AES Directors

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Associate Director Agricultural & Forestry Experiment StationUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks
Other 347 O'Neill Bldg. Fairbanks AK 99775-7200
Work Phone: 907-474-7429 Work Fax: 907-474-6184 Website: Visit Website
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Interim Dean and Interim Director School of Natural Resources & Agricultural SciencesUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks
Other PO Box 757140 Fairbanks AK 99775-7140
Work Phone: 907-474-7620 Work Fax: 907-474-6184 Website: Visit Website
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Photo of Dr. Sangita Pawar
Assistant Dean, Research Administration University of ArizonaCollege of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Work Forbes Building, Room 314 1140 E South Campus Dr. PO Box 210036 Tuscon AZ 210036 USA
Work Phone: 520-626-3408

Research Interests

  • Mechanisms of cancer metastasis
  • Adaptation of cancer cells for migration

Research Activities

Cancer cells have to adapt to their microenvironment to enable them to leave the primary foci in order to travel to distant sites to establish metastasis. Depending on the site and tissue of the metastasis site the cells express corresponding proteins which enable them to survive in the new microenvironment. My research focuses on the changes that take place in a cancer cell which is capable of establishing tumors at secondary sites.

More than 75% of cancer related fatalities are due to complications that arise due to cancer metastasis. I am interested in identifying prognostic and therapeutic biomarker targets for cancer metastasis. My research is focused on studying cancer specific cleaved proteins that are released by cancer cells.

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Photo of Shane C. Burgess
Dean College of Agriculture & Life SciencesUniversity of Arizona
Other Forbes Building, Room 306 1140 E. South Campus Drive Tucson AZ 85721-0036
Work Phone: 520-621-7621

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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Photo of Dr. Mary E. Delany
Associate Director AES University of California-DavisCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Home One Shields Ave CA&ES Dean's Office 150 Mark Hall Davis CA 95616-8571 USA
Work Phone: 530-752-1606

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.

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Photo of Dr. Helene R. Dillard
Dean and Director of AES University of California-DavisCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Home One Shields Ave CA&ES Dean's Office Davis CA 95616-8571 USA
Work Phone: (530) 752-1605

Dean Dillard is a plant pathologist whose research has been focused on the biology and epidemiology of fungal plant pathogens and sustainable management of plant diseases.

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Dean & Associate Director AES/CE University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR)University of California-Berkeley
Other 101 Giannini Hall Berkeley CA 94720
Work Phone: 510-642-7171 Work Fax: 510-642-4612 Website: Visit Website

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.

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Photo of Michael D. Lairmore
UC Davis School of Vet Med Dean and Associate Director AES/CE University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR)University of California-Davis, School of Vet Med
Home Dean's Office 112 Surge IV Davis CA 95616 USA
Work Phone: 530-752-1361

Veterinary pathology, microbiology, and immunology: Pathogenesis of retroviral diseases especially deltaretroviruses; bovine leukemia virus and human t-cell leukemia virus

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UC Riverside CNAS Associate Director, AES/CE Agriculture & Natural ResourcesUniversity of California-Riverside
Other 312 Science Laboratoroes I Riverside CA 92521
Work Phone: 951-827-2358

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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Photo of Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice-President - Academic Programs & Strategic Initiatives; Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station & Cooperative Extension Division of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesUniversity of California-Systemwide
Other 1111 Franklin St., 10th Floor Oakland CA 94607-5200
Work Phone: 510-987-9359 Work Fax: 510-832-8612 Website: Visit Website
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Photo of Craig Beyrouty
Dean and Director College of Agricultural SciencesColorado State University
Other 1101 Campus Delivery 121 Shepardson Fort Collins CO 80523
Work Phone: 970-491-6274 Work Fax: 970-491-4895
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Associate Dean for Research and Deputy Director Agricultural Experiment StationColorado State University
Other 121 Shepardson Campus Delivery 1101 Fort Collins CO 80523 USA
Work Phone: 970-491-6274 Work Fax: 970-491-7396 Website: Visit Website
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Photo of Singeru Singeo
Dean & Director Land Grant ProgramCollege of Micronesia
Other PO Box 1179 Kolonia, Pohnpei FM 96941
Work Phone: 691-320-2462 Work Fax: 691-320-2242 Website: http://www.comlandgrant.org/
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Associate Dean/Director College of Agriculture and Life SciencesqUniversity of Guam
Work UOG Station Mangilao GU 96923
Work Phone: 671-735-2004

BA, Biology, University of Guam
MS, Nutritional Sciences, University of Hawaii
PhD, Food Science and Nutrition, Colorado State University

Nutrition and dietetics, metabolic syndrome, physical activity, obesity, diet, nutritional education, cancer prevention

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Photo of Dr. Maria Gallo
Dean & Director University of Hawaii, ManoaCollege of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
Home 3050 Maile Way University of Hawaii HI 96822 USA
Work Phone: (808)956-8234 Work Fax: (808)956-9105

Dr. Gallo obtained her bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Cornell University, and her master’s degree in crop science and PhD in genetics from North Carolina State University.

