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           VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY                                       http://www.spectrum.vt.edu              VOLUME 26 NUMBER 20 FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2004


Kelly named dean of College of Natural Resources VBI, partners
               By Clara B. Cox
      J. Michael Kelly, chair of the Natural     receive largest
                                                of Natural Resources is well positioned to take
                                                a leadership role in educating the next
Resource Ecology and Management                 generation of natural-resource managers as
Department at Iowa State University, will
become the second dean of the College of
                                                 NIH contract
                                                well as providing the research base and
                                                Extension programs needed to effectively
Natural Resources, effective September 1.                                                                                                                             By Susan Bland
                                                manage, utilize, and protect the natural
He will replace Gregory N. Brown, founding                                                                                                                   The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
                                                resources of Virginia and the nation,” Kelly
dean of the college, who has announced his                                                                                                              (VBI) and its partners have been awarded a
                                                said.
retirement this summer.                                                                                                                                 five-year, $10.3-million contract from the
                                                      A fellow of the Soil Science Society of
      “I am delighted that Dr. Kelly has                                                                                                                National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
                                                America, Kelly joined the Iowa State University
accepted our offer to become dean of Natural                                                                                                            Diseases (NIAID), which is part of the
                                                Department of Forestry as professor and
Resources. His background and leadership                                                                                                                National Institutes of Health (NIH).
                                                department chair in 1995, a position he held
skills will allow the college to continue the                                                                                                                The purpose of this contract, which is
                                                until 2002. He also served as interim chair of
great progress begun under Dr. Brown,”                                                                                                                  one of the largest NIH contracts in Virginia
                                                the Department of Horticulture during 2001.
said Mark G. McNamee, university provost                                                                                                                Tech’s history, is to establish a national
                                                      In 2002, he was responsible for developing
and vice president for academic affairs, in                                                                                                             Bioinformatics Resource Center (BRC) that
                                                and implementing a merged Department of
making the announcement.                                                                                                                                consists of a multi-organism relational
                                                Forestry and Department of Animal Ecology
      “Interest in and pressures on natural                                                                                                             database in support of infectious-disease
                                                to form the Department of Natural Resources                              KELLY
resources will continue to intensify as this                                                                                                            research, especially as it affects biodefense
                                                Ecology and Management and was named chair
century progresses. Virginia Tech’s College                                                                                                             and emerging infectious diseases.
                                                of the new department, the position he now                                        (See KELLY on 4)           VBI’s BRC will focus on brucella
                                                                                                                                                        (causes brucellosis in cattle, pigs, and

Sanders selected to be new assistant provost                                                                                                            humans), caliciviruses (causes many of the
                                                                                                                                                        viral dysenteries on cruise ships),
                                                                                                                                                        coronaviruses, hepatitis A, rabiesvirus,
By Clara B. Cox                                 are designed to create early exposure to college     and the Boyer Advising Center from 1992-           coxiella burnetii/rickettsias (which cause Q
      Karen Eley                                opportunities for potential students at an early     1997. She has been a program analyst for the       fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and
Sanders has been                                age.                                                 U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at         typhus).
named assistant                                      “We were extremely pleased to attract Dr.       Fort Monroe, and has taught at the University           VBI will serve as the lead research
provost       and                               Sanders to her present position, and now the         of Illinois and Virginia State University, where   group with collaborators at the Virginia-
director        of                              opportunity presents itself to utilize further her   she also coordinated the Enrichment in the         Maryland Regional College of Veterinary
A c a d e m i c                                 professional talents in this broader                 Sciences Program.                                  Medicine, Virginia Tech’s Department of
Support Services                                responsibility of academic support services,”              She has made presentations at conferences    Computer Science, Loyola University
at Virginia Tech,                               said David R. Ford, vice provost for academic        throughout the country and is the recipient of     Medical School, the University of Maryland,
effective August                                affairs, in making the announcement.                 numerous honors and awards, among them the         and Social and Scientific Systems Inc.
