Donald Mullins honored with emeritus status

Donald Mullins

Donald Mullins

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 14, 2010 – Donald Mullins, professor of entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “professor emeritus” 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 1973, Mullins made significant contributions to the understanding of entomology through his work in insect physiology and biochemistry, in formulation of insecticidal baits and biopesticides, and by researching and addressing integrated pest management/quality assurance issues in developing countries. He supported the scientific research enterprise as a conference organizer and frequent reviewer for national and international journals and funding agencies.

In the classroom, Mullins taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses across the full entomology curriculum, placing strong emphasis on high standards and student learning. He advised numerous students on master’s and doctoral dissertations and helped them develop successful careers in both the academic and industrial settings.

Mullins received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree from the Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

Nationally ranked among the top research institutions of its kind, Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences focuses on the science and business of living systems through learning, discovery, and engagement. The college’s comprehensive curriculum gives more than 3,100 students in a dozen academic departments a balanced education that ranges from food and fiber production to economics to human health. Students learn from the world’s leading agricultural scientists, who bring the latest science and technology into the classroom.