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.

In addition to being author of numerous publications, Gallo is immediate past president of the Crop Science Society of America and the American Peanut Research and Education Society. Both are prestigious societies in the field of agriculture.

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.

In 2012, she was selected to lead the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawai?i at M?noa as its new dean effective July 16, 2012. Her appointment is for three years.

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Photo of J. Kenneth Grace, Jr.
Interim Associate Dean/Director or Research College of Tropical Agriculture & Human ResourcesUniversity of Hawaii
Other 3050 Maile Way Honolulu HI 96822
Work Phone: 808-956-6737

Education : Aviation High School, California 1969
B.A. Biology, University of California 1980
Ph.D. Entomology 1986
Research Interests:
Biology, behavior, ecology, and control of termites and ants

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Director Agricultural Experiment StationUniversity of Idaho
Other PO Box 442337 Moscow ID 83844-2337
Work Phone: 208-885-6214 Work Fax: 208-885-4719 Website: Visit Website
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Land Grant ProgramCollege of Micronesia
Other Majuro MH 96960
Work Phone: 692-625-3394 Work Fax: 692-625-7203
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Photo of Biuma Samson
Dean Cooperative Research Extension/Land GrantCollege of the Marshall Islands
Other PO Box 1258 Majuro MH 96960 Republic of the Marshall Islands
Work Phone: 692-528-5033/5034 Work Fax: 692-528-4699 Website: Visit Website
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Associate Director College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental SciencesNew Mexico State University
Other PO Box 30003 MSC 3BF Las Cruces NM 88003
Work Phone: 575-646-3125 Work Fax: 575-646-2816

 

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Associate Dean & Director College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental SciencesNew Mexico State University
Other PO Box 30003 MSC 3BF Las Cruces NM 88003
Work Phone: 575-646-3125 Work Fax: 575-646-2816
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Photo of William (Bill) Payne
Dean and Director of CABNR/NAES University of NevadaCollege of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources
Work 1664 N Virginia Street Department of CABNR/NAES University of Nevada Reno NV 89557 USA
Work Phone: 775-784-6237

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.

EDUCATION

B.A. Wabash College, Chemistry 1981
M.S. Texas A&M, Soil Science 1988
Ph.D. Texas A&M, Soil Science 1990

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Executive Associate Dean Oregon State UniversityCollege of Agricultural Sciences
Other 138 Strand Agriculture Hall Corvallis OR 97334-2212
Work Phone: 541-737-2331 Website: http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/
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Dean & Director College of AgricultureOregon State University
Other 126 Strand Agriculture Hall Corvallis OR 97331-2212
Work Phone: 541-737-2331 Work Fax: 541-737-4574 Website: Visit Website

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.

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Assistant Director Agricultural Experiment StationOregon State University
Other Strand Agriculture Hall 126 Corvallis OR 97334-2212
Work Phone: 541-737-1915 Work Fax: 541-737-3178 Website: Visit Website

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.

 

JanFrom 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.

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Associate Director Agricultural Experiment StationOregon State University
Other 138 Strand Agriculture Hall Corvallis OR 97331
Work Phone: 541-737-5911 Website: Visit Website

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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Vice President Cooperative Research and ExtensionPalau Community College
Other PO Box 9 Koror Republic of Palau 96940
Work Phone: 680-488-2746 Work Fax: 680-488-3307 Website: Visit Website
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Assistant Director Utah State UniversityAgricultural Experiment Station
Other 4810 Old Main Hill Logan UT 84322-4810
Work Phone: 435-797-2383 Work Fax: 435-797-2701 Website: Visit Website
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Photo of Kennith White
Dean and AES Director, VP for Extension Utah State UniversityCollege of Agriculture and Applied Science
Home 430 Agricultural Sciences Buildg. Logan UT 84322-4810
Work Phone: (435) 797-2201

Animal Sciences: reproductive physiology, developmental biology

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Assistant Director Washington State UniversityAgricultural Research Center
Work P.O Box 646382 Washington State University Pullman WA 99164-6382 USA
Work Phone: 509.335.7907 Website: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/research/
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Director ARC and Associate Dean for Research Washington State UniversityCollege of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS)
Work PO Box 646240 Pullman WA 99164-6240
Work Phone: 509-335-4563 Website: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/research/

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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Director & Associate Dean Agricultural Experiment StationUniversity of Wyoming
Other 1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3354 Laramie WY 82071-2000
Work Phone: 307-766-3667 Work Fax: 307-766-3379 Website: Visit Website
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