Bourbon County

Biologist wins national award

A Lexington biologist has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at the White House.

Wendell Hagg researches freshwater mussels at the Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research in Oxford, Miss. Hagg is a native of Lexington and received his bachelor's degree in biology from Eastern Kentucky University in 1988. He received his master's in zoology from Ohio State and doctorate in biology from the University of Mississippi.

He is the son of Jim and Katie Haag of Paris.

"Wendell's cutting-edge research is addressing some of the most pressing problems facing freshwater mussel populations in the South," said U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station Director Jim Reaves in a Forest Service statement. "He and his research are also having tangible effects on the restoration and maintenance of freshwater mussel populations nationally, and this distinguished award honors his many achievements."

The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, established in 1996, honors the most promising young science and technology researchers in the nation. Haag will receive a total of $125,000 in research funds over a five-year period.