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Posted 08.03.06


New Director Named for MU Bond Life Sciences Center

Distinguished Professor from Penn State to Take the Helm

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Jack Schultz, distinguished professor at Penn State University, has been named as the new director for the University of Missouri-Columbia Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center. He will officially take the reins Jan. 1, 2007.

Jack Schultz."I am thrilled that we were able to attract someone of the quality of Jack Schultz into this position. He is truly recognized as a national leader in conducting and training students in interdisciplinary research, and is probably the best scientist that I know of in the county -- even the world -- in his ability to articulate connections among aspects of science that appear on the surface to be disparate," said James Coleman, vice chancellor for research and professor of biological sciences.

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"I am really excited about joining this world-class team of researchers and support staff assembled in a state-of-the-art facility," Schultz said. "It is an honor to be offered the opportunity to help the Life Sciences Center realize its tremendous potential for the MU campus, the people of Missouri and beyond."

Schultz is a chemical ecologist who pioneered the study of disease suppression in insects by plant chemistry. He was co-discoverer of "communication" among plants, showing for the first time that wounded plants emit volatiles that turn on defenses in unwounded plants nearby. His research on plant responses to insects has been funded continuously by the National Science Foundation for more than 25 years. His current projects are funded by more than four million dollars worth of grants.

"He is passionate about science, is well known as an inspirational teacher and mentor of students and junior faculty, and he excels at and enjoys making sure that the public understands and can benefit from the results of the full range of life sciences research," Coleman said. "I am very excited about the leadership he can bring to the Bond Life Sciences Center, the MU campus and the state's life science efforts. I expect truly great things to happen!"

Schultz has a doctorate in zoology from the University of Washington, Seattle. He spent six years doing postdoctoral research at the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem research site in New Hampshire. Schultz taught and researched in the rainforests of Costa Rica from 1979 to 1999. He joined the faculty of the Department of Entomology at Penn State University in 1983, where he is currently a distinguished professor. He teaches in three graduate programs and was the founding director for the doctoral program in ecological and molecular plant physiology, which has since merged with plant physiology and the Penn State Center of Excellence in Chemical Ecology.

"Jack Schultz comes to the position with almost 30 years of outstanding and varied experiences in life sciences and education. He brings to the position exceptional research, educational and administrative experiences needed to deliver on the vision and mission of the Center as a hub for life sciences research and education," said Mike Chippendale, interim director of the Bond Life Sciences Center.

The Bond Life Sciences Center is a $60 million facility that was dedicated in September 2004 with a goal of fostering collaboration and interdisciplinary research. The Center brings together six schools and colleges to focus on research and education in three primary areas: the supply and quality of food, prevention and treatment of disease, and protection and improvement of the environment. The vision for the Center is for it to become recognized world-wide as a center of scientific excellence and leadership in life sciences research, innovation and education.



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