Higher Education administrator with a strong proven track record at creating strategic partnerships and progressive expansion that impact the bottom line and expand the scope and reach of programs. Strong fund development background with experience in capital campaigns. Innovative leader with demonstrated ability to build teams and facilitate organizational change.
Shane C. Burgess, director of the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology at Mississippi State University, has been appointed the new dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona.
Burgess succeeds Eugene G. Sander, who recently retired as dean and vice provost and will serve as UA president beginning Aug. 1, while the Arizona Board of Regents searches for a new chief executive.
A native of New Zealand, Burgess has worked around the world as a practicing veterinarian and scientist. Currently, he is the associate dean for strategic initiatives and economic development in MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and a professor in the department of basic sciences in the vet school.
His areas of expertise include cancer biology, virology, proteomics, immunology and bioinformatics. Since 1997 he has written 110 peer-reviewed publications.
The first in his family to earn college degree, Burgess graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 1989 with a degree in veterinary science, and in 1998 with a doctoral degree in virology and immunology from the University of Bristol in England. After graduating, he spent several years working in and managing veterinary clinical practices in Australia and the UK, including horses, farm animals, pets, wild and zoo animals, and emergency medicine and surgery.
He also managed an aquaculture facility in Scotland and did a radiology residency at Murdoch University in Perth in western Australia, where he also was a founder of Perth’s first emergency veterinary clinic.
Burgess joined the UK World Reference Laboratory for Exotic Diseases during the 2001 foot and mouth disease crisis, where he led the data compilation and reporting office. For his efforts he was awarded the Institute for Animal Health Director’s Award for Service.
In 2002, Burgess became a professor in the department of basic sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State, teaching immunology and virology. His duties there grew to include serving as the director of the MSU Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology.
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Delany’s research focuses on avian telomere biology, using the chicken as the primary study organism. Her projects address Marek’s disease virus, a DNA herpesvirus, which induces a lethal T-cell lymphoma in chickens. The disease is of enormous significance in the poultry industry, but also serves as an important model for human herpesvirus infections and associated conditions.
Delany also is involved in gene mapping and genome organization of the chicken and turkey, mapping and gene analysis of limb and craniofacial malformations, and the conservation of poultry and avian genetic resources for researchers.
Andrew J. Thulin began his role as dean of Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences (CAFES) in June 2014, after serving as interim dean for the prior year. Prior to his current role, Thulin concurrently directed strategic initiatives for the university and served as head of CAFES’ Animal Science Department. Under his 15-year leadership, the Animal Science Department implemented a new strategic vision that led to a significant expansion of facilities, faculty and staff. Graduation rates increased to nearly 90 percent, and more than $16 million was raised for new laboratories and the construction of a new Beef Center, Animal Nutrition Center and Meat Processing Center, among others. Before joining Cal Poly in 1998, Thulin managed technology development at Cargill, Inc., the nation’s largest private company. His responsibilities included spearheading new international business ventures and deploying new technologies to bring greater efficiencies and increased profitability to the company. Prior to joining Cargill, Inc., Thulin was a professor at Michigan State University, where he held a three-way appointment in extension, teaching and research.
Specific areas of research include: developing and improving methods to detect microorganisms in environmental samples (e.g., water, wastewater, biosolids, and soil) using traditional cultural methods as well as molecular methods; developing methods to assess the vulnerability of ground water to fecal contamination using bacteriophages; examining the factors that control the persistence of pathogenic microorganisms in the environment; assessing the potential for microbial contamination of ground water using both laboratory soil columns and field tracer studies; assessing the efficacy of water, wastewater, and biosolids treatment processes to inactivate pathogenic microorganisms; and assessing the potential for the use of mathematical models to predict the survival and transport of microorganisms in soil-water systems.
Dean Gilless holds appointments in his College’s Departments of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and Agricultural and Resource Economics. He is a forest economist by training, and his research program has been focused on forest management, wildland fire protection, trade in forest products, regional economics, and international development.
