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ACHIEVERS

Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 29 - April 23, 1998

Greg Brown, dean of the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, testified on March 4 before the Interior Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations. His Capitol Hill appearance was on behalf of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, of which he is the outgoing chair. He talked about the association's partnerships and the importance of Congressional funding for extramural research and related programs, such as the Federal-State Cooperative Program in the Water Resources Division, the National Water Quality Assessment Program, and the university-U.S. Forest Service partnerships.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science Online Journal, several months ago quoted Carola Haas, assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife sciences, in a "Science Now" article on woodland songbird habitat. She explained that the benefits of wildlife corridors for birds remain unproven.
Monique Jackson, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering, received the Bevlee A. Watford Award from the Council for the Advancement of Minority Engineering Organizations (CAMEO) at Virginia Tech. Jackson, the founding president of CAMEO and of the Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) at Tech, was recognized for her outstanding contributions to minority engineering. In addition to her work with minority student organizations, Jackson has worked with the Office of Minority Engineering Programs (MEP) at Tech to improve recruitment and retention of Hispanic students.
Jackson also initiated and organized CareerFest, a technical career fair held recently at Tech. CareerFest '98 profits have been used as donations to CAMEO, SHPE, Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Society of Women Engineers, and to fund several scholarships for minority engineering students. The award was established by CAMEO members in honor of Watford, associate dean of academic affairs for the College of Engineering and director of MEP.
Peter Shires, professor, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, has been appointed director of educational technologies for the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
As such, Shires will provide leadership for a variety of educational initiatives structured on modern digital technologies.
The appointment is a part-time commitment. Shires will maintain some of his existing educational, clinical, and research responsibilities as a small-animal surgeon.