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SPECTRUM TODAY’S EDITION See page 2 for information on CommonHealth medical screenings. 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) 2 SPECTRUM FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2004 ACTIVITIES Friday, 16 EVENTS Go to web site http://www.ps.vt.edu/benefits/ch/ to register for appointment. Monday, 26 Last Day to Resign. Pay Date for Faculty and Staff Members. CommonHealth Medical Screening, Southgate Center: CommonHealth Medical Screening, Torgersen Hall: Wednesday, 21 Go to web site http://www.ps.vt.edu/benefits/ch/ to register for Go to web site http://www.ps.vt.edu/benefits/ch/ to register “With Good Reason,” 7:30 p.m., WVTF. appointment. for appointment. 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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 FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2004 SPECTRUM 3 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. 4 SPECTRUM FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2004 INOTHERNEWS OBITUARY 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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