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College of Arts and Sciences|Diamond Jubilee -- 75th Anniversary

Jack S. States

Bachelor of Arts - 1964, Master of Science - 1966 - Botany and Biology

"My experiences in the UW College of Arts and Sciences were responsible for much of the success of a small-town (Saratoga) hayseed in a highly competitive, professional world," says Jack States, an expert in mycology (the study of fungi) and ecology.

States completed a PhD in botany with an emphasis in mycology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. After graduating from the Canadian university, he taught biology at Laramie High School and worked as a research associate in botany at UW. In 1970, be moved to Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff, where he is now a professor and assistant chairman of the Department of Biology. In 1992, he was named a NAU Distinguished Teacher-Scholar and, in 1993, a Distinguished Professor of its College of Arts and Sciences. He is widely known for his expertise on the fungal ecology of the southwest, and has written three books and numerous articles for scientific journals in his Geld. He has been Director of the Southwest Regional and National Board of Directors of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, and president of its NAU Chapter. He was 1992-93 President of the NAU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. When States thinks back on his UW days, he recalls "an overwhelming sense of belonging, loyalty, and pride, not just fun times pike shaving the heads of CSU students caught trying to steal Cowboy Joe), but also challenging times with the faculty and course work. More than events, I remember individual professors because they provided a sense of belonging through their concern. William Solheim retrieved me from the College of Education to pursue a career in science, Henry Northen provided financial support, and Martha Christensen motivated me to become a teacher-scholar in the sciences.

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