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Bruce Turner honored with emeritus status


BLACKSBURG, Va., June 10, 2011 – Bruce Turner, associate professor of biological sciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “associate professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus is conferred on retired full professors and associate professors, administrative officers, extra-collegiate faculty with continued appointment, and senior extension agents 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 1978, Turner published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in national and international journals.

He taught biological sciences courses that ranged from sophomore level to the graduate level. He mentored many undergraduate students in their individual research projects and served as major professor for nine doctoral students and eight master’s degree students.

Turner received his bachelor’s degree from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College; and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.