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MSU announces finalists, public forums for vice president for research position

September 24, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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Researchers and educators from California, Texas and Ontario are finalists for the position of Montana State University vice president for research, creativity and technology transfer.

The finalists are, in order of their visit to campus: Renee Reijo Pera, director of the Center for Reproductive and Stem Cell Biology and director of the Center for Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research and Education at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.; Karlene Hoo, professor of chemical engineering at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas; and Rui Wan, vice president of research, economic development and innovation at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Each finalist will visit campus and participate in open public forums scheduled from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7.

Martha Potvin, MSU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs and chair of the 18-member committee searching for MSU’s vice president for research, creativity and technology transfer, said the national search has attracted very talented and experienced candidates.

“Our new vice president will assume a critical leadership role at Montana State University,” Potvin said. “MSU has a strong record of accomplishment in the areas of research, creativity and technology transfer, and we look forward to selecting a new vice president who will help us continue to distinguish the university in these areas.”

A summary of the candidates’ backgrounds, and date and time of each of their public forums, follows in the order of the candidate’s visit to the Bozeman campus.

Renee Reijo Pera will be on campus Sept. 30–Oct. 1.  She currently serves as the director of the Center for Reproductive and Stem Cell Biology and director of the Center for Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research and Education at Stanford University. She earned her doctorate in molecular cell biology from Cornell University. Pera will give a public presentation at an open session set for Monday, Sept. 30, at 3:30 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building. 

Karlene Hoo will be on campus Oct. 3-4. She is professor of chemical engineering at Texas Tech University and earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. She recently served as a National Science Foundation program director in the Engineering Directorate. Hoo will give a public presentation at an open session set for Thursday, Oct. 3, at 3:30 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building. 

Rui Wang will be on campus Oct. 7-8.  He is vice president of research, economic development and innovation at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He earned a doctorate in physiology at the University of Alberta. Wang will give a presentation at an open session set for Monday, Oct. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in Strand Union Building 233-235. 

MSU’s vice president for research, creativity and technology transfer is responsible for MSU's research enterprise. The vice president also oversees the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Technology Transfer Office.

MSU is among the nation's top tier of research universities, as recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The foundation has ranked MSU as one of 108 research universities with "very high research activity." 

Contact: Martha Potvin, Provost, (406) 994-4371 or mpotvin@montana.edu