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2010.09.30> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Snyder Takes Helm as UNO’s Chief Research Officer

Omaha - Scott Snyder began serving as the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s chief research officer earlier this month.

Prior to the start of the fall semester, Snyder was on a two-year leave from his position as a professor in UNO’s Department of Biology. During that time, he worked as a program director in the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation. He joined the UNO faculty in 2001. His new title is associate vice chancellor of Research and Creative Activity.

“He brings to the associate vice chancellor position his own background as an accomplished scholar and researcher as well as a wealth of NSF experience,” said Terry Hynes, senior vice chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs. She added that since completing his postdoctoral research fellowship, Snyder has attracted more than $500,000 in external funding to support his research.

Snyder’s research results have appeared in more than 30 refereed journal publications, among other venues.

“I’m very excited by the opportunity to serve UNO in this capacity,” Snyder said. “I feel strongly that research and creative activity contribute directly to the primary mission of the university, the education of willing minds. I look forward to the opportunity to facilitate the growth of scholarly activities, to foster new activities, and to share the scholarship of this dynamic campus with the public.”

Snyder was an NSF/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation postdoctoral research fellow in molecular evolution at the University of New Mexico from 1996-1998. From 1998-2001, he was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He earned his doctorate in parasitology and bachelor of sciences degree in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His master of science degree in biological sciences is from Wake Forest University.

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