Dr. James E. Mackin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, is pleased to announce that Dr. Florian Reyda, Professor of Biology, will deliver this year’s Susan Smith Lecture titled, “Parasites, Evolution and Us,” on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Otsego Grille, Morris Conference Center. A hearty hors d’oeuvre reception will follow the lecture. Created to recognize faculty achievement outside the classroom, the Susan Sutton Smith Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is named in memory of the late SUNY Oneonta professor of English. Dr. Reyda is the twenty-third recipient of this prize. This event and the student awards presented are made possible by the generous gifts of SUNY Oneonta Alumni to the 2016-2017 Fund for Oneonta. The Susan Sutton Smith Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is made possible by an endowment created through the generosity of Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Mary Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, and in honor of her commitment to academic excellence. The lecture is free and open to the public.