1.                         SANDERS                   “Karen’s appointment reflects the               Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. University of                VBI’s professor and Director Bruno
      Sanders has                               university’s commitment to the success and           Arkansas Faculty/Staff Award and the               Sobral will lead the project, and VBI’s Joao
served as director of the Center for Academic   mission of MAOP and its role as a university-        American Association for Higher Education          Setubal, co-principal investigator for the
Enrichment and Excellence since July, 2001.     wide resource,” said Patricia B. Hyer, associate     Black Caucus Outstanding Dissertation Award.       project, will interact with other Virginia
      In her new position, Sanders will         provost for academic administration. MAOP            She was recognized by the Virginia Tech Black      Tech faculty members, including Stephen
oversee the Center for Academic Enrichment      had reported to Hyer, but the program will           Caucus in 2003 for contributions in campus         Boyle from the Virginia-Maryland Regional
and Excellence, Multicultural Academic          move under Ford with Sanders’s appointment.          and community outreach and in 2002 for service     College of Veterinary Medicine and Deborah
Opportunities Program (MAOP), Ronald E.              Before joining the administration at            to students. She is listed in several Who’s Who    Hix and Naren Ramakrishnan from the
McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement           Virginia Tech, Sanders spent nine years at the       publications, most recently Who’s Who in           Department of Computer Science.
Program, university-wide academic support       University of Arkansas, where she directed           Executives and Professionals 2003-04, and               “This NIH award highlights the
initiatives, and Pipeline programs, which       Minority Education Services from 1997-2001                                    (See SANDERS on 3)                                      (See VBI on 4)



Ball to oversee Tech’s Department                                                                    Taylor to head Department of
of Mechanical Engineering                                                                            Industrial and Systems Engineering
            By Lynn A. Nystrom                  “Our mechanical-engineering department is                          By Lynn A. Nystrom                   committee and I have nominated Dr. Taylor
     Kenneth S. Ball, professor of              the home of several premier educational and               G. Don Taylor Jr., director of the Center     to hold our Charles O. Gordon Professorship,”
mechanical engineering at the University of     research facilities, and I believe Dr. Ball’s        for Engineering Logistics and Distribution at      Aref said.
Texas at Austin, will become the head of the    vision will complement and enhance our               the University of Louisville, will become head           The Grado Department of Industrial and
Department of Mechanical Engineering in         efforts.”                                            of the Grado Department of Industrial and          Systems Engineering is highly respected
Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering               Currently, the Department of Mechanical         Systems Engineering in the College of              among its peers across the country. In the
August 1.                                       Engineering ranks 22nd in the country,               Engineering this fall.                             latest rankings by U.S. News and World
     Ball, who held the Temple Foundation       according to the 2004 survey conducted by                 “I am pleased to announce that we were        Report, the department ranks seventh in the
Endowed Faculty Fellow in Engineering           U.S. News and World Report. Most recently,           able to recruit Dr. Taylor to Blacksburg,” said    quality of its graduate education and fifth for
No. 5 at the University of Texas at Austin,     the department played the leading role in the        Hassan Aref, dean of Virginia Tech’s College       its undergraduate program.
also is the college’s nominee for the L.S.      university’s partnering with the Wake Forest         of Engineering. “He held an endowed chair at             Taylor, who joined the University of
Randolph Professorship of Mechanical            University Baptist Medical Center to offer           the University of Louisville where he founded      Louisville in the spring of 2000, is an expert
Engineering at Virginia Tech, said Hassan       graduate degrees in biomedical engineering           the research center he currently directs.”         on the logistical intricacies and potential
Aref, dean of the College of Engineering.       and in its successful bid to become a lead                “At Louisville, Dr. Taylor held the Mary      economies of supply-chain management,
     “I am pleased we could recruit Dr. Ball    university of a consortium selected by NASA          Lee and George F. Duthie Chair in Engineering      from materials flow inside a factory to
to Virginia Tech. He has built a world-class    to create the National Institute of Aerospace.       Logistics. The department’s honorifics             transportation dispatching and routing. In
research center at the Texas,” Aref said.                                     (See BALL on 3)                                                                                     (See TAYLOR on 3)
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JOUSTER project aimed at readying unmanned vehicles for military
               By Liz Crumbley                        increasingly important in military and search-       research and student projects on unmanned           importance of JOUSTER in the long-range
     Using a $2.2-million grant from the U.S.         and-rescue activities. Advancing the                 and autonomous vehicles for a number of years       plans of the Department of Defense’s Joint
Department of Defense, university researchers         technology through programs like JOUSTER             at Virginia Tech. “To our knowledge, this will      Robotics Program.”
