Bart Thielges, Steve Strauss
Bart Thielges, Associate
Dean for Research and International Programs, was honored at OSU’s
University Day in September for his work in developing cooperative
agreements between OSU and universities in Africa. Thielges has
been instrumental in establishing research and educational linkages
with the universities of Natal and Zululand in South Africa, the
University of Botswana, and the International Center for Research
in Agroforestry in Kenya. He also developed a USAID-funded cooperative
project with the University of Fort Hare and Fort Cox College of
Agriculture, two historically black colleges in South Africa. (Thielges
has developed many such agreements with research institutions around
the world; please see the story “New international partnerships
formed” on p. 19.)
Steve Strauss and the forest biotechnology group
he directs, Tree Genetic Engineering Research Cooperative, were
inducted into the ASE Mentoring Hall of Fame in October. Strauss
and his group have mentored 10 outstanding high school students
over the last eight years via the Apprenticeship in Science and
Engineering Program of the Saturday Academy. Each year the students
are exposed to lab and field research in plant biotechnology and
discussions of science careers and ethics concerning biotechnology,
forestry, and agriculture.
Connie Patterson has left the Department of Forest
Products to join the Department of Forest Resources as advisor for
the Natural Resources undergraduate degree program.
Glen Murphy joined the Forest Engineering Department
in July 2001 as a professor of harvest operations analysis. He earned
his Ph.D. at OSU in the mid-1980s. He comes from New Zealand, where
he worked as a research leader, professor, and international consultant.
Stephen Schoenholtz joined the Department of Forest
Engineering as an associate professor in forest hydrology. He comes
most recently from Mississippi State University.
Kevin Hudson has come on board with the College
of Forestry as system support
specialist in the Computer Resources Group. Kevin is a familiar
face, having been a part-time consultant since 1999.
Joe Holmberg, a Fernhopper from way back (Forest
Management 1963), has joined Forestry Extension and Rick Fletcher’s
work in the Sustainable Forestry Partnership and the Outreach Office.
Holmberg will develop a year-long program in silvicultural options.
Jessica Leahy, who just finished her master’s
in Forest Resources with a concentration in environmental and resource
economics, is a new faculty research assistant working with Becky
Johnson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Mark Lichtenstein, who just finished his master’s
in forest economics, is a new faculty research assistant working
with Claire Montgomery, Forest Resources.
Office specialist Susan McEvoy is new in the
Forest Resources office; she coordinates and supports the department’s
Jerry Mohr and Denise Steigerwald
are new in Computing Resources. Mohr coordinates computing applications
for research, and Steigerwald develops and maintains research databases
for both Computing Resources and the Northwest Tree Improvement
Glenn T. Howe is new in the Department of Forest
Science as assistant professor of forest genetics and director of
the Pacific Northwest Tree Improvement Research Cooperative (PNWTIRC).
Howe, who received his doctorate here in 1991, comes most recently
from The Ohio State University. He worked for the PNWTIRC under
Tom Adams from 1983-86.
Daniel W. Cress has joined the staff of the Northwest
Tree Improvement Cooperative (a different co-op, despite the similar-sounding
name) as analyst and coordinator after working for the co-op as
Forest Resources: Alan Long,
from the University of Florida; Stale Stordal,
from the Eastern Norway Research Institute at Lillehammer; John
Wu, from the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute in Taipei.
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