Geller to discuss lessons from 35-year career as behavioral scientist today

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 16, 2006 – E. Scott Geller, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology in the College of Science at Virginia Tech will discuss "Making a Difference with Behavioral Science: Lessons Learned from 35 Years of Intervention Research" as part of the university's ongoing Alumni Distinguished Professor/University Distinguished Professor Lecture Series.

Geller's presentation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Solitude Room of The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Geller's research and teaching interests include the development and evaluation of behavior change strategies to improve quality of life. He has focused research attention on such diverse areas as behavioral community interventions for litter control, resource recovery, energy conservation, crime prevention, transportation management, safety belt promotion, reduction of alcohol-impaired driving, injury control, and child survival in underdeveloped countries.

Building on a tradition begun a year ago, several of Virginia Tech's University Distinguished Professors (UDPs) and Alumni Distinguished Professors (ADPs)--the elite of the university's faculty--provide half-hour lectures as part of the university's "Focus on Distinguished Faculty" program. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the lectures are free and open to the public and Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students.

"University Distinguished Professors and Alumni Distinguished Professors represent our finest teachers and researchers, and I am delighted they will continue to share their knowledge, expertise, and insights with the university and local community by way of these lectures," said Provost Mark McNamee.

The rank of University Distinguished Professor is bestowed by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors on no more than one percent of members of the faculty whose scholarly attainments have attracted national and/or international recognition. The rank of Alumni Distinguished Professor is bestowed by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, with the generous support of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, to recognize faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the instructional program of the university over time and who have touched the lives of generations of Virginia Tech alumni.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.