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Newsmaker: Maria V. Kalevitch

| Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 12:00 p.m.

Age : 48

Residence : Moon

Family : Husband, Alex; son, Elea, 27; daughter, Jean, 19.

Education : Bachelor's and master's degrees from the Biotechnical University in Moscow; doctorate in biology from the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences in Vilnius.

Notable : Kalevitch, a microbiologist, has been named dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science at Robert Morris University, where she will oversee 35 faculty members and 400 students. Kalevitch has been the interim dean since June. She was named associate dean in 2005 and has worked at Robert Morris for nine years. Before coming to the United States, Kalevitch researched plant immunity for the Russian Academy of Sciences. She has helped to form new majors in environmental science and biology, as well as the university's Pre-Medicine Program.

Quote : "I am very excited. Only a handful of women are deans of engineering schools. I look forward to many productive and successful years to come as we work together on new interdisciplinary initiatives, new curriculum and accreditations."

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