William Ahern

Dr. William Ahern

Emeritus Professor of Biology & Environmental Engineering

Year Started at GU: 1966
Email: william.ahern@greenville.edu
Education:

Central College, McPherson, KS, Associate of Arts degree, 1959

Emporia Kansas State Univ., Emporia, KS, Bachelor of Science in Ed., major in Biology, 1963

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, Masters of Science, Zoology emphases, 1967

University of Northern Colorado, Greeley CO, Doctor of Arts, Course & Research emphasis in Invertebrate Zoology/Parasitology1975

Eagle Hill Environmental Institute, Completed Wetland Identification, Delineation, and Classification  Institute with Dr. Ralph Tiner 1995

Awards and Recognition

Full tuition Scholarship for Doctoral program Univ. of Northern Colorado

Elected to Sigma Xi (Honor Society in Research Sciences)

Outstanding Faculty Award from Student Association of Greenville College 1988

Greenville College Alumni Association Faculty Award, 1991

Publications and Presentations

Ahern, W. B. and G. D. Schmidt. (1976) Parasitic helminths of the American avocet Recurvirostra americana: four new species of the families Hymenolepiodidae and Acoleidae (Cestoda: Cyclophyllidae)  Parasitology 73, 381-398

Ahern, W. B. (1983) Student Premedical Guide.  Greenville College publication

Professional Affiliations

Nine  years on the Faculty Advisory Board of AuSable Institute of Environmental Sttudies in Manselona Michigan.  Seven  years on the Menonite School of Nursing  (Blumington, IL) Faculty Advisory Board. 

Editor of "Student Premedical Guide"
Research Associate in Dept. of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL (sabbatical leave from Greenville College 1985).
State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) environmental assessment (EA) for stormwater treatment facility for Capital Region Airport Commission / Richmond International Airport (RIC); Henrico County and Richmond, VA.
 Senior Scientist with Zahinser Institute for Environmental Studies, Greenville College on cooperative agreement with the city of Greenville, IL, funded by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency “Clean Lakes Program”.  We are providing Lake Quality Studies working with: water chemistry, wildlife inventory, sediment study, bacteriological studies etc. (summer 1999 – present)
Consultant to Kingsbury Park District, Greenville, IL on the development of a Nature Preserve and park use.
Supervisor & coordinator for Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) environmental project at Kingsbury Park  District

Related Experiences

Dr. Ahern has had 35 years of experience in College teaching.  Areas of special interest and emphasis in his teaching have included Parasitology Invertebrate Zoology and Microbiology.  He also teaches a course in Cell Biology.  In addition to his classroom  teaching.  

Extensive administrative experience, serving 25 years as Biology Department Head and seventeen years as either vice chair or chair of the Greenville College Faculty Council.  This administrative experience has included college wide program development and budget management responsibilities.

Responsible for coordinating the development of the Greenville College Zahniser Institute for Environmental Studies. 

Directed for two years and participated in other years: Ill. Board of Higher Education Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program Grant for In-Service Training K-12 Teachers of Mathematics and Science.  (Science and Math Opportunities Program)

Currently responsible for leading in the development of the John and Martha Ayers Science Field Station located on 140 acres four miles north of the College campus.

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