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Virginia Tech professor of geosciences and C.P. "Sally" Miles Professor of Science Patricia Dove In April 2013, C.P. "Sally" Miles Professor of Science Patricia Dove became the fourth professor to be inducted into the National Academy of Sciences while serving on Virginia Tech's faculty. Dove heads the Biogeochemistry of Earth Processes research group within the Department of Geosciences.

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Eric Wong reappointed John W. Hancock Professor of Animal and Poultry Sciences

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1990, Eric Wong's research interests include a molecular analysis of genes that play an important role in regulating growth of farm animals.

Paul Quigley named first James I. Robertson Jr. Professor in Civil War Studies

A lecturer in American history at the University of Edinburgh since 2007, Paul Quigley has distinguished himself among a younger generation of American Civil War historians who are bringing new perspectives to this significant historic event.

Robert G. Parker named L.S. Randolph Professor in Mechanical Engineering

A well-established researcher in mechanical engineering, Robert G. Parker has secured more than $10 million in external funding as principal investigator or co-principal investigator from several state and federal agencies and from industry.