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Robert S. Schulman honored with emeritus status


BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 7, 2007 – Robert S. Schulman of Blacksburg, associate professor of statistics in College of Science at Virginia Tech, was conferred the "associate professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board's quarterly meeting August 27.

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 community since 1974, Schulman directed the Statistical Consulting Center and gave statistical advice to and aided the research of more than 300 faculty and graduate students. He also made significant contributions to the Department of Statistics’ teaching efforts through his dedicated service in such courses as Statistics for Social Sciences, Statistics in Research, Measures of Association, and Inference Fundamentals with Applications to Categorical Data for which he received five teaching awards and was elected to the university’s Academy of Teaching Excellence.

Schulman received his bachelor’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.

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. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.