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July 31, 2006 - Dr. Pamela Weathers will be joining ASU
as the first director of the Molecular Biosciences (MBS) Doctoral Program,
the newest doctoral program approved for ASU.
Dr. Weathers is currently a full professor at Worcester Polytechnic
Institute in Massachusetts. WPI is a leading engineering school in the
country, and Dr. Weathers has built an impressive program of research
involving the production of pharmaceutical compounds from plant tissues
and cells grown in bioreactors for commercial application. She
will arrive at ASU on a full-time basis in January, 2007, but will visit
ASU periodically during the summer and fall of 2006.
Dr. Phillips echoed that Dr. Weathers brings a wealth of expertise to ASU. "Dr. Weathers knows what it takes to launch an effective doctoral program, and she will be a tremendous asset to ASU. Her name recognition nationally and internationally in the scientific community will do justice to the Judd Hill Foundation and the College of Agriculture as the Judd Hill Distinguished Chair of Agricultural Biotechnology. In addition, she will help us to build bridges between the College of Engineering and ABI."
The new MBS program is the second interdisciplinary and cross-college doctoral program housed in the College of Sciences & Mathematics. Faculty from not only the sciences and technology-oriented colleges participate, but other colleges on campus as well, including Business and Humanities & Social Sciences. The Environmental Sciences (EVS) Graduate Studies program now offers a master’s degree as well as the doctoral degree, and it has established a strong reputation throughout the region and nationally.
Dr. Phillips and Dr. Cramer also announced that the MBS program will
initially be associated with the EVS program as a means to benefit from
the organizational management in place for EVS. To this end, both MBS and
EVS will be located in the second floor offices of the ABI building.
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