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New Dean of Basic Sciences Joins College

APRIL 16, 2001 -  Former assistant professor of toxicology at Palmer College of Chiropractic Vinnavadi Chandramouli Ravikumar, M. Pharmacy, M.S., Ph.D., has joined Sherman College as dean of basic sciences. Ravikumar (known as Ravi to faculty and students) is an accomplished researcher and professor and has particular interest in using information technologies and the World Wide Web in education.

As dean he will focus on further integrating the basic and clinical sciences to enhance student understanding of the interrelationship between the disciplines, encourage faculty use of web pages for posting and sharing course materials and expand student involvement in course-based research activities. He will teach Biochemistry I and II and Nutrition.

I am excited about being part of the Sherman College academic community and look forward to helping students develop a solid understanding of how the basic sciences relate to the actual practice of chiropractic, Ravikumar explains. I want students to gain an appreciation of how their knowledge of basic science will help them in patient education and their interactions with other health care providers in the future. I also want to help them develop technology skills that will facilitate their life-long learning and ability to access information.

Ravikumar has published original toxicology research in numerous scientific journals, presented at scholarly conferences and provided professional training in hazardous waste assessment for various private research laboratories and the United States Army.

He earned his master of science and Ph.D. in pharmacodynamics and toxicology from the University of Oklahoma, a master of pharmacy from Nagpur University in India and a bachelor of pharmacy from Madurai University in India.


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