Dr. Yates conducts research in the area of water and wastewater microbiology. Her research focuses on assessing the potential for the contamination of water by human pathogenic microorganisms. As the intentional use of reclaimed water and biosolids (which may contain pathogenic microorganisms) increases, it is necessary to understand the potential impacts of these practices on public health
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Nancy has been Associate Dean since May 2005 and loves being an advocate for students! She is an animal nutritionist by training and her passion beyond students/teaching is a flock of wool sheep she raises with her husband Steve. You can find out more about those BEAUTIFUL sheep at http://www.aniroonz.com
Lou Swanson is the Vice President for Engagement and Director of
Colorado State University Extension. He oversees CSU Extension,
Continuing Education, economic and community development, the Colorado
Water Research Institute, and the Bighorn Leadership Development
Dr. Swanson, a rural sociologist, obtained his bachelor’s degree in
political science at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, his master’s of
technology in international development from North Carolina State
University and his doctorate in rural sociology from Pennsylvania State
University. He was a professor in the University of Kentucky’s
Department of Sociology before joining CSU in 1997. He has served as
professor and chair of the CSU Sociology Department and associate dean
of the College of Liberal Arts. He has spent the majority of his career
focused on public policy associated with the sociology of agriculture
and rural community studies. A past president of the Rural Sociological
Society, he maintains an active research agenda centered on policy
issues associated with agriculture and rural development and community
change. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters and
has authored or co-authored six books on rural communities in the United
States. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, as a Resident
Fellow at Resources for the Future, and in 2009 was recognized as an
Outstanding Alumni in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State
Gallo was a professor and chair of the agronomy department at the University of Florida in Gainesville where she led a research program aimed at improving the performance and quality of tropical energy and agronomic crops. She is the founder of the world’s pioneering programs for sugarcane biotechnology. The enhancement of sugarcane as a bioenergy crop is currently the main thrust of her multi-disciplinary research team.
Gallo is also the co-founder and co-director of the University of Florida’s Scientific Thinking and Educational Partnership Program, whose main objective is to establish a nexus for life science researchers and social scientists. The program catalyzes and provides logistical support for the development of quality education and outreach components of grant proposals, enhancing faculty competitiveness in obtaining extramural funding.
Charles M. Kinoshita, PE, PhD, has been Principal Investigator for numerous projects involving conversion of biomass into fuels and higher-valued products, bioremediation, physical and biological sequestration of carbon dioxide, and other projects dealing with renewable energy, the environment, and workforce development. He teaches or has taught courses in transport phenomena, thermosciences, and engineering design, and has trained practicing engineers.
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Over the past 30 years, Dr. Sylvia Yuen has dedicated her professional career and personal life to serving Hawai‘i’s families and communities. Few alumni of CTAHR have gained the respect of their colleagues, students, university administrators, business leaders, politicians, and the general community as has Sylvia, and even fewer can lay claim to the level of success that she has achieved in research, teaching, extension, and university administration.
Sylvia graduated from the University of Hawai‘i in 1964 with a degree in home economics education. She went on to receive a master’s degree in child development from the University of Illinois and returned to UH to gain a PhD degree in psychology. Sylvia has spent the majority of her professional career at UH Ma¯noa, serving in the following capacities:
Faculty member and chair, Department of Human DevelopmentEmployee Relations Administrator for the UH system Director of UH-Manoa’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Associate dean for academic affairs, CTAHRInterim dean, CTAHRDirector, Center on the Family
Sylvia was the second woman to serve as Associate Dean and the first woman to serve as Interim Dean of CTAHR since its founding in 1907. She is also the first female and the first person from the Human Resources side of the college to receive CTAHR’s Outstanding Alumni award.
In CTAHR, Sylvia secured funds and launched many new programs, including the
Multicultural Scholars Program, which attracted new undergraduate minority students to career opportunities in agriculture, nutrition, and human resourcesHawaii International Program, a travel-abroad program for students and faculty that focused on global food and agricultural systemsNSF Young Scholars Pacific Region Program, which recruited academically talented high-school students from Hawai‘i and the American Pacific to participate in CTAHR’s research programsCTAHR Student Research Symposium, a venue for students to present research findings in a professional environment
Sylvia is a social scientist of national stature. More recently, as director of the Center on the Family, she has been recognized for leading multidisciplinary approaches to promote the well being of children, families, and the aging in Hawai‘i. Under her leadership, the Center on the Family has grown to be a premier research and extension unit that houses 10 faculty members and 35 grant-supported project staff and graduate students. The Center is recognized nationally and locally for its data on Hawai‘i’s people. As a principal or coprincipal investigator, she has garnered more than $22 million in grants and contracts. Sylvia has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and more than 125 technical reports, educational outreach publications, and media pieces. Her contributions to the instructional mission of the college have been equally impressive, and have brought her three excellence-in-teaching awards.
