Dr. Vailas graduated from Central in 1969; he served on the Student Council and was on the football team for four years. He earned a BS in Exercise Physiology at UNH, and a Ph.D. in Connective tissue Physiology from the University of Iowa. After 3 years as a post Doctoral Research Fellow in Biochemistry and Orthopedics, he accepted a position with UCLA in the Department of Physiological Sciences. In 1988, he went to the University of Wisconsin as Professor and