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First UW Research VP Finalist to Speak Friday

April 27, 2017

The first finalist for the position of vice president for research and economic development at the University of Wyoming will give a public presentation Friday, April 28, and it will be streamed on the WyoCast system.

Kent Keyser, associate vice president for research at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, is scheduled to speak from 2-3:15 p.m. in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center auditorium. The WyoCast link is To learn more about him, go here.

The other finalists are Joseph Heppert, associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Kansas; D. Marshall Porterfield, professor in Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and former director of Space Life and Physical Sciences Division in NASA’s Human Exploration Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.; and Edmund Synakowski, associate director of science for fusion energy sciences with the U.S. Department of Energy.

The public presentations for Heppert, Porterfield and Synakowski will be announced later. To learn more about them, go here, here and here.

The role of the vice president for research and economic development is to support and facilitate the research efforts of UW's faculty, staff and students; direct the university's research mission as a public research university; promote the university's research program with stakeholders; and direct technology transfer and commercialization efforts for UW intellectual property.

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