Fennessy and Schumacher win Tomsich Science Awards

Assistant Professor of Biology Siobhan Fennessy and Associate Professor of Physics Benjamin Schumacher received Robert J. Tomsich Science Awards at the College's recent Honors Day Convocation.

Established in 1995 by Cleveland, Ohio, businessman Robert Tomsich, a long-time Kenyon trustee, the cash award is given in recognition of scientific excellence in past and current research, contributions to the strength of research efforts at the College, and promise of continuing creative leadership in such endeavors.

Fennessy specializes in botany and ecosystem ecology. Her research focuses on saving what remains of Ohio's decimated wetlands. Co-author of Wetland Plants: Biology and Ecology, she worked for five years at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency before joining the Kenyon faculty in 1998. She holds a bachelor of science degree and a doctorate from the Ohio State University.

Schumacher is considered a world leader in the field of quantum information theory, an area that explores how atoms, electrons, and other microscopic particles behave. This spring, he won the Quantum Communication Award, considered the premier scientific honor in the field. A Kenyon faculty member since 1988, he holds a bachelor's degree from Hendrix College and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.