowa
Dieringer, Beverly - West Redding, Connecticut
Dillon, Robert and Marjorie - Thomas, West Virginia
Edgar, Howard and Betty - Hutchinson, Kansas
Edgar, Steven K and Rosalia M. L. Gomez-Mozo - Long Island City, New York
Fitch, Henry S. - Lawrence, Kansas
Fletcher, Deborah A. - Boston, Massachusetts
Foltz, Roger E. - Omaha, Nebraska
Francis, J. Scott - Kansas City, Missouri
Harju, Susanna - Kansas City, Missouri
Herman, Adriane K. - Kansas City, Missouri
Jensen, Don A.and Sallie H. - Kansas City, Missouri
Kenepaske, Linda - New York, New York
Kensett, James W. and Lenore B. - Chanute, Kansas
Knight, James and Karin - Aiken, South Carolina
Lambert, Jonathan B. - Kansas City, Missouri
Lokke, John - Omaha, Nebraska
Luther, Marilyn and Tal - Taos, New Mexico
Masterman, Lucy R. - Tucson, Arizona
McFarland, Ruth F. - Kansas City, Missouri
Meshaka, Walter E., Jr. - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Moriarty, Carolyn - Omaha, Nebraska
Moriarty, Emily C. - Austin, Texas
O'Neal, John T. and Patricia L. - Chicago, Illinois
Peters, Dee - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Pipkin, Nick and Kelsey - Topeka, Kansas
Polsky, Steven - San Francisco, California
Pypes, Evelyn L. - Roeland Park, Kansas
Rasmussen, Stanley and Teresa - Overland Park, Kansas
Rosenkrantz, Gail - New York, New York
Ryan, Ann - Hays, Kansas
Scott, John C., Jr. - New York, New York
Slowinski, Ronald J. - Kansas City, Missouri
Taggart, Bruce and Germaine - Hays, Kansas
Taggart, Travis W. - Hays, Kansas
Torrence, Gaylord - Des Moines, Iowa
Van Keppel, G. William - Kansas City, Missouri
Weaver, Chelsea R. - Salado, Arkansas
Whitacre, David - Lisle, Illinois
White, Fifi - Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Wiley, MacKenzie - Hays, Kansas
Williams, Eva - Wichita, Kansas
Windsor, Sean D. - New York, New York
Wurst, Timothy A. and Gwen E. - Denver, Colorado

The George Toland Award for Ecological Research on North American Herpetofauna

General Conditions of The George Toland Award
Because of substantial contributions from Jerry D. Johnson (University of Texas, El Paso), James L. Knight (South Carolina State Museum), and Dan Johnson (Overland Park, Kansas), and individual contributions by their friends and colleagues (see below), The George Toland Award for Ecological Research on North American Herpetofauna was established in 2006 by the Board of Directors of The Center for North American Herpetology (CNAH) as a trust in perpetuity in recognition of the distinguished teaching career of the late George Fredrick Toland (1915–1992), a Salina (Kansas) biology teacher whose life-long field work with young folks in search of amphibians, chelonians, and reptiles was amply demonstrated in his extensive mentoring of the many students whose lives he so profoundly influenced. George was born in St. John, Kansas, on 25 September 1915. He received his Bachelor's Degree from McPherson College (Kansas) and his Master's Degree from Northern Colorado University. George taught school in the following Kansas communities: Canton, Turner, Caldwell, Minneapolis, and Salina. He was a horseman, a teacher, a poet, a writer, an author, a naturalist, a dramatics coach, a football coach, a statistician, a craftsman, a romantic, a photographer, but most of all he was a legend. He died on 15 March 1992 and is buried at his birthplace.

Specifications of The George Toland Award
Currently,The George Toland Award shall be made once each year in November to a qualified student presenting the best talk on the ecology of a North American amphibian, turtle, reptile, or crocodilian at the annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society. The award may not be divided, but must be presented in full, to a single individual (in the case of multiple authors, the speaker is automatically the recipient of the award). The recipient of The George Toland Award will be chosen by a panel of at least three herpetologists, one of which will serve as chair, and which have been selected by the CNAH Board of Directors or its designate.

Enough money has been raised to initiate an endowed trust in perpetuity, and a portion of the interest of the trust will be used to fund the award annually, while the remaining interest will be placed back into the fund.

Additional donations may be sent to:
The Center for North American Herpetology 1502 Medinah Circle Lawrence, Kansas 66047

Make checks payable to CNAH, and indicate in the remarks section that the donation is toward The George Toland Award.

Recipients of The George Toland Award

2008 Steve D. Grant
West Texas A and M University, Canyon, Texas

2009 Emilie Blevins
Kansas State University, Manhattan

2010 Katie Talbott
Fort Hays State University, Kansas

2011 Denise M. Thompson
Missouri State University, Springfield

2012 Alexander J. Anton
University of Nebraska-Omaha

2013 Josh Mead
University of Nebraska, Lincoln

2014 Maya McElfish
Emporia State University, Kansas

The Center for North American Herpetology is grateful to the following, whose financial contributions made The George Toland Award possible:

Corporate Contributors
The McPherson Family Trust - Alpharetta, Georgia

Individual Contributors
Curtis J. Schmidt - Victoria, Kansas
Dan Johnson - Overland Park, Kansas
Deborah J. Keeler - Douglas, Wyoming
James L. Knight - Aiken, South Carolina
Jerry D. Johnson - El Paso, Texas
Joseph T. Collins - Lawrence, Kansas
Patricia J. (Ellis) Perry - Seaford, New York
Rick G. Strawn - Kansas City, Missouri
Robert D. Keeler - Douglas, Wyoming
S. Ross McNearney - Leawood, Kansas
Suzanne L. Collins - Lawrence, Kansas
Travis W. Taggart - Hays, Kansas
Created:2/1/2012 11:53:39 PM
Last Modified:11/12/2014 12:27:26 PM
 


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