will begin developing an experimentation site         will make it possible for unmanned machines          be the first experimentation site devoted to             Currently, few standards exist for
at the Virginia International Raceway near            to do more of the dangerous work, such as            both unmanned air and unmanned ground               unmanned vehicles used by the military, Wicks
Danville, as an initial step in the Joint             finding land mines and conducting close-range        vehicles.”                                          said. JOUSTER tests will help determine
Unmanned Systems Testing, Experimentation,            air surveillance in military conflicts.                    An initial set of experiments featured test   standards and evaluate whether these vehicles
and Research (JOUSTER) program.                             “Virginia Tech has played an important         vehicles supplied by Tyndall Air Force Base in      are functioning as required. The experiments
     The new program could receive as much            role in defense research over the years, and         Florida, including a remotely piloted Yamaha        also are aimed at finding out how well
as $12.2 million in defense grants over the next      this grant for unmanned-vehicle development          RMAX helicopter and a Matilda ground                unmanned vehicles interact with humans who
three years for research advancing the                will help Virginia Tech and Southside continue       vehicle. A second series of tests will be           monitor and remotely control vehicle activity.
technology of unmanned military air and ground        in that strong tradition,” said Sen. John Warner     conducted this fall, linking an Athena Golden
vehicles, said Charles Reinholtz, alumni                                                                                                                                                 (See JOUSTER on 3)
                                                      (R-Va.), who announced congressional                 Eye ducted-fan aerial vehicle with an iRobot
distinguished professor of mechanical                 appropriation of JOUSTER funding during a            ground vehicle. “We’re approaching the tests
engineering, and Al Wicks, associate professor                                                                                                                      Spectrum publication for Fall
                                                      ceremony in March at the speedway. Virginia          as a learning opportunity, but we also intend to
of mechanical engineering, both in the College                                                                                                                   Semester are as follows: July 30;
                                                      Tech received the grant in June.                     collect a significant amount of performance
of Engineering, are the lead researchers for the                                                                                                                 August 13, 27; September 10, 24;
                                                            “We’re conducting two sets of unmanned         data, develop performance benchmarks and
JOUSTER project.                                                                                                                                                 October 8, 22; November 5, 19;
                                                      air-ground vehicle experiments in 2004,” said        supply all on-site support services,” Reinholtz
     Unmanned and autonomous vehicles are                                                                                                                        December 3, 17.
                                                      Reinholtz, who, along with Wicks, has directed       said. “We hope this work will demonstrate the
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                                                                                                 CAMPUSUPDATE
Salbador appointed                                                Prichett named new campus energy manager
Pamplin interim                                                                  By Sally Harris                      domestic and international projects.                goal of reducing energy consumption to the
                                                                        Wilson Prichett, senior engineer and                He has been with ASEGI since 1985 and         maximum extent feasible,” according to Elvey.
associate dean                                                    project manager at ASEGI Inc. in Tennessee,         has performed more than 500 facilities energy       Prichett also “will monitor and use the
                 By Sookhan Ho                                    has been named to the new position of campus        audits and obtained approximately $10 million       Efficiency and Operational Performance
     Debra A. Salbador, associate professor of                    energy manager beginning July 6.                    in savings for clients. He has directed hundreds    Contracting Act as a procurement mechanism
accounting and information systems, has been                            A registered professional engineer, a         of commercial, industrial, and governmental         to accomplish energy conservation measures
appointed interim associate dean of                               certified energy manager, a green-lights            clients’ efforts to design and build energy-        and projects.”
undergraduate programs at Virginia Tech’s                                                                                                                                      Prichett is a senior member of the
                                                                  surveyor ally, and a registered energy              efficient/sustainable facilities and conducts
Pamplin College of Business, effective July 1.
