UMass Amherst Schedules Open Meetings With Two Additional Candidates For Vice Chancellor For Research

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts has scheduled open meetings with two additional candidates for the position of vice chancellor for research: W. Richards Adrion and Larry Lemanski.

All meetings with the candidates will take place in room 803 of the Campus Center. Faculty and staff are invited to meet with Adrion Mon. Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. A session with students will follow at 4:30 p.m.

Lemanski will meet with faculty and staff Mon. Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. Students are invited to meet with Lemanski at 4:30 p.m.

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. Light refreshments will be available.

Adrion is currently professor of computer science at UMass, where he is also director of the Centers for Research on Intelligent Complex Computing Systems (CRICCS). Last January, he accepted a two-year assignment with the National Science Foundation as division director for experimental and integrative activities in the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering Directorate. Adrion founded and, until 1999, was president and chairman of the board of the Applied Computing Systems Institute of Massachusetts, a UMass-affiliated corporation designed to transfer information and telecommunications technology developed at UMass. He was also chair of the department of computer science from 1986-94. Adrion received his bachelor''s and master''s degrees from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Lemanski is associate vice president for research and professor of both biology and medical physiology at Texas A&M University. From 1983-97, he was chairperson and professor in the department of anatomy and cell biology at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, where he also directed the cell and molecular biology program from 1987-90. Lemanski''s research interest concerns a study of myofibrillogenesis and heart inductive processes in developing embryonic hearts at the cellular and molecular levels. He has given many presentations and is widely published in his field. Lemanski received his bachelor''s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, and his master''s and Ph.D. degrees from Arizona State University.

Open meetings with two other candidates, Richard Koehn and P. Michael Conn, have already been held.