Bethany’s Lisa Reilly Named to NASA West Virginia Space Consortium Board

Bethany, WV - Dr. Lisa Reilly, The Goulding-Woolery Professor in Chemistry and Associate Professor of Chemistry at Bethany College, has been named to the Board of Directors of the NASA West Virginia Space Consortium (WVSGC), according to an announcement by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, and Dr. Majid Jaridi, Director of the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium / NASA EPSCoR.

The West Virginia Space Grant Consortium is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sponsored organization established in August 1991. It is comprised of 12 West Virginia academic institutions and 8 corporate and scientific partners. West Virginia University (WVU) is the lead institution.

The Consortium is dedicated to building research infrastructure and promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in West Virginia. The Consortium’s programs focus on research, collaborations with high-technology industries, student fellowships as well as K-12, and public outreach programs. This is consistent with the strategic vision for the state’s participation in the nation’s current and future endeavors in science and technology.

Dr. Reilly has received a number of awards for outstanding teaching.  In December, she was recognized as a national nominee in the U.S. Professors of the Year Award competition.  The program is sponsored  by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. 

Last year she was a finalist for The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia Professor of the Year, and in 2012 she received Bethany's prestigious President's Award for Excellence in Performance.  She serves on a wide variety of campus committees and serves as advisor to the Student Government Association, Alpha Xi Delta sorority and the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honors Society.

Dr. Reilly has been a member of the Bethany faculty since 2008 and is currently chair of the Department of Physical and Computational Sciences.  She earned a B.S.  in Chemistry from Mercyhurst College and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Oklahoma State University.

Dr. John Burns, Professor of Biology, most recently served on the Board for several years.

The Board of Directors, consisting of one member from each affiliate, governs the NASA WVSGC. Academic institutions Board members include representatives from the Consortium’s corporate, scientific, government, and non-profit partners.

The Consortium is housed in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources of WVU in Morgantown, West Virginia.