                                                                  professional, Prichett also holds a boiler-         workshops in his expertise areas.                   Association of Energy Engineers and a member
     A member of the faculty since 1994,
Salbador has taught undergraduate and graduate                    operations certificate and has more than 20               As campus energy manager, Prichett will       of the American Society of Mechanical
courses in taxation and accounting as well as                     years’ experience in energy conservation,           aid Assistant Vice President for Facilities Bill    Engineers, the National/Tennessee Society of
continuing-education courses. She has served                      facilities management, and sustainable-facility     Elvey and will “act as team leader for the          Professional Engineers, and the Association
on her department’s Undergraduate Curriculum                      design. He also has expertise in renewable-         development and implementation of a                 for Energy Services Professionals. He received
Committee and continues to serve on a number                      energy technologies and supplemental energy         university-wide energy-management plan and          a bachelor’s in engineering from Princeton
of department, college, and university                            sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, small      initiate actions internal to Virginia Tech          University and a master’s in environmental
committees. She has served on the advisory                        hydro, biomass, biogas, and fuel cells) for         operations and programs consistent with a           sciences from the University of Virginia.
board of the Organization of Women Faculty
and was a member of the Virginia Tech Services
Board of Directors, the Audit Committee of
which she chaired for six years. She has been                     Professional-development certificates presented to university employees
an adviser to about 30 students since 1994 and                          Kurt Krause, vice president for business            Recipients of the Administrative              training in each of two different desktop
was the faculty advisor to the Beta Alpha Psi                     affairs, presented 33 certificates to 21 Virginia   Excellence Certificate in Fiscal Practices are      applications. Participants also have the option
honorary fraternity.                                              Tech employees on Friday, June 18, at the           Sabrina Allen, Graduate School; Maxine Lyons,       of completing up to three of these courses on-
     Her research interest is tax policy. She has                 Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference                Community Design Assistance Center; Joyce           line through Tech’s Element K program, an
examined the effects of tax policy on a firm’s                    Center. There are three major professional-         Moser, Macromolecules and Interfaces at             asynchronous, self-paced, competency-based
investment, financing, and operating decisions                    development programs, sponsored through             Virginia Tech; Christy Snider, President’s          program.
and on the measurement of tax burdens and
                                                                  University Leadership Development, for which        Office; Terri Tishman, University Leadership             Recipients of the Certificate in Office
marginal tax costs; economic and non-
economic effects on tax-compliance behavior;                      employees can receive a major certificate from      Development; Barbara Townley, music;                Software Skills are Ted Acord, Power Plant;
the effects of e-business on tax policy; and the                  Virginia Tech. Those three programs are the         Michelle Vandyke, Environmental Health and          Darlene Conrad, Student Programs; Tammy
effects of tax-accounting methods on income                       Administrative Excellence Certificate Program,      Safety Services.                                    Henderson, Career Services; Stephanie
reporting.                                                        Office Software Skills and Supervision and                Recipients of the Administrative              Huckestein, horticulture; Linda Joyner,
     Salbador is a certified public accountant                    Leadership.                                         Excellence Certificate in Human Resource            Transportation; Lori Lee, University Libraries;
and a member of the American Accounting                                 Administrative Excellence Certificate.        Practices are Brenda Husser, sociology; Tracey      Shirlene Long, Controller’s Office; Ariel Lotz,
Association, National Tax Association, the                        In partnership with New River Community             Jarvis Keister, materials science engineering;      Culinary Services; Mary McMurray,
American Society of Women Accountants,                            College, Virginia Tech has offered an               Kellie Morris, Alumni Relations; Dedreia            geosciences; Anita Lynn Robinson, English;
which she has served in various official                          Administrative Excellence Certificate to            Perkins, COTA.                                      Jane Stringer, University Development; Jason
capacities, and Phi Kappa Phi.
                                                                  employees completing one of two tracks                    Office Software Skills. Participants in       Van Cleave, University Development.
