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2007.06.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Gretna student to work with UNO biology professor this summer

Omaha - Katherine Lawry has been chosen as one of 36 students who will participate in the 2007 Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program, an innovative education program sponsored by the American Fisheries Society (AFS).  Lawry, a Gretna high school student who just completed her junior year, will be working with her mentor, Richard Stasiak, a University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) biology professor, at the university.

Lawry will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship from AFS.  She and Stasiak will be studying the ecology of several relatively uncommon fish species in the lower Elkhorn and Platte Rivers.

This summer, Hutton Scholars will be working with their mentors in 21 states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. 

The principal goal of the Hutton Program is to stimulate interest in careers in fisheries science and management among underrepresented groups in the fisheries professions, including minorities and women.

Financial support for the 2007 Hutton Program is being provided by the USDA Forest Service, NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and other federal and state organizations.  The program also receives support from several AFS subunits and many AFS individual members.  

For information on the American Fisheries Society and the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program, please visit the AFS Web site at www.fisheries.org, or contact Danielle Hawkins, Hutton Program coordinator, at (301) 897-8616, ext. 213, or hutton@fisheries.org.

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