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Diana Wall joins Colorado Women's Hall of Fame

March 12, 2014

Wall and five other contemporary women, along with four historical figures, will be honored during the Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Gala at the Denver Marriott City Center, on March 20.

Diana H. Wall, world-renowned ecologist, Antarctic researcher, and University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University, will be formally inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame on March 20.

Wall and five other contemporary women, along with four historical figures, will be honored during the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Gala at the Denver Marriott City Center, at 5:30 p.m.

“The entire Colorado State University community joins me in congratulating Dr. Diana Wall on her induction into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame,” said CSU President Tony Frank. “Diana is an inspirational scientist and educator who has transformed our understanding of global climate change and environmental sustainability. It seems fitting that one of the most respected environmental scientists of our age would be honored as one our state’s most accomplished and celebrated women leaders.”

Wall, founder and director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at CSU, has spent 25 seasons in Antarctica researching some of the planet’s smallest animals, microscopic worms called nematodes, that play a vital role in soil nutrition and biodiversity. In Antarctica, the worms can be studied unhindered by plants and animal life.

In 2005, Wall Valley in Antarctica was named for her achievements.

National thought leader

In 2011, Wall served as a member of a working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology because her studies impact policies responding to threats to the nation’s ecosystems. She was one of only 12 people – and only four scientists – serving on the U.S. Antarctic Blue Ribbon Panel, which was led by Norm Augustine, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corp. In February 2012, Wall and other members of the team visited the Antarctic’s Palmer Station to help the panel evaluate the future of U.S. research in Antarctica.

Last year, Wall received The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement on the 40th anniversary of the award. The Tyler Prize is the premier international award for environmental science, environmental health and energy conferring great benefit upon mankind. Previous winners have included Jane Goodall, Thomas Lovejoy and Edward O. Wilson. In November, she was presented the President’s Award from the Soil Science Society of America, the highest honor bestowed by the organization on someone whose work will have a lasting impact on the future of soil science.

Inspiring girls and women everywhere

Elizabeth Heid, chair of the board of the nonprofit Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, explained that Wall’s impressive achievements led to her selection.

“Diana Wall will be inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame because she has made an enduring contribution to the field of environmental science and her achievements inspire girls and women everywhere,” Heid said.

The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame was founded in 1985 to inspire others by celebrating and sharing the enduring contributions of Colorado’s extraordinary women. Temple Grandin, CSU professor of Animal Sciences and renowned autism advocate, was inducted into the Hall in the last class in 2012.

To view photos and profiles of contemporary and historical members of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, visit the website and click “The Hall” button to locate links.

Learn more about Wall.