     Salbador received her bachelor’s and
master’s degrees in accounting at the University                  offered. Both track include the following core      the Office Software Skills program are able to           With the inclusion of this latest class of 12
of New Orleans and a Ph.D. in accounting at                       courses: Business Law, Business Letter              tailor their course selections based on the         employees, Virginia Tech has now awarded
the University of South Carolina. She came to                     Writing, and the non-credit Ethics and Diversity    particular demands of their department and                             (See PROFESSIONAL on 4)
Virginia Tech in 1994.                                            Capstone Course. The fiscal track must also         position responsibilities. The requirements for
                                                                  complete Principles of Accounting I,                successfully completing the certificate are
                CORRECTIONS                                       Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting            structured mainly around the Microsoft Office
                                                                                                                                                                          SANDERS
                                                                                                                                                                                       Continued from 1
                                                                  and Auditing for completion of the certificate.     Software skills involving Access, Excel,
     Information accompanying the page-one                                                                                                                                Who’s Who Among African Americans 2001-
photo for the June 8 issue contained an incorrect
                                                                  The Human Resource Management Practices             Outlook, PowerPoint, Word plus courses in
                                                                                                                                                                          04.
spelling of the Holtzman Alumni Center. Ray                       track includes the core courses, plus               HTML, PageMaker and FrontPage. The
                                                                                                                                                                               Sanders earned her undergraduate degree
Smoot, chief operating officer and secretary-                     Organizational Behavior, Human Resource             successful major-certificate holder completes
treasurer of the Virginia Tech Foundation was                                                                                                                             in psychology and a master’s degree in clinical
                                                                  Management and the non-credit VT HR                 six one-day courses with at least two days of
incorrectly identified as president of the                                                                                                                                psychology at Virginia State University, and a
foundation.                                                       Management short course.
                                                                                                                                                                          Ph.D. in education at the University of
     In the June 18 issue, a heading should have
identified Marilyn Casto, Ronald M. Lewis,                                                                                                                                Arkansas. She acquired a Developmental
William D. Nichols, and Sean F. O’Keefe under                     TAYLOR                                              “Improving the technology of machine-human          Education Specialist designation from
the category Tenure at the Currently Held Rank                                    Continued from 1                    interaction is critical,” said Wicks. “Unmanned     Appalachian State University.
of Associate Professor. Spectrum regrets any
                                                                  1991, he founded his own company, G. Don            military vehicles will be remotely controlled
                                                                                                                                                                                     EMPLOYMENT
confusion these errors may have caused.
                                                                  Taylor Consulting Services.                         by troops in battlefield situations.”
                                                                       Before his tenure at Louisville, Taylor             Although JOUSTER research will be led
                                                                  directed the University of Arkansas’ Logistics      by Virginia Tech faculty members, the                  For more information on all faculty
                                                                  Institute, a research center that worked with       program’s headquarters will be in Danville at       and classified-staff positions, see
                 VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE                   carriers, shippers and government entities on       the Institute for Advanced Learning and
                      AND STATE INIVERSITY                                                                                                                                www.jobs.vt.edu .
                                                                  materials handling and logistics problems. He       Research, which was established by Virginia
 Spectrum, a faculty-staff tabloid, is published bi-weekley
 on Fridays during the academic year, with the exception          continues to work with logistics professionals      Tech, Danville Community College, Averett
 of certain holidays, exam weeks, and the summer. Copy
                                                                                                                                                                                      INSTRUCTIONAL
                                                                  at Oklahoma State and the universities of           University and Southside Virginia
 deadline is noon Friday. No advertising is accepted.                                                                                                                          Institute of Biomedical/Public
     Spectrum is a non-profit publication of the Office of        Oklahoma and Arkansas as they form a new            organizations to bring technological and            Health Sciences. Assistant/Associate/
 University Relations: Lawrence G. Hincker, associate             National Science Foundation-funded center that      economic development to the region.
 vice president for University Relations; Mark Owczarski,                                                                                                                 Full Professor (four positions). Vector
 director of news and information.                                                                                                                                        Borne Diseases or Molecular
                          Editor                                  BALL                                                master’s students over the past 10 years, and is    Entomology.
                    John Ashby, 1-6961
                                                                                Continued from 1                      currently supervising or co-supervising 10               Institute of Biomedical/Public
                   News Bureau Manager                                 At the University of Texas at Austin, Ball     graduate students.                                  Health Sciences. Assistant/Associate/
                  Susan Dickerson 1-8508
                                                                  developed an internationally recognized                  Ball received his bachelor’s degree in         Full Professor (six positions). Viral
                   Production Manager                             research program in the areas of heat and mass      mechanical engineering from Lehigh                  Pathogenesis.
