Fralin Life Sciences Institute celebrates its dedicated team
November 30, 2022
Fralin Life Sciences Institute hosted its inaugural awards celebration to honor faculty, staff, and students for their leadership and dedication to making positive contributions to the Institute and Virginia Tech.
The awards recognition was at the top of the holiday luncheon program held at the University Club in Lane Stadium last week.
William Hopkins, associate executive director of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute and director of the Global Change Center, along with Erin Cassidy, talent management director, recognized eight individuals sharing reflections from each of their nominators.
Employee of the Year Award:
Barbara Wise, assistant director of research operations
Inspiring Postdoctoral Fellow Award:
Alexandra Cumbie, postdoctoral research fellow
Junior Fellow Award:
Jonathan Auguste, assistant professor in the Department of Entomology
Nisha Duggal, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathology
Hosein Foroutan, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Senior Fellow Award:
Linsey Marr, Charles P. Lunsford Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Distinguished Fellow Award:
Jeffrey Walters, Harold Bailey Professor of Biological Sciences
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Dennis Dean, University Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry
In addition to the award ceremony, special remarks and acknowledgments were made by Dan Sui, vice president for research and innovation, who recognized XJ Meng for his service as interim executive director for the past year. "Under his leadership, X.J.’s not only maintained continuity, but cultivated growth and a sense of community among staff and affiliated faculty," said Sui.
Sui also introduced and welcomed Rob McCarley, the new executive director of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute, who started on Dec. 1. "We are thrilled that Rob brings a wealth of expertise to this role — both in transdisciplinary research and administration. I know I am excited to see what Rob will do to further enhance Virginia Tech’s environmental and life sciences community."