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June 6, 2012

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Cunningham named new Honors Director at Ohio State Lima

Dr. Michael A. Cunningham, associate professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology, has been named the new Honors Director at The Ohio State University at Lima, effective August 1, 2012.

Cunningham has been at Ohio State Lima since 1985. Most recently, he served as the associate dean from 2002-2012 and currently teaches the evolution course for the biology program. He has also taught courses in human biology, ecology, animal behavior and environmental science. Prior to his appointment as the associate dean, Cunningham served as the Honors Director from 1995-2002. He received the Ohio State Lima Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996. A behavioral ecologist, Cunningham’s research interests include the ecology and evolution of mating systems, sexual selection and animal communication.

Cunningham received his B.S.Ed and M.S. degrees from The Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University.

The Honors Program at Ohio State Lima enriches the intellectual development and academic experience of qualified students by providing greater academic challenges and opportunities than are common to the regular courses of the University. Honors sections of biology, English, earth sciences, geography, history, music, philosophy, psychology and theatre courses have been offered at Ohio State Lima. The program also provides students with opportunities to hear outside speakers and take field trips to places such as the Florida Everglades, the Gettysburg National Military Park, the Underground Railroad sites in Ripley, Ohio, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Chicago’s Hull House.