                  Melinda Shaver, 1-8524
                                                                  transfer and turbulence, with applications in       University in 1982, and his master’s degree              Institute of Biomedical/Public
    Letters to the editor and questions for "Ask Spec-            combustion,       materials       processing,       and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from            Health Sciences. Assistant/Associate/
 trum" should be addressed to the editor, 101 Media
                                                                  manufacturing, and turbulence control.              Drexel University in 1984 and in 1987,              Full Professor (eight positions). Host-
 Building, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Elec-
 tronic Spectrum: http://www.spectrum.vt.edu                           He is a 1992 recipient of the National         respectively. Following two-years at Brown          Bacterial Pathogen Interactions.
    Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employ-           Science Foundation’s Young Investigator             University as a post-doctoral research associate,        Marion DuPont Scott Equine
 ees, students, or applicants on the basis of race, color,                                                                                                                Medical. Clinical Assistant/Associate
 gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran sta-        Award. He has obtained externally sponsored         he jointed the University of Texas at Austin.
 tus, national origin, religion, or political affiliation. Any-   research funding in excess of $3 million from            Ball will replace Walter O’Brien, the J.B.     Professor in Equine Surgery.
 one having questions concerning discrimination or ac-                                                                                                                             NON-INSTRUCTIONAL
 cessibility regarding the programs described in this             a variety of sources, and has been awarded          Jones professor of mechanical engineering,
 newspaper should contact the Equal Opportunity Affir-            eight major supercomputer grants.                   who is stepping down after 11 years as                   Agricultural Research/Extension
 mative Action Office: 540-231-7500 (v), 540-231-9460                                                                                                                     Center       (AREC).   Tree      Fruits
 (TTY).                                                                Ball has graduated eight Ph.D. and 25          department head.
                                                                                                                                                                          Horticulturist, Winchester.
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Akers named head of Department of Dairy Science                                                                                                               Jeffrey A. Kaminski, 32
                                                                                                                                                                 Jeffrey A. Kaminski, a master’s-degree
               By Charlie Stott                      to have someone of Mike’s abilities to lead this     local-tissue elements that regulate mammary-      student in the Department of Fisheries and
     R. Michael Akers is the new head of the         department.”                                         cell proliferation.                               Wildlife Sciences in the College of Natural
Department of Dairy Science in the College of             Akers said of his new appointment: “I                 Although his major responsibility has       Resources, died Thursday, July 8 at
Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective July        believe that with the support of an outstanding      been research, Akers has taught the college’s     Montgomery Regional Hospital. He was 32.
1.                                                   group of faculty members and in cooperation          fundamental anatomy and physiology course              Kaminski received his bachelor’s degree
     Akers joined the faculty in 1981. He            with the industry, we can reach new heights. I       to about 70 undergraduate students as well as     in biology with honors from the University of
became a full professor in 1992, and in 1996         look forward to this opportunity.”                   graduate courses. He has been the major           Southern Mississippi. He enrolled in the
he was selected as the Horace E. and Elizabeth            Akers has received four national awards         professor for seven master’s and five Ph.D.       fisheries-and-wildlife graduate program in fall
F. Alphin professor of dairy science.                for research excellence, including the Growth        students.                                         2002.
     “The dairy industry, and thus the dairy-        and Development Award from the American                    Akers earned his bachelor’s in biology           “This is a sad and tragic event, and our
science department, play an important role in        Society of Animal Science in 2003. He also           and a master’s in dairy science from Virginia     hearts extend to his family and friends,” said
the state’s and the region’s agricultural            received Virginia Tech’s Alumni Award for            Tech and his Ph.D. from Michigan State            Donald J. Orth, head of the Department of
economy,” said Sharron Quisenberry, dean of          Research Excellence in 2000.                         University. He was a research physiologist at     Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. “Jeff loved to
the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.             His research has emphasized endocrine and       the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research     teach and hoped to make teaching his career.
“Dr. Akers’ talents and experiences will be          growth-factor regulation of mammary                  center in Beltsville, Md., before joining the     He started as an undergraduate teaching
invaluable in making the department and the          development and mammary function. Most               dairy-science department.                         assistant, where he contributed art work to the
industry even stronger. We are indeed fortunate      recently, he has focused on identification of                                                          new laboratory manual and teaching exhibit.
