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Michael Barnes honored with emeritus status


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BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 22, 2010 – Michael Barnes, professor of dairy science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members 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 1981, Barnes conducted research in reproductive physiology and endocrinology.

In addition, he has taught numerous undergraduate courses and served as both an academic advisor and the departmental academic coordinator and long-time advisor to the college’s Dairy Club. He also coached the award-winning undergraduate Dairy Cattle Judging Team, which won four national championships, three of them in the past four years.

Barnes has been recognized by his peers and students for excellence in teaching as recipient of the William E. Wine Award, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Academic Advising, the American Dairy Science Association’s Purina Teaching Award, and multiple certificates of teaching excellence. Barnes has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Barnes received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Nationally ranked among the top research institutions of its kind, Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences focuses on the science and business of living systems through learning, discovery, and engagement. The college’s comprehensive curriculum gives more than 3,100 students in a dozen academic departments a balanced education that ranges from food and fiber production to economics to human health. Students learn from the world’s leading agricultural scientists, who bring the latest science and technology into the classroom.