A Farewell

Raymond Heithaus '68 P'99
Jordan Professor of Environmental Science and executive director of the Brown Family Environmental Center
Year he came to Kenyon: 1980
Areas of expertise: Ecology of mutualism, evolution
of sex ratios, emergent behaviors of social insects
career highlights: Heithaus was a co?founder of the Brown Family Environmental Center and will continue to work with the center on a part?time basis. He was recognized by the State of Ohio for his efforts in having the Kokosing declared a State Scenic River. He wrote the proposal for the Summer Science Scholars program in 1983. In 1994, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Heithaus was a founder of the Environmental Studies Concentration and editor of the scientific journal Biotropica, which was published at Kenyon for seventeen years.

Michael P. Levine

Samuel B. Cummings Jr. Professor of Psychology
Year he came to Kenyon: 1979
Areas of expertise: Abnormal psychology, personality psychology, eating disorders, body image
career highlights: Along with two of his Kenyon colleagues, Levine made Kenyon a hub of world-class research in the area of eating disorders and body image. A Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), in 2006 he received the Meehan-Hartley Award for Leadership in Public Awareness and Advocacy from the AED. Co-editor of two books on eating disorders and frequently quoted in national publications, Levine was known as a gifted teacher and won a 2003 Trustee Teaching Excellence Award.

Jean Blacker
Professor of French
Year she came to Kenyon: 1985
Areas of expertise: Medieval French Literature
career highlights: Blacker has published three books, served as secretary-treasurer of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society, is the editor of Encomia (journal of the International Courtly Literature Society), and is a member of the editorial boards of Arthuriana and Romance Quarterly. The first recipient of the James Randall Leader Award for best article in Arthuriana in 1996, she was awarded an NEH summer stipend in 2007 and received a GLCA Pathways to Learning Collegium grant. At Kenyon, she had the rare opportunity to teach Old French literature at the undergraduate level, and she taught the first Francophone literature courses offered at the College.
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