Program Director:Kristin L. Morgan
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400881
Welcome to Fall Semester 2011!
The beginning of the academic year is a time filled with energy and enthusiasm as we welcome new and returning students to campus and anticipate continued success among the VA-NC Alliance partners in the months to come.
I am also pleased to welcome to the VA-NC Alliance several new and/or returning individuals. Dr. Mark Melton now serves as Principal Investigator (PI) for the Alliance at Saint Augustine’s College; Dr. Karen Eley Sanders has resumed her role as PI at Virginia Tech; Dr. Alok Berry now serves as PI at George Mason University; and Dr. Linda Columbus at the University of Virginia has joined the Alliance team as a Co-Principal Investigator. On behalf of all our partners I thank these individuals for committing their time and efforts to the partnership and wish them much success in their work at their respective institutions.
I also wish to acknowledge the departures of several members of the VA-NC Alliance team and to express best wishes to these individuals in their future endeavors. I wish all the best to Dr. Bernard White in his retirement; Dr. Eric Williams in his new position as Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity and Academic Excellence at University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dr. Gloria Payne in her role as Rausch Endowed Distinguished Professor of Biology at Elizabeth City State University; and finally, Ms. Shirley Cauley in her new position as Program Administrator for the K-12 Teacher and Adult Education Program at U.Va.’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. These four individuals have left a considerable impact on the Alliance, and their contributions in the past years are very much appreciated.
This issue of the VA-NC Alliance enewsletter features several students from each of our partner schools. As principal investigator for the Alliance, it is a pleasure to note in these profiles the high level of research conducted by our students. Profiles of these students are presented in the VA-NC Alliance 2011 Impact Report, which is currently at press (copies will be mailed to each partner school) and highlights the VA-NC Alliance’s successes from year one to year four.
During that period the number of degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics earned by underrepresented minorities increased by 31%, while enrollment in those fields increased by 22%. We look forward to continuing this significant progress during year five and beyond.
Marcus L. Martin, M.D.
Around the Alliance in Fall 2011
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