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President of Ferrum College, one of four finalists

Ferrum College President David Johns is one of four finalists for the presidency of Northern New Mexico College, a state-sponsored school in Española, New Mexico.

According to a school press release reported by Santa Fe New Mexican, one of the other finalists is New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas.

All finalists are to perform publicly on campus; Johns will be there today. One of his events will be streamed live at 3pm EST at https://nnmc.zoom.us/j/95303844727.

Johns has been President of Ferrum since 2018. Northern New Mexico College was founded in 1909, became a community college in 1977 and a four-year school in 2005. There were 1,135 students enrolled in the school in 2020, according to New Mexico Higher Education. According to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, Ferrum’s enrollment is 783.

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Fralin Life Sciences Institute appoints new CEO

Robin McCarley has been named the new executive director of Virginia Tech’s Fralin Life Sciences Institute, effective December 1.

Robin McCarley. Courtesy of Virginia Tech.

McCarley, currently the Barbara Womack Alumni Association Endowed Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University, has been appointed, according to a Tech.

XJ Meng, University Distinguished Professor at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and Professor of Internal Medicine at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, has served as interim executive director since last December.

McCarley will oversee investments, including recruiting and seeding new faculty members, retaining established faculty members, investing in thematic research centers, seed capital for new research projects, equipment purchases, graduate student recruitment, undergraduate research support, and public relations support.

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McCarley received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining Louisiana State University in 1992, McCarley was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Tech professor wins $1.9 million grant from NIH

Emily Mevers, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech College of Science, recently received a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health aimed at harnessing the microbiomes of marine egg masses for development of next-generation antibiotics to treat emerging pathogens.

The specific grant is an Early-Stage Investigator Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award that offers young researchers the flexibility to pursue a breakthrough discovery by pursuing unexpected discoveries not included in the original research proposal.

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Nora Jones. Courtesy of Virginia Tech.

Tech alumna speaks at National Women in Entrepreneurship Week

Nora Jones, a graduate of Virginia Tech and Founder and CEO of chaos engineering startup Jeli, will host a networking event and keynote address on Tuesday, October 18 in celebration of National Women in Entrepreneurship Week at the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs .

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In her keynote discussion, titled Learning from Failure: From Virginia Tech to Jeli, Jones will highlight the lessons she has learned from the ups and downs of her entrepreneurial journey.

Prior to founding Jeli, Jones held positions as Head of Chaos Engineering and Human Factors at Slack and Senior Software Engineer at Netflix.

Jones’ work focuses on the socio-technical aspects of engineering and how people and software work together in practice in distributed systems.

During the October 18 event, there will be a social and networking session with Jones at 6:00 p.m. prior to the keynote speech at 7:00 p.m. For more information on the event and to register, visit Nora Jones’ event page.

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