Fresno State unveils new sculpture by retired biology professor
Dr. Richard Haas in front of “The Column” alongside President Welty and Dr. Andrew Rogerson (left), dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.
“The Column,” a bronze sculpture by Dr. Richard Haas, professor emeritus of biology at California State University, Fresno, was unveiled today in the Science II building on campus.
The sculpture is a four-paneled column illustrating major themes in biological science, touching on evolution, the fossil record, molecular biology and energy flow through aquatic ecosystems.
Haas was a professor of bio-science at Fresno State from 1969-1992, focusing on animal behavior, ichthyology, vertebrate natural history and general biology. He initiated courses in bio-ethics and human ecology and supervised training of secondary school science teaching-credential candidates.
He also was a consultant for with the World Health Organization, doing malaria research in India, Sri Lanka, Oman, Somalia, Ethiopia, Solomon Islands, Bulgaria, Russia, Egypt and Bolivia.
“The Column” stands in the lobby-student study area of Science II, on San Ramon Avenue just east of Maple Avenue.