Sylvia’s contribution to the community goes well beyond her accomplishments in the Center of the Family. At the national level, she served as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and as an officer of the National Council on Aging and the National Asian-Pacific Center on Aging Board of Directors. In Hawai‘i, she presently serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Institute for Human Services, Honolulu Community Action Program, Asia-U.S. Partnership Advisory Board, and American Judicature Society-Hawaii Chapter. She was recently selected as the 2010 Maryknoll High School Outstanding Alumna.
Dr. Sylvia Yuen has made outstanding contributions to the university and the state and to countless families in Hawai‘i. We are proud to honor her as the CTAHR Outstanding Alumna of 2010.
Associate Dean since 2004, John loves working with students. He is an Agricultural Economist, specializing in Agribusiness Management. Prior to returning to school, he worked in industry for Ralston Purina. He is active in Boy Scouts and Barbershop singing and has a passion for collecting Lionel trains.
Dr. Payne recently moved from Ethiopia, where he worked with the International Center for Agricultural Research for the Dry Areas as Director of a $150 million research program aimed at improving food security and livelihoods in the dry areas of the world. Dr. Payne serves as Professor of Crop Physiology at Texas A&M University, and is former Research Director of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. He has advised charitable foundations, national and international agencies, publishers, foreign governments and universities on science, food security, and sustainable agriculture. Dr. Payne has been named fellow of five international scientific societies and has held numerous leadership roles at the state, national and international level.
B.Sc. Biochemistry, 1985 University of California, Davis
Ph.D. Biology, 1996 Michigan State University
ACADEMIC & RESEARCH INTEREST
The goal of this project is to determine how natural rubber is synthesized in plants. Natural rubber is required for the manufacture of thousands of products needed in daily life. Due to its superior performance properties, natural rubber is an irreplaceable material in the manufacture of many products, such as automobile and aircraft tires. Surprisingly, even with its high economic and strategic importance, the biosynthesis of rubber has been poorly characterized. Move than fifty years of biochemical experimentation has so far failed to identify the proteins required for rubber biosynthesis in plants. This is primarily due to the fact that the membrane associated rubber biosynthetic machinery is resistant to purification by classic biochemical methods. To circumvent this problem, proteomics, genomics and reverse genetic analyses will be used to functionally identify the genes/proteins required for rubber biosynthesis from two hyper-producing rubber species, guayule (Parthenium argentatum) and Russian dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz). The novel approach used here represents the most rapid means of advancing our knowledge of rubber biosynthesis in plants and will lead to identification of genes/proteins that regulate the quantity and quality of natural rubber.
The gene-based resources generated from this research will be used for the improvement of current rubber producing crops and the development of alternative rubber producing domestic crops through genetic engineering and molecular breeding approaches. The development of domestic rubber producing crops will provide a number of benefits to the American public including: 1) decreased dependence on imported natural rubber, 2) the creation of a new high value commodity crops for the American farmer, 3) the generation of a hypoallergenic alternatives to Hevea derived rubber for persons with latex allergies and 4) decreased dependence on petroleum for the synthesis of synthetic polymers.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) Biosynthesis In Plants
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) deficiencies in humans can lead to a condition known as Beriberi that is manifested by severe neurological disorders and a general wasting phenomenon. This disease is primarily associated with poverty-stricken populations of developing countries whose diets subsist primarily of polished grain products such as polished rice or bleached wheat flour. A sustainable solution to thiamin deficiencies in humans would be to increase the nutritional content of staple food crops that endogenous populations of the world commonly consume. By genetic engineering crops for increased thiamin, it should be possible to positively impact the nutritional needs of the global population. Unfortunately, the major impediment to this effort is a current lack of knowledge pertaining to the biosynthesis of thiamin in plants. We are using a combination of biochemical, molecular, and genomic-based approaches to dissect the regulatory mechanisms controlling thiamin biosynthesis in plants. The increased biosynthetic knowledge obtained through our research will be important for the rational design of crops engineered for elevated thiamin levels for improved human and animal nutrition.