                                                                                                                                                                 In lieu of flowers, donations be made to
Tech dean confers master’s degrees in education in Malawi                                                                                                   the Jeffrey A. Kaminski Memorial Fund at
                                                                                                                                                            Virginia Tech, College of Natural Resources,
                 By Jean Elliott                     teacher educators. These graduates will form              In a visit to Virginia Tech last week,       Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences,
     Jerry Niles, dean of the College of Liberal     the core of the new Department of Primary            Simeon Hau, director of Malawi Institute of
                                                                                                                                                            100 Cheatham Hall, Blacksburg VA 24061.
Arts and Human Sciences, conferred                   Education at Domasi College, which will offer        Education, praised the program. “We are
                                                                                                                                                            Checks should be made payable to the Virginia
curriculum-and-instruction degrees master’s          a bachelor’s of education degree. In addition,       extremely delighted. In Malawi, for the first
                                                                                                                                                            Tech Foundation with Kaminski Fund noted at
degrees in education from Virginia Tech upon         next year, six other Malawians will earn their       time, our tutors are becoming real
24 Malawi residents this week.                                                                            professionals in issues regarding teacher         the bottom.
                                                     doctorates from Virginia Tech.
     Along with various dignitaries, professors,          “This cascading model was designed to           development.”
and local teachers, Malawi was represented by        encourage the active participation of Malawi
its minister of education, secretary of education,   educators in their own education,” said Patricia                                                       of all seven courses in the Supervision and
and its director for planning in the Ministry of     Proudfoot Kelly, professor emeritus of Teaching
                                                                                                          PROFESSIONAL                                      Leadership program, totaling 21 college-credit
                                                                                                                         Continued from 3
Education. The U.S. ambassador to Malawi             and Learning and former director of the Center                                                         hours. The employees who were awarded the
and the USAID mission director were also                                                                  174 major certificates in Office Software
                                                     for Teacher Education at Virginia Tech. She and                                                        certificate in Supervision and Leadership are
expected to help celebrate the important                                                                  Skills.
                                                     Josiah Tlou, professor in Virginia Tech’s School                                                       Leann Cook, Dining Services; Lynett Cruise,
occasion in Malawi’s teacher development                                                                       Supervision and Leadership.
                                                     of Education, and Niles were principal                                                                 Personnel Services; Sandy Dalton, industrial
program.                                                                                                  Employees who successfully complete both
                                                     investigators on this project.                                                                         systems engineering; Velva Groover,
     Supported by a $2.2-million grant from                                                               the Principles of Supervision I and II courses
                                                          “The programs of study for these graduate                                                         horticulture; Scott Lau, Virginia Tech Police;
USAID, the goal of the international outreach                                                             (Bus 111 and Bus 112) will be awarded a
                                                     students are grounded in their practice and                                                            Cynthia LeFebvre, University Libraries;
venture by Virginia Tech, in collaboration                                                                special certificate from Virginia Tech in
                                                     educational issues in Malawi,” Niles said. “These                                                      Francis Miano, Virginia Tech Police; Louis
with Domasi College of Education and the                                                                  Supervision and Leadership. A major
                                                     students have literally been living their                                                              Price, Computer Labs Support; Lynn Snyder,
Malawi Institute of Education, was to develop                                                             certificate in Supervision and Leadership in
                                                     dissertations and projects through their everyday                                                      Southgate Bakery; Steven Swannell, Student
a cadre of Malawians who can prepare primary                                                              Career Studies from New River Community
                                                     work.”                                                                                                 Programs.
