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USU NAMES 2 TO HEAD SCIENCE DEPARTMENTS

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John R. Simmons has been named to head the Utah State University department of biology, and Vernon D. Parker has been appointed to head the department of chemistry and biochemistry.

Simmons has served as acting dean of USU's graduate school as well as associate biology department head. He became acting department head in October when James A. MacMahon was named dean of science.Parker, who joined the USU faculty in 1987, has worked as a research chemist for Dow Chemical Co. and spent 18 years abroad as a fellow and visiting professor at the University of Lund, Sweden, a lecturer at the University of Copenhagen and a professor at the Norwegian Institute of Technology.