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School of Science
Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Dr. James M. Russell III has been named a Virginia Outstanding Scientist 2008 Award recipient by Governor Timothy M. Kaine and the Science Museum of Virginia. Russell, professor and co-director of the Hampton University Center for Atmospheric Sciences, has been a part of the HU family for the past 12 years. This is the second consecutive year an HU professor was named Virginia's Outstanding Scientist. Last year, Dr. M. Patrick McCormick, co-director and professor of the HU Center for Atmospheric Sciences, was honored with the award.
Department of Computer Science
The Department of Computer Science was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will provide more than $249,000 to help the department build an information security program. As a result, grant principal investigator and lecturer Robert Willis expects faculty expertise will be developed and students will be certified in information security.
Department of Physical Therapy
Students in the physical therapy department achieved a 100 percent, first attempt passing rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination in 2007. Graduates cannot practice physical therapy without passing this exam. Twelve students graduated last year. The department is now accepting applications for their next class, which begins January 2009. The application deadline is Oct. 15.
School of Business
On Jan. 30, the School of Business welcomed Tina Ballard, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Policy and Procurement, along with seven other U.S. Army officials. Ballard is responsible for the management and execution of the U.S. Army's contracting function. In addition to spending money for the Department of Defense, Ballard also leads a team that recruits, trains and educates contracting professionals in the U.S. Army's acquisition workforce. Using personal experience as her guide, Ballard informed students that leadership involved determination, personality, morals, character, risk taking, vision and determination.