On Campus Newsmakers: Current, Future, & Past

Jeffrey P. Gold, Ph.D. (NY D ’74), has been appointed as the new chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He will begin his new position on February 1, 2014. Currently, Dr. Gold is chancellor and executive vice president of biosciences and health affairs and executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Toledo (OH) where he previously helped merge the Medical University of Ohio with the University of Toledo.

Read the news release to learn about Dr. Gold’s responsibilities at UNMC, including a staff of more than 5,000 and 3,700 students.


CBS Detroit recently profiled a chemical engineering graduate of Wayne State University and her lifelong dream to work for NASA. Elizabeth A. Barrios, MI E 2013, graduated with a bachelor’s degree this month, worked four internships with NASA, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in macromolecular science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University (OH).

“I’ve realized that I want to make and discover things that will benefit manned and unmanned spaceflight,” she said. “I want to conduct my own research. To do that, I need my Ph.D.” Read the article for more information on Barrios a previous corresponding secretary to the Michigan Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi.


Petroleum engineering authority and University of Houston College of Engineering adjunct professor Michael J. Economides, Ph.D. (KS A ’74), suddenly passed away earlier this month. “We are mourning not only the loss of an invaluable source of knowledge and leadership for our petroleum engineering program, but of a dearly respected professor, friend and outspoken ally of the Cullen College and the University of Houston,” Joseph W. Tedesco, Ph.D., P.E. said. “He is deeply missed, and our hearts go out to his family and his loved ones.” Dr. Tedesco, FL A ’71, is the dean of the UH College of Engineering.

Click here to read an obituary on Economides for biographical information about his work as a co-author of 15 books and the international demand of his knowledge on hydraulic fracturing.


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