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2001 Assembly of Delegates:
Nominees for Northwest Region Director

November 9-11, 2001, Raleigh, North Carolina
In conjunction with the Sigma Xi Forum, November 8-9, 2001

Name: Howard Ceri

Present Position: Professor Biological Sciences, Chairman Biofilm Research Group Organization: University of Calgary

Address: Biological Sciences
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Telephone: 403-220-6960
FAX: 403-289-9311

Chapter Affiliation: University of Calgary

Candidate's Statement: I am seeking to serve again as Northwest Regional Director because I am very committed to our region and appreciate having had the opportunity to represent you on the Board of Directors. I am continually impressed by the collegiality, the interest in science, and the willingness to support the ideals of Sigma Xi displayed in our regional assemblies. In a broader context I am also very committed to Sigma Xi as a chapter based organization, which supports scientific, education, honor and ethics, and promotes the awareness of science and the scientific endevor across the disciplines. It is in support of these ideals and missions of Sigma Xi that I am happy to serve as your Regional Director.

Sigma Xi and Other Activities: Sigma Xi: North West Regional Director 200-, Committee on Membership and Qualifications 1999-, Audit Committee 2001, Sec, Univ Calgary Chapter, 95-; Past Pres, Univ Calgary Chapter,93-94; Pres, Univ Calgary Chapter, 92-93; Northwest Reg Nominating Comt, 93-94. Other. Chairman Biofilm Research Group 1996-, Chair Div. Cell& Micro 1985-1997.

Biographical Information: I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1947. I received a B.Sc.. in Zoology and MSc and PhD degrees in Microbiology from the University of Manitoba then postdocted at the University of California San Diego. Employment. I received a Career Development Grant from the National Research Council of Canada (University Research Fellow) to return to Canada. I have progressed from Assistant Prof. to Professor in Biological Sciences, twice serving as Head of the Division of Cellular, Molecular, and Microbial Biology and I am currently Chair of the Biofilm Research Group. I teach advanced courses in Immunology and Virology and run our graduate seminar program. I research the role of mucosal integrity in inflammatory and infectious disease of mucosal surfaces, the formation of microbial biofilms in chronic infections, and molecular archaeology. I have been married to Pat for 24 years and have twin teenage daughters Amanda and Kate.

Name: Don Gardner Despain

Present Position: Ecologist
Organization: Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, USGS

Address: P.O. Box 173492
Bozeman, MT 59717-3492

Telephone: 406-994-7257
FAX: 406-994-6556

Chapter Affiliation: Montana State University

Candidate's Statement: Sigma Xi is an organization that appeals to those who are excited about the world around them and not just the discipline in which they are trained. I would like to foster activities that maintains and increases that curiosity in all levels of educational venues.

Sigma Xi and Other Activities: Sigma Xi: President (1999-2001) Vice President/President Elect (1998-1999), Montana State University Chapter, Sigma Xi. Other: President (1985-86), Board member, Wyoming Native Plant Society (1984-85), Vice-president for Biological Section, Montana Academy of Science, (1988-89).

Biographical Information: Don G. Despain is an Ecologist with the Northern Rocky Mountain Research Center of the Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey in Bozeman Montana. Prior to the creation of that unit he was a Research Biologist with the National Park Service in Yellowstone National Park and was instrumental in generating the fire management plans in use by the park since 1972. He generated a vegetation map of the park and did extensive research in fire behavior fire effects and landscape factors in fire spread. He is presently testing the utility of remote sensing systems for vegetation and fuels appraisal.

Name: David M. Woodall

Present Position: Dean
Organization: College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Address: P.O. Box 755940
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5940

Telephone: 907-474-7608
FAX: 907-474-5101

Chapter Affiliation: Alaska Chapter

Candidate's Statement: Sigma Xi provides important support for interdisciplinary research in the university and college environment. I currently serve as the dean of a college with a breadth of programs encompassing the natural and life sciences, core engineering disciplines, mathematics, statistics and computer science. I recognize the importance of interdisciplinary research and the challenge of providing a nurturing environment for such activities for faculty and students. I would be honored to serve Sigma Xi in a leadership role.

Sigma Xi and Other Activities: Sigma Xi, Member (1980-present), Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect of University of Idaho Chapter (1998-99); American Nuclear Society (1968-present); Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (1974-present); American Society for Engineering Education (1989-present)

Biographical Information: Serves as Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics (CSEM) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Provides leadership and management oversight for this college of the land grant, doctoral university of Alaska.


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