Open Meetings Scheduled with Candidates for Vice Chancellor for Research at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts has scheduled open meetings with Richard K. Koehn and P. Michael Conn, two candidates for the post of vice chancellor for research.

Faculty and staff are invited to meet with Koehn Mon. Oct. 16 in room 803 of the Campus Center from 3-4 p.m. A session with students will follow at the same location from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Conn will meet with faculty and staff Mon. Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. in room 803 of the Campus Center. Students are invited to meet with Conn Tues. Oct. 24 at 4:30 p.m. in room 811 of the Campus Center.

At the meetings, each of the candidates will speak for approximately 15 minutes, and will then be available for a question-and-answer session. All sessions are also open to the public.

Koehn is currently professor of biology at the University of Utah, where he was vice president for research from 1992-2000. The author of more than 100 papers and co-editor of "The Evolution of Genes and Proteins," he was professor of ecology and evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1970-92, where he was also dean of biological sciences from 1978-88 and director of the Center for Advanced Biomedical Biotechnology for New York State from 1983-92.

Conn is associate director and senior scientist at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, and president of STAR Park Inc., the science, technology, and research park of Oregon. Since 1995, he has also been special assistant to the president and professor of pharmacology at Oregon Health Sciences University, where he also was associate provost from 1994-95. Conn is the editor of texts in pharmacology, neuroendocrinology, and molecular endocrinology as well as more than 70 volumes in endocrinology and neuroscience. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 publications in the field of neuroendocrinology.

The vice chancellor for research advances the research mission of the University on campus, and to the federal and state governments, to industry, and to other national and international constituencies. The vice chancellor also oversees all policies and procedures relating to research, conflict of interest, consulting, technology transfer, and economic development, and generally works to encourage and support research and scholarly activities.