Open forums for MSCL director candidates this week


August 12, 2013

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After a nationwide search, the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State University will host three finalists for the position of director of the Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory and state chemist.

During their visits to Starkville, each candidate will deliver a public presentation. Interested members of the campus community are invited to attend these sessions.

The three candidates are:

Bert Lynn, who is currently director of the University of Kentucky Mass Spectrometry Facility and professor of chemistry. He holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Mississippi State University. Lynn’s presentation takes place Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. to noon in Colvard Student Union’s Fowlkes Auditorium.

Ashli Brown, who is currently director of research and agricultural forensics at the Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory and an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology at MSU. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry/biochemistry from the University of South Florida. Brown’s presentation takes place Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to noon in Fowlkes Auditorium at Colvard Student Union.

Susie Dai, who is currently research assistant professor with the Office of the Texas State Chemist and Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Duke University. Dai’s presentation takes place Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to noon in Mitchell Memorial Library’s John Grisham Room.

Kevin Armbrust, who served previously as state chemist and MSCL director, joined the School of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University in July.