Income from this gift is used to make an annual award to one or more undergraduate students with demonstrated interest and ability in Geology. The award may preferably be a hammer, a hand lens or any other useful tool that a beginning geology student may need or any other form of award, including cash. The number, amount, and recipient(s) is determined by the chair of the department, in consultation with an appropriate committee such as the Committee for Undergraduate Studies.
N. Gary Lane Paleontology Collection Fund
Biography: N. Gary Lane, 1930-2006
Gary Lane, 1930-2006, was born in French Lick, Indiana, and grew up in Slidell, Illinois. Lane went to Oberlin College for earned his A.B. degree (1952) in Geology and attended graduate school at University of Kansas under the supervision of Raymond C. Moore for both master’s (1954) and Ph.D. (1958) degrees. After completing his graduate studies, Lane began his academic career at the University of California at Los Angeles, reaching the rank of professor of Paleontology in 1970. Lane joined Indiana University as a professor of Paleontology in 1973. He worked extensively with crinoids ranging from Ordovician through the Permian.
Lane published over 100 articles and monographs, and one book on fossils, especially on Late Paleozoic crinoids. He was a major contributor to the three Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology volumes on fossil crinoids. He published the taxonomy, evolution, paleoecology, and functional morphology of fossil crinoids. Other published invertebrate fossils groups are mainly brachiopods, other minor include bryozoans, trilobites, gastropods, cephalopods, sponges, and fossil fishes.