As of August 2002, Trond Schumacher [<email@example.com> or
<firstname.lastname@example.org>] became president of IMA
The first Ainsworth and de Bary Medals were presented at a meeting held in Sheffield in April 1996 on the occasion of the Centenary of the British Mycological Society to recognize the unique contribution that British mycologists have made to their science. Professor John Webster, who has distinguished himself in teaching and research, was recognized for his contributions to the organization of IMA by award of the Ainsworth Medal. de Bary Medals were presented to Professor E. J. H. Corner (d. 1996) and Professor C. T. Ingold, both of whom have a long records of outstanding accomplishment in research.
The original design and fabrication
of the medals was the work of Barbara Minor and Christopher A. Hentz, Baton
Rouge, Louisiana. The design depicts a germ tube emerging from and encircling
a reticulate spore and terminating in the production of asexual spores.
The spore shape and ornamentation was chosen because it is a common form
found in many groups of organisms studied by mycologists. On a different
level it may be seen to symbolize mycological knowledge encircling the
earth, poised for dissemination. The design, crafted in silver, overlays
an engraved bronze base. The design is the basis of an emblem that will
be used to represent IMA.
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