President, J & L Nursery Co., Inc., 1969 -1999
Secretary-Treasurer, J&L Nursery Co, Inc., 1999 – present
Secretary- Treasurer, Performance Northwest, Inc., 1999.- present
Van Waters & Rogers, Inc. – Manager of three Fertilizer Plants, 1966 – 1973
Van Waters & Rogers, Inc., – Outside Sales of Agriculture Chemicals and Fertilizer 1960 – 1973
Director, Region VI, American Nursery & Landscape Association 1989 – 1994 (Representing nine Western States and British Columbia)
Treasurer, American Nursery & Landscape Association – 1991 – 1994
President, American Nursery & Landscape Association – 1995 – 1996
Chair – Investment Committee, Horticulture Research Institute 2001 -2003
President, Oregon Association of Nurseries, 1985 – 1986
(Established ON-PAC – Oregon Nurserymen’s Political Action Committee)
Chaired and/or member of many OAN and ANLA Committees
Past-President, Northwest Horticultural Congress
Past-Director, Western Region, International Plant Propagators Society
Past-Member of Oregon Department of Agriculture Nursery Advisory Committee
Until his appointment as vice provost in April 2007, Scott had been dean and director of the OSU Extension Service since 2005. He has served at Oregon State since 1990 in various College of Forestry roles, including professor, executive associate dean and Extension program leader. He holds a Ph.D. in policy and economics from University of Minnesota and bachelor and master of science degrees in forestry from Michigan State University. Before coming to OSU, Scott coordinated activities at the University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center while serving as an outreach specialist in timber harvesting and economic development. He has prior experience with the Potlatch Corporation.
Before taking on the role of dean in the University Honors College, Arp was named the L.L Stewart Professor of Gene Research in 2002, and two years later became chair of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Arp began his career at the University of Erlangen in West Germany, where he was research director and a NATO postdoctoral fellow. He also has been on the biochemistry faculty at the University of California-Riverside.
Arp’s studies have focused on agriculturally and environmentally relevant microorganisms, nitrification, the biology of bacteria and bioremediation. He is one of a handful of OSU faculty members to carry the prestigious title “distinguished professor,” and he is an affiliate of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing on campus.
Jan Auyong received her B.S. (Biology) and B.A. (Psychology) degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and her M.A. (Biological Sciences) from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her Ph.D. in marine resource development is from Texas A&M University.
Jan was employed as a Policy Analyst by the U.S. Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., reviewing coastal zone management plan environmental impact statements and drafting departmental responses, prior to taking a post as a Coastal Resources Specialist with the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Extension Service (from 1983 through 1989). Her responsibilities included both statewide and Pacific Basin-wide (U.S. territories and affiliated states) projects related to coastal management plans, marine recreation and parks, and coastal tourism development. Her Pacific islands work involved participating on integrated teams (agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, coastal erosion, coastal development) focused on development of coastal management plans for sustainable economic development.
From 1990-1992, Jan served as Deputy Director at the National Coastal Resources R&D Institute, housed at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. She provided leadership for the competitive grants and communications/outreach functions. Institute programs included fisheries, aquaculture, coastal development, and coastal community development.
Before moving to the post of Assistant Director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station in 2005, Jan spent ten years with Oregon Sea Grant overseeing its competitive grants program. Currently, she provides support for the research enterprise activities of the Experiment Station, carries out liaison functions with the Station’s federal and state funding agencies, and oversees planning and reporting by the Station.
Jan also serves as Executive Associate Director for the Sun Grant Western Regional Center. The Center is housed at Oregon State University under the auspices of the College of Agricultural Sciences and serves a region consisting of the nine western states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and the U.S. Pacific Island territories and nations (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau).
Jan is married to Richard Titgen, an oceanographer with NOAA Fisheries (Alaska Fisheries Science Center) in Newport, Oregon. Jan enjoys reading, hiking, scuba diving, cooking, and traveling.
Stella Melugin Coakley grew up on a small farm in the central San Joaquin Valley near Modesto, California. She earned a B.S. degree in plant sciences and an M.S. and Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of California at Davis. After receiving her Ph.D. degree in 1973, she joined the faculty of the University of Denver, first as a visiting professor and later as an associate research professor in Biological Sciences. From 1975 to 1976, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. In 1988, Stella moved to Oregon State University where she served as professor and head of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology for over 15 years. Since 2004, she has served as professor and associate dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University and as associate director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.
