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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Top SW Ohio Scientist/Dean Headed To Florida?

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- The comings, goings and wooings of Big Time college basketball and football coaches always make headlines. Not so when top-level scientists and deans are looking to pack their bags and move out of Ohio.

But the news of the latest brain drain is that Robert A. Frank, a brilliant University of Cincinnati researcher and interim dean of its graduate school, has tried to land a job in Florida. He was interviewed last week by officials at the University of Florida for the post of graduate school dean at the 50,000-student state school in Gainesville. So far, no word if he's been hired.

Frank, a psychology professor at U.C., is a major figure in the research world. He has chaired numerous review panels for the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. He has served on the Ohio Board of Regents Advisory Committee on Graduate Education. Here is his bio from the University of Cincinnati's Web site.

He shows up here on this list of five finalists for the Florida post. Frank was in Gainesville January 9, 10 and 11, and on the campus being dined, meeting with officials and selling himself. His Florida itinerary is here.

Frank holds a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Cincinnati. In other words, he is an Ohio-grown researcher. If he's good enough for Florida to take a look at, maybe somebody ought to think about keeping him here in the Buckeye State? After all, isn't it time to stop losing to the Gators?

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