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Parasite Named After Dean


The name Haliotrematoides hatzenbuehlerae will echo forever through the corridors of time.

Kasiska College of Health Professions Dean Linda Hatzenbuehler has achieved one form of immortality, due to the gracious gesture of one of her colleagues, Professor Emeritus Delane Kritsky, who has named a parasitic worm in Hatzenbuehler’s honor.

Kritsky named a parasitic worm Haliotrematoides hatzenbuehlerae after his former dean. For the record, Haliotrematoides hatzenbuehlerae lives in the gills of yellow-banded snapper off Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Both Hatzenbuehler and Kritsky insist being named after a parasite is not an insult, nor a backhanded compliment.

“Linda basically supported my research for quite a period of time,” said Kritsky, a former associate dean of the Kasiska College of Health Professions and professor of health and nutrition sciences. He retired from full time work in 2007 after 33 years at ISU, but remains an active researcher.

“I retired a couple of years ago and at the time, in appreciation of all she’s done for me, I said I’d name the next new species I found after her,” Kritsky said. “It is an honor. This is forever; that name will never disappear.”

For her part, Hatzenbuehler said, “What a gift! I was absolutely thrilled when Delane announced his gift to me at the party held in honor of his long service to the college, and I remain thrilled. Just think about it. It’s my link to immortality — that just doesn’t happen every day.”

For a detailed account of Kritsky’s research interests and career at ISU, visit the ISU Headlines Page.