In the role of associate dean and associate director, Stella works as a part of the leadership team in the College. Currently, she provides oversight for the research, education, and outreach programs for approximately one-half of the departments and branch stations, two centers/institutes and other programs within the college; she also serves as the college liaison to various university research centers and institutes.
Stella is internationally known for her research on the relationships among climate variation, global climate change, and plant disease epidemics. She served on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems Program, a project of the International Geosphere Biosphere Program. Stella has been the recipient of research grants from various federal agencies including NSF, USAID, and USDA, and commodity groups. She was the principal investigator on the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that served to make Oregon State University the flag-ship institution in the Pacific Northwest for the development of internship-based Professional Science Masters Degree Program. The Sloan initiative has generated new professional science masters degrees at Oregon State University, thereby fostering new and mutually beneficial links between industry and academia. This has contributed in a major way to the current state effort to increase the number of programs offering this degree. A strong proponent of collaboration between departments and colleges, Stella served as the president of the Oregon State University Faculty Senate in 2004 and has provided leadership for a variety of multidepartment projects throughout her career.
Stella has also provided scientific leadership at the national level, chairing a task force to improve post-award management for the USDA/CSREES, in Washington, D.C., in 2002 and 2003. She was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2000 and of the American Phytopathological Society in 2006.
Stella is married to James A. Coakley, Jr., an atmospheric scientist who is a Professor in Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU. They have three daughters: Sarah (married to Charles Lewis) who is the minister of the Piedmont Presbyterian Church in Portland and the mother of Coakley Anna Lewis; Miriam (married to Darin Riherd) who is a full-time student in Criminal Justice at Portland State University while residing in Corvallis and mothering Moira and James; and Martha who is returning to college to work on a M.S. in physics after two years teaching as a Peace Corp volunteer in Namibia.
Stella enjoys her grandchildren, gardening, and especially, weed elimination.
Lawrence (Larry) Curtis earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biology at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. In 1980, he received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.
In 1980, Larry joined Oregon State University (OSU) as an assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. There he led a research group focused on environmental toxicology at the Oak Creek Laboratory of Biology until 1995. Larry received multiple grants from National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and industry during those years. He mentored 16 graduate students and two post-doctoral fellows over that time. Much of his research focused on transport, fate, and effects of persistent organic pollutants in aquatic ecosystems. Larry participated in the first class of the State Agricultural Experiment Station Leadership Development course during 1991-1992.
Larry moved to East Tennessee State University in 1995 and chaired the Department of Environmental Health. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology in the Quillen College of Medicine where he continued his NIH-funded research on persistent organic pollutants and mentored five graduate students. He also participated as a co-investigator on a major grant from the Kellogg Foundation. The goal of that project was facilitation of team building between physicians, nurse practitioners and environmental health professionals.
In 1999, Larry returned to OSU as a professor and department head in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. He continued his research, classroom teaching, and mentoring of graduate students. Larry led a major water quality study on the Willamette River from 2002-2004 that received the 2005 OSU Oldfield/Jackman Team Award.
Larry accepted the role of Associate Dean in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) in 2006. His primary responsibility is liaison between CAS administration and its department heads and branch station superintendents. Larry continues to be active in science through service to editorial boards and the Society of Toxicology (Treasurer 2009-2011).
Larry enjoys fishing, golf and travel with his wife Shelley. Shelley is the Directing Curator for the Art” rel=”nofollow”>http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/art/index.html“>Art About Agriculture program at OSU. He and Shelley especially enjoy time with their son Aaron, his wife Cara, and their grandchildren Ella and Ben. Aaron and Cara are currently pursuing academic careers at the University of Idaho and Washington State University, respectively. Both campuses are a short commute from their home in Pullman, Washington.
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Dr. Moyer is a renowned plant pathologist with a resesearch focus on virology–in particular, the population structure and dynamics of tospoviruses. He has made contributions to sweet potato pathology and cultivar development, was awarded a patent for fingerprinting ornamental plant cultivars and is involved in numerous national and international activities.
He has served as president of the American Phytopathological Society and is a fellow of that group. He received the Morrison Medal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service and the Alex Laurie Award from the national floral crop industry for his research contributions.
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Formerly entomology professor and Chair, Texas Tech University, Director, TTU Center, Junction. Since 1986 served as Head, Department of Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences, Founding Director of the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning, and now Associate Dean, University of Wyoming with the creed, “Students: The Reason We’re Here.”