Four candidates have been selected from a field of applicants for the vice provost of research position. Finalists include:

Neil C. Olson, associate dean for research at North Carolina State University. Olson earned his bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in physiology from Michigan State University. Olson made his first on-campus appearance Jan. 18 – 19 for interviews and visitation. He gave his seminar and open presentation last Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Murrow 53 in Pullman, with live videostreaming.

Colin Guy Scanes, interim director of the Center for Designing Food to Improve Nutrition at Iowa State University. Scanes earned his bachelor of science degree from Hull University, United Kingdom, his Ph.D. from the University of Wales, and his doctorate of science from Hull University. He will be on campus Feb. 25 – 26 for interviews and visitation. His seminar and open presentation will be 9 – 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Murrow 52 in Pullman, with live videostreaming via WHETS at ICN 214, WSUS SIRTI 317, WSUTC 209W, and WSUV CL116.

James N. Petersen, current interim vice provost for research and associate dean of engineering and architecture for research and graduate programs at WSU. Petersen earned his bachelor of chemical engineering degree from Montana State University, and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Iowa State University. Interviews will be held March 3 – 4. His seminar and open presentation will be 2 – 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, in Murrow 53 in Pullman, with live videostreaming via WHETS at ICN 214, WSUS SIRTI 317, WSUTC 256W, and WSUV CL 117.

Brian Herman, professor and chairman of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Herman earned his bachelor of arts degree in biology at Adelphi University, a Ph.D. in cell biology and biophysics from the University of Connecticut Health Science Center, and postdoctoral degree in cell biology from the Harvard Medical School. He will be on campus for interviews and visitation March 6 – 7. His seminar and open presentation will be 2 – 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, in Murrow 53 in Pullman, with live videostreaming via WHETS at ICN 214, WSUS SIRTI 317, WSUTC, 256W, and WSUV CL 116.

The selection committee for this position is being chaired by Don Dillman, deputy director, Social and Economic Sciences Research Center.