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Royce Eugene Ballinger, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Ballinger has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of biological sciences and academia

Dr. Royce Eugene Ballinger has contributed almost 150 articles to various scholarly journals.

    MARANA, AZ, February 12, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Royce Eugene Ballinger, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Ballinger celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

A celebrated figure in the academic community for more than 30 years, Dr. Ballinger earned the distinguished title of a professor emeritus in 2004, shortly before retiring as the assistant executive vice president and assistant provost at the University of Nebraska. Having affiliated within his field since 1971, he first taught as an assistant professor of biology at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Dr. Ballinger was subsequently hired by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1976 as an associate professor, where he notably progressed to become the director of biological science in 1982 and associate vice chancellor of research in 1993.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Ballinger has served as a governing board member of the National Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Coalition in Washington since 1999. He formerly found success in the same capacity between 1995 and 1998 and later as a secretary during 2000. The National Science Foundation notably created EPSCoR in 1979, in response to concern over the uneven distribution of federal research and development grants. Dr. Ballinger worked with a statewide committee appointed by the Governor and served as Director of Nebraska EPSCoR between 1993 and 2005. Additionally, he maintained activity on the board of governors of the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, among other noteworthy roles, was an international advisory panel member of the Chinese University Development Project through the World Bank in Montreal, Canada.

A native of Texas, Dr. Ballinger attended college locally, attaining a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Texas in 1964. He subsequently earned a Master of Science at Texas Tech University in 1967. Concluding his academic efforts in 1971, Dr. Ballinger acquired a Doctor of Philosophy from Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University.

A talented writer, Dr. Ballinger co-authored his first book in 1983 with John D. Lynch, titled "How to Know Amphibians and Reptiles." The manual provides identification keys, descriptions and distributional notes for amphibians and reptiles of North America, north of Mexico. He coauthored with John Lynch and Geoffrey Smith in 2010 to publish a 400 page 'Amphibians and Reptiles in Nebraska,' an authoritative review and reference to the distribution and biology of the 61 species known to occur in the state. Dr. Ballinger and Young Cage published a summary of the 'Natural History of the Ironwood Forest National Monument: A Sonoran Desert Primer' in 2014. Additionally, Dr. Ballinger has contributed almost 150 articles to various scholarly journals.

Additionally, he has worked with the Arizona Site Steward program, coordinated by the state archaeologist, and is comprised of volunteers who monitor archaeological sites for possible vandalism. Most of all, however, Dr. Ballinger is most proud to have contributed to the development of numerous students who have gone on to earn their PhDs.

A recognized member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Dr. Ballinger served on the board of governors between 1985 and 1987. He is also a member and former board member of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists and a member of the Herpetologists League, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Sigma Xi. Throughout his career, Dr. Ballinger has secured several research grants through the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration between 1968 and 2000. A celebrated Marquis listee, he has been showcased in the 54th, 55th, 56th and 60th editions of Who's Who in America and the 26th edition of Who's Who in the Midwest.

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