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Press Release for Thursday, April 28, 2016

UNF Biology Professor Awarded Terry Presidential Professorship

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

Dr. John Hatle, a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of North Florida, has been selected as the recipient of the Terry Presidential Professorship.

This professorship was designed in honor of UNF President John Delaney to recognize faculty achievements through the support of outstanding scholars. Hatle joins Drs. Kenneth Laali, Lee Gasparov, Greg Ahearn, Andy Buchwalter, David Courtwright, Tom Pekarek and Gary Smart as the University’s eighth presidential professor.

“John is an accomplished member of our very prestigious Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Dr. Earle Traynham, UNF provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “He has an active record of significant scholarship accomplishments that has placed him as a leader in the research area of physiology of aging and reproduction.”

Hatle, a Southside resident, will receive a $7,500 stipend for the professorship and one course release each academic year. The professorship, effective in July, carries a full-term appointment of three years. Financial support for this award was established through the generosity and support of the Mary Virginia Terry family.

A UNF faculty member since 2003, Hatle’s research interests include the effects of reproduction and diet on lifespan in insects. The regulation of lifespan is a basic question in biology, and understanding how aging occurs may have implications for health care.

He has had numerous scholarly articles published and has received the UNF Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award. He has also received research funding from several institutions, including the National Institute on Aging and the National Science Foundation, to name a few.

Additionally, Hatle has mentored a number of undergraduate and graduate research students during the course of his UNF career and serves as a mentor for faculty members from under-represented minorities in science. As a member of the American Aging Association and the Entomological Society of America, Hatle earned his doctorate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and his bachelor’s degree from Luther College.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.