F.M. Anne McNabb honored with emeritus status

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 11, 2009 – F.M. Anne McNabb of Blacksburg, professor of biological sciences in the College of Science and former associate dean of the Graduate School at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "professor and associate dean emerita" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1975, McNabb has made many contributions to graduate education at Virginia Tech, including service as the assistant head for graduate studies in the Department of Biology. As associate dean in the Graduate School, she organized the graduate teaching assistant workshop, facilitated polices and procedures review, and coordinated university contributions to the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools’ annual graduate student research forum.

McNabb conducted research in the field of avian physiology. She has written and co-written 29 review papers, book chapters, and symposium papers, as well as 65 peer reviewed journal articles and a research-level text book. She received funding from several federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, and the departments of defense and energy.

McNabb has received university teaching and services awards, including the Department of Biological Sciences service award and teaching award, the College of Arts and Sciences teaching award and Diversity Mentoring Award, and the College of Science Diversity Award.

She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Alberta, Canada; and a master's degree and Ph.D., from the University of California, Los Angeles.