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Dr. Jeff Todd Titon

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Dr. Lee Anne Willson

Dr. Lee Anne Willson

Mary Jane Jacob

Mary Jane Jacob

Dr Thomas Schmickl

Dr Thomas Schmickl

Dr Jennings Bryant

Dr Jennings Bryant

Dr Molly Faries

Dr Molly Faries

Dr Phillip Rhodes

Dr Phillip Rhodes

Dr Graham Leonard

Dr. Graham Leonard

Dr Ivars Peterson

Ivars Peterson

Dr. Jeff Todd Titon

Dr. Jeff Todd Titon

Dr. Lee Anne Willson

Dr. Lee Anne Willson

Mary Jane Jacob

Mary Jane Jacob

Dr Thomas Schmickl

Dr Thomas Schmickl

Dr Jennings Bryant

Dr Jennings Bryant

Dr Molly Faries

Dr Molly Faries

Dr Phillip Rhodes

Dr Phillip Rhodes

Dr Graham Leonard

Dr. Graham Leonard

Dr Ivars Peterson

Ivars Peterson

In 1994, the Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric, and Science was named in honor of an individual who has continuously supported the university over many years. This chair helps to bridge the gap in academia between the sciences, the arts, and the humanities disciplines.

Chairholders serve for one semester, or the equivalent, allowing a number of individuals from a variety of fields to participate over time. The primary duties of the chairholder are to teach two courses, typically one undergraduate and one graduate, and to present four public lectures/performances.

     
Member

Department Term
Matt McBee Psychology 2015-17
Martha Michieka Literature and Language 2015-17
Vanessa Mayoraz Art & Design 2015-17
Esther Park Music 2016-18
Robert Beeler Mathematics and Statistics 2016-18
Eileen Ernenwein Geosciences 2016-18
 Aruna Kilaru Biology 2016-18

Nominations are solicited from faculty during the spring semester; notification is distributed to the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences via e-mail. A nomination should consist of a letter of nomination and the nominee's CV. The letter should justify the choice, with emphasis on how the individual would contribute to the interdisciplinary nature of the position, and should address
his/her public speaking and ability to interact with students. It will be assumed that the nominator has consulted with the individual and determined that he/she would be interested in the position, should it be offered.

Karl Hasenstein

Prof. Karl Heinz Hasenstein

Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence in the Arts, Rhetoric and Science 

Dr. Karl H Hasenstein is an Endowed Professor and Slemco/LEQSF Regents Professor of Science, Department of Biology at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is a world-class Gravitational Plant Biologist with wide-range of scientific and artistic interests. 

Dr. Hasenstein grew up in a little town in Germany and attended the University of the Saarland in Saarbrücken. He studied Biology, Physics, and Chemistry and received his diploma (equivalent to M.S.) in 1977. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1982, he worked as post-doc in the laboratories of David Rayle (San Diego State University) and Michael Evans (Ohio State University) before accepting a faculty position at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1988. Dr. Hasenstein is a recipient of “Distinguished Professor Award” from ULL in 1999, "Chance Endowed Professorship in Biology" in 2007 and “Slemco/LEQSF Regents Professor of Science” in 2015. 

Dr. Hasenstein’s background in Physics and Chemistry, in addition to Biology enabled him to become a unique, interdisciplinary scientist. He and his team of scientists have been participating in the Life Sciences program at NASA for three decades. Although, a decade worth of research that led to a flight experiment was lost with the Columbia shuttle, Dr. Hasenstein continued his studies on parabolic flights and a Space-X3 flight. He trained more than 15 graduate students and seven postdoctoral researchers; his research work was presented in more than 180 talks or posters; he gave more than 60 lectures at national and international venues. He received more than six million dollars in grant support from NASA, NSF and DOE and published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. Among other things, Dr. Hasenstein was the recipient of 2009 Founder's Award, from American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (the highest award given by the society) and served as an Editor for COSPAR Advances in Space Research; he is currently Associate Editor for Life Sciences in Space Research. 

As a free-lance photographer, Dr. Hasenstein used his artistic talent extensively in science. During his time as a Basler Chair, he will present a series of four public lectures reflecting a general theme of “Creativity – Bridges between Arts and Science.” His lectures will explore various aspects of biology that depend on creative problem solving, and outline the journey of an engaged scientist.

Click here to listen to a recent interview with Dr. Karl Hasenstein.  

Past Basler Chairholders*

2016

Dr. Jeff Todd Titon (spring 2016)

2015

Dr. Lee Anne Willson (fall 2015)

2014

Vacant

2013

Mary Jane Jacob (fall 13/spring 14)

2012

Dr. Thomas Schmickl (fall 2012)

2011

Dr. Jennings Bryant (fall 2011)

2011

Dr. Jennings Bryant (fall 2011)

2010

Dr. Molly Faries (fall 2010)

2009

Dr. Phillip Rhodes (fall 2009)

2008

Dr. Graham Leonard (spring 2009)

2007

Ivars Peterson (spring 2008)

2006

Dr. George Kampis (spring 2007)

2002

Dr. John Shelton Reed (fall semester)

2001

Dr. Anne LaBastille (fall semester)

2000

Dr. George Gale (fall semester)

1999

Lisa Alther (fall semester)

1999

Patrick Cronin (spring semester)

1998

Coramae Richey Mann

1996

John Bowers (fall semester)

*Created in 1994 but no chairholder chosen until 1996

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