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Lyon College to honor biology professor

Lyon College will honor David Thomas, professor of biology, by naming him the Willie Dillard Bryan Professor of Biology at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the Maxfield Room.

A member of the Lyon College faculty since 1999, Thomas has been one of the College’s most active researchers and grant writers. He has published 12 articles at peer-reviewed journals, including the "International Journal of Astrobiology," "Gravitational and Space Biology," "Plant Physiology" and the "Journal of the British Interplanetary Society," as well as many articles for broader audiences.

Thomas has presented his research at regional and national conferences, including the National Speleological Convention, the Mars Society Convention, the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology and the Western Photosynthesis Conference. 

During his tenure at Lyon, he has served as primary or co-investigator on 34 successful grants, including two large grants from the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. He has involved many of his students in his research lab, several of whom have presented their work at regional undergraduate research conferences and are listed as authors on several published papers.

When he’s not teaching, Thomas advises biology majors and undeclared students and serves as the pre-health professions advisor for nursing, allied science and medical technology. He also serves as president of the Cavers of the Batesville Region of Arkansas (COBRA) Grotto, an official chapter of the National Speleological Society.

Thomas is an avid photographer and is often spotted at Lyon events and around town toting his camera.

The Willie Dillard Bryan Professorship of Biology was established in October 1986 to honor the lives and generosity of Willie Dillard Bryan and her husband, Rountree Caldwell Bryan.

Posted by Alexandra Patrono-Smith at 4:00 PM