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02/16/2012

Texas Tech University professor awarded high honor



Heather Whitlaw accepts the Henry S. Mosby Award on behalf of Warren Ballard, Ph.D.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Warren Ballard, Ph.D., of Texas Tech University, was honored with the prestigious Henry S. Mosby Award at the NWTF’s 36th annual National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn.

Unfortunately, Ballard passed away January 12 before he could receive the award. Accepting on his behalf was his wife Heather Whitlaw.

“Warren Ballard has shown unequaled dedication to conservation, wild turkeys and other species of wildlife throughout his career. His groundbreaking research in land use and the effects on habitat added greatly to our understanding of wildlife management,” said James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., NWTF’s chief conservation officer. “His recent passing was a truly sad note for his family and many colleagues, but the researchers and graduate students Ballard mentored and supported will carry on his conservation legacy for generations to come.”

For more than 40 years, Warren Ballard dedicated his career to conservation. He was a Horn Professor and Bricker Chair at Texas Tech University in the Wildlife Management Department. A Horn professorship is the highest honor a faculty member can receive from Texas Tech University. He also served as editor-in-chief of The Wildlife Society Bulletin, an international scientific journal for wildlife scientists.

In 2009, Ballard received the Outstanding Research Award from Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society in 2007.

Ballard was named a Wildlife Society Fellow by the National Wildlife Society in 2005, and was presented the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award at Texas Tech University in 2002. He was presented a special service recognition award from the Wildlife Society that same year.

The Mosby Award is named for Henry S. Mosby, Ph.D., whose research during the mid-1900s set the standard for wild turkey management. He also helped found The Wildlife Society and won its highest honor — the Aldo Leopold Medal.

Each year at the NWTF National Convention and Sport Show, the NWTF presents many awards to dedicated conservationists from all over North America. MidwayUSA was this year’s official convention sponsor.

Visit the NWTF website for more information about the Henry S. Mosby Award or other convention highlights.

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