                                                                                                          College is awarded for successful completion

                                                          From 1974-1976, he worked as a research         the Electric Power Research Institute
KELLY                                                associate in the Department of Forestry and          Integrated Lake and Watershed Study               VBI
                Continued from 1                                                                          Program; has been a technical representative                      Continued from 1
                                                     Natural Resources at Purdue University, where
holds. He also conducts research, principally        he participated in terrestrial studies relating to   to the U.S. Department Interior Committee         importance         of    multiple-university
in mechanistic modeling of plant-nutrient            the cycling in forest systems of toxic metals        on Acid Precipitation Research; chaired the       collaborations in the rapidly developing fields
uptake, and teaches an undergraduate course          derived from industrial sources.                     Effects Subcommittee of the National              of systems biology and bioinformatics,”
in forest biology/ecology and a graduate course           He also has worked as an associate ecologist    Atmospheric Deposition Program; and co-           President Charles Steger said. “The Virginia
in scientific writing.                               for the NUS Corporation in Pittsburgh, a pre-        chaired the Workshop on Aluminum Toxicity         Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech has
      While he was forestry-department head,         doctoral fellow at Oak Ridge National                to Trees.                                         established itself as a leading center for
research grew significantly, with external           Laboratory, and an assistant professor of biology         Kelly has authored and co-authored           advanced research.”
annual support increasing by a factor of five,       at Ferrum College and has held adjunct faculty       numerous articles for professional journals.            The BRC also will involve key scientists
and his initiatives led the department to            appointments at the University of Tennessee          He sits on the editorial board for Forest         at other institutions–-Susan Baker, a severe
prominence in restoration ecology, bio-based         and Purdue University.                               Ecology and Management and has served as          acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) expert from
materials research, and the pedagogy of                   Kelly has been active in numerous               associate editor for Forest Science and the       Loyola University; Abdu Azad, an expert in
undergraduate natural-resource education. He         professional organizations and activities. He        Soil Science Society of America Journal.          rickettsias from the University of Maryland;
also helped grow the department’s                    helped develop and served as chair of the National        Kelly received his bachelor’s degree in      and Ingrid Stahlman, a senior conference
endowments by $2.2 million.                          Acidic Deposition Program/National Trends            biology from East Tennessee State University      manager who will handle workshop and meeting
      Before going to Iowa State University,         Network, has served on the National Association      and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in plant          logistics from Social and Scientific Systems
he spent 20 years with the Tennessee Valley          of Professional Forestry Schools and Colleges        ecology and forest soils from the University      Inc.
Authority (TVA), where he progressed through         Executive Committee, and has been a member           of Tennessee. He did post-doctoral work in              “The BRC will allow researchers
a series of assignments leading to a position as     of the board of directors of Trees Forever. He       forestry and soil science at Purdue University.   throughout the world to access, analyze, and
senior environmental scientist/team leader.          has served on technical committees for the           He is a certified professional soil scientist.    study molecular data for these infectious
He served as the Ozone Non-attainment                National Atmospheric Deposition Program and                                                            diseases as interoperable components to support
Program team leader and the Ecosystem                                                                                                                       biological synthesis,” Sobral said. Currently,
Studies process team leader. His personal                                                                                                                   the U.S. Department of Defense-funded
research from 1976-1995 focused on nutrient                                                                                                                 ToolBus/PathPort (Pathogen Portal) project at
cycling and plant response to environmental                                                                                                                 VBI directly addresses data and tool
stress.                                                                                                                                                     interoperation for infectious disease research
      At TVA, he conceived, developed, and                                                                                                                  communities and has already been leveraged
directed the Cooperative Forest Studies                                                                                                                     on behalf of other contracts, such as the Middle
Program, a joint effort between TVA and Oak                                                                                                                 Atlantic Regional Center of Excellence
Ridge National Laboratory, and helped                                                                                                                       (MARCE). It will now play a crucial enabling
develop and conduct several programs for the                                                                                                                role in the BRC’s mission.
Electric Power Research Institute.                                                                                                                                VBI’s BRC will contain high-quality
      The work of Kelly and his colleagues in                                                                                                               curated data and relevant tools to enable and
theoretical and experimental evaluations of                                                                                                                 facilitate researchers’ analytical and
acidic-deposition impacts on forest soils and                                                                                                               visualization needs. Researchers will be able to
in surface waters was a key component of the                                                                                                                store, view, display, query, annotate, and
National Acidic Precipitation Assessment                                                                                                                    analyze genomic and related data and
Program and contributed to the knowledge                                                                                                                    bibliographic information.
base on ozone impacts used in recent
amendments to the Clean Air Act.

				
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