Biologist Chris Barney to Receive
Distinguished Alumni Award from WSU
Posted May 6, 2002
HOLLAND -- Dr. Christopher Barney of the Hope
College biology faculty will receive the Distinguished
Alumni Award from the Wright State University Alumni
Association on Friday, May 17.
The award, the association's most prestigious, is
annually granted to a Wright State University (WSU) graduate
who has attained a significant level of achievement in his
or her chosen field and has demonstrated a positive impact
on a local, state and/or international level. A 1973 WSU
honors graduate with a major in biology, Barney will be
honored during an evening awards ceremony and reception at
Barney is the T. Elliott Weier Professor of
Biology at Hope. He joined the Hope faculty as an assistant
professor in 1980, and was promoted to associate professor
in 1986 and full professor in 1992. He was appointed to his
endowed chair in 2001.
He chaired the department of biology from 1996 to
2001. He served a term as the college's Faculty Moderator,
and from 1996 to 2000 was a faculty representative on Hope's
Board of Trustees. An active member of the Hope community,
he led a seminar during the college's "Winter Happening" in
January of 1999.
Through the years he has taught courses including
"Principles of Biology," "Human Physiology," "Vertebrate
Physiology," and "Science and Human Values," and helped
initiate the college's First-Year Seminar program. He has
also done collaborative research with more than 70 Hope
students. His current research emphasis is on the role of
hormones in water balance, temperature regulation and blood
He has received more than 20 external grants in
support of his research and education, including grants from
the Beckman Foundation, the National Institutes of Health
and the National Science Foundation (NSF). He serves as a
grant reviewer for the NSF and a manuscript reviewer for
"The American Journal of Physiology." He has written or co-
authored more than 50 articles for professional journals, in
addition to making numerous presentations at professional
He was a member of the Holland East Middle School
PTA Feasibility Committee and the PTA Executive Committee.
He is a member of St. Francis De Sales Church, where he has
chaired the Adult and Family Faith Formation Board and the
Pastoral Council, and currently serves as a member of the
Grand Rapids Catholic Diocese Pastoral Council.
Barney obtained his Ph.D. in medical physiology
from Indiana University in 1977 and then spent three years
doing research at the University of Florida Medical School.
He is married to Julie Ann Surface Barney, who
also works at Hope and is also a 1973 graduate of Wright
State University. The Barneys have two children: Jeremy, a
2001 graduate of the College of Wooster, and Kara, who is a
sophomore at the College of Wooster.