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May 1, 1998

Barton named IPRT director

by Skip Derra

Tom Barton, distinguished professor of chemistry and director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, also was named director of the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT) last week. The IPRT appointment was effective immediately.

Barton has been a member of the ISU faculty for more than 30 years. He was director of Ames Lab from 1988 to 1994 and returned as director in 1995.

The director of IPRT coordinates the activities of the Ames Laboratory and 10 IPRT centers, including the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation and the Center for Advanced Technology Development.

Joel Snow, who had been IPRT director since 1993, was named executive associate director of the International Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics (IITAP). Provost John Kozak said that the expanding roles of IITAP administrators facilitated such a change, with the program growing in two directions -- international and national partnerships.

"Given Professor Snow's long experience in Washington, I believe Joel is well suited to assume the domestic portfolio of IITAP," Kozak said. Snow will help establish linkages with universities, government laboratories and federal granting agencies within the United States.

James Vary, director of IITAP, will focus on expanding international partnerships.

The International Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics was set up in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to foster world peace through the sharing of scientific advances.

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