McDonald to become director of research administration

10:50:00 PM CDT - Thursday, February 16, 2006

By Joe Kleinsasser

David McDonald has been named associate vice president for research and director of research administration effective this July, according to John Hutchinson, vice president for academic affairs and research. McDonald will replace Gerald "Skip" Loper, who is retiring in June.

The Office of Research Administration helps faculty prepare research proposals and manage grants and grant budgets.

"We will miss Dr. Loper, but are confident that Dr. McDonald will continue his good work as we add new dimensions, especially in the bioscience area," said Hutchinson. The biosciences havestrong potential since the Legislature has developed the Kansas Bioscience Initiative to support economic growth in that area.

McDonald, professor of biological sciences at WSU, has chaired the department since 1999. He came to WSU in 1992 as an assistant professor.

McDonald studied microbiology and biology at Kansas State University and medical genetics and tumor biology at the University of Wisconsin.

His published work has been cited in nearly 600 manuscripts, and more than half are in the top 500 scientific journals. McDonald has received research grants from Wesley Medical Research Foundation, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.

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