March 16, 2009


By Julia Ferrante

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Joanne Romagni-Colvin, a biology professor who established the Office of Sponsored Programs at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, has been named Bucknell University’s first director of research and sponsored programs. She will join Bucknell on April 1.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Romagni-Colvin to Bucknell," Provost Mick Smyer said. “With her strong record of fundraising and expertise in coordinating research, she is the ideal person to help us expand support for the rich array of faculty research at Bucknell. We look forward to the impact she will have in helping us attract new funding for their research and sponsored programs."

Romagni-Colvin received her Ph.D. in plant physiology from Arizona State University and completed a two-year post-doctoral program for the United States Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service as a research plant physiologist and biochemist at the Natural Products Utilization Research Unit.

From 2000 to 2007, Romagni-Colvin served as an associate professor and was the Smith-Cullen Endowed Chair in the Department of Biology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cádiz in Andalusia, Spain. She also was the resident lichen physiologist for the Spanish Antarctic Campaign in the spring 2007 semester.

She served as director of sponsored programs at St. Edward’s from 2007 to 2009.
During her career, Romagni-Colvin has worked to broaden the opportunities for women and under-represented minorities in the fields of science and mathematics. She has mentored more than 30 women and minorities in her lab.

Romagni-Colvin has extensive experience with grants and has established strong relationships with granting agencies. She has served on several federal review panels, including the National Science Foundation and recently was awarded an NSF award to establish international Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the University of Cádiz.

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