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John J. Broderick honored as professor emeritus


BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 23, 2004 – John J. Broderick, of Blacksburg, professor of physics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, was conferred with the title "professor emeritus" by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting Monday, Aug. 23.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who have given exemplary service to the university and who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1974, Broderick developed and taught several astronomy courses to undergraduate students with science and engineering majors as well as non-science majors. He also established a radio astronomy research program at Virginia Tech with approximately 80 publications associated with his work. In addition to his teaching and research, Broderick responded to numerous questions related to astronomy from the general public and participated in several astronomy outreach programs for the broader community.

Broderick is a member of the International Astronomical Union, International Scientific Radio Union, and the American Astronomical Society. He received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

The College of Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biology, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college is dedicated to fostering a research intensive environment and offers programs in nano-scale and biological sciences, information theory and science, and supports research centers—in areas such as biomedical and public health sciences, and critical technology and applied science—that encompass other colleges at the university. The College of Science also houses programs in pre-medicine and scientific law.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities, and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg, and other campus centers in northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.