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Duquesne’s Bayer School Welcomes First Assistant Dean

Dr. Phillip Palmer has been named to the new position of assistant dean in Duquesne University's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.

In this role, Palmer will be heavily involved in a wide range of activities within the Bayer School including undergraduate and graduate student recruitment and strategic planning under the leadership of Dean Philip Reeder, as well as mentoring and developing students within the Bayer School. Palmer also will serve as the liaison to other offices and departments, including the College in High School program operated by the University's Enrollment Management Group, the registrar's office, alumni affairs and public affairs.

"The addition of Dr. Palmer and the wealth of experience that he brings to the dean's office administrative staff will bolster initiatives in areas crucial to the long term success of the Bayer School," said Reeder. "In many respects, because of the recruiting, alumni relations and marketing aspects of the position, the new assistant dean will be the face of the school."

Palmer most recently served as an education and outreach coordinator with the University of Pittsburgh's Models of Infectious Disease Agency Study National Center of Excellence. In this role, he was responsible for a $1.25 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Science, overseeing education, training and outreach in an initiative that used computational modeling to fight global infectious disease.

He created marketing platforms specific to programs tailored to K-12, undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members and staff at Pitt, Duquesne and the infectious disease agency network. Responsible for recruitment strategies for hallmark programs, Palmer created and managed national summer undergraduate research and pilot research grant programs at Pitt. He worked in partnership with Duquesne, which hosted the Undergraduate Research Ethics Forum.
Palmer has generated initiatives to raise diversity awareness, mentor for career success and guide responsible research conduct.

Previously a licensing officer with the Office of Research and Development at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, Palmer served as an instructor/consultant with the St. Louis University School of Medicine Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Donald Danforth Science Center.

Palmer, who received a certificate in organizational leadership and ethics from the Katz Graduate School of Business at Pitt, earned his Ph.D. in biomedical science from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. His master's in nutrition-food science and bachelor's in zoology are both from Auburn University.

He lives with his family in Forest Hills.

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