Virginia Tech researchers named outstanding scientists

Two Virginia Tech professors — Harold E. Burkhart with the College of Natural Resources and Environment and Patricia M. Dove with the College of Science — have been selected as Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists of 2013 by the Governor’s Office and the Science Museum of Virginia. The award was presented recently at a General Assembly reception with Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Burkhart is a University Distinguished Professor and the Thomas M. Brooks Professor of Forestry. He received his bachelor’s in forestry from Oklahoma State University and his master’s and doctorate in forest biometrics from the University of Georgia.

Dove is the C.P. Miles Professor of Science in Virginia Tech’s College of Science. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Established in 1985 and sponsored by the Science Museum of Virginia, the Outstanding Scientist Award honors scientists who, through their research and commitment to science, have made a recent contribution to basic scientific research which extends the boundaries of any field of science.

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