Marietta College's Office of Academic Affairs announces that Dr. David Brown, associate professor of biology, has been selected as the first William Van Law Plankey Professor.
"I am honored to receive the Plankey Professorship, and I am looking forward to using the resources that come with the professorship to encourage undergraduate research," Brown said.
According the Marietta College Undergraduate Catalog, "the William Van Law Plankey Professorship was established by a bequest from Plankey as part of his estate. The Plankey Professor, appointed for a three-year (maximum) renewable term by the president and the provost in consultation by the Faculty Development Committee, is selected on the basis of excellence in scholarly and creative activity, especially as reflected in undergraduate research."
"Dr. Brown has an impressive scholarship record," said interim Provost Dr. Gama Perruci. "This professorship seeks to recognize faculty who are doing excellent research with opportunities for meaningful undergraduate student involvement. The selection committee was excited about Dr. Brown's interest in involving undergraduate students in his research dealing with conservation issues both locally and in Asia."
Brown, over the last four years, has worked with undergraduates to study the air contamination and deposition of heavy metals from a local industry. He hopes the resources allotted to him through the Plankey Professorship will allow for more students, preferably underclassmen, to get involved in this research.
"I think that this will be great experience, especially for those students thinking about going on to graduate school," Brown said. "The Plankey Professorship will provide me time and funds to make it possible to work one on one with students to develop these projects."