Thursday, November 03, 2005

hi folks

hope you all are well
today is a beautiful day, but this is a very eerie time for me, since it is very close to the day when Sue Daniels lost her life. today's edition of the loop honors her memory.

thanks very much for reading. take care.



In Memoriam: Susan Daniels

On Thursday November 18, Susan J. Daniels passed away at the age of 44. Sue has been a member of the Department of Biology since 1994 working in many capacities, including technical support, data analysis, editorial work, research associate and graduate student. She earned a M.S. in 1997, and recently had been working toward a PhD. Dr. Jeffrey Walters, Bailey Professor of Biology, was her major advisor for both of her degrees. Sue was an exceptional scholar with expertise in the field biology of birds, animal behavior, and conservation. She was a Cunningham Fellow, and has published ten papers and book chapters, all of high quality in prestigious journals and books. Sue was a friend to many, and a positive force within the Virginia Tech and Blacksburg Communities.

(text from the VA tech website)


exceprt from a recent New River Current article by Tonia Moxley:

"One of six children raised by a single mother, Daniels said she always empathized with people in society who had no power. She came to believe that what she called "direct action" was the only answer to oppression.

Near the end of her life, she eschewed voting, preferring to organize events and network with other groups.

When she died, she was helping organize a summer of protest and education called Mountain Justice Summer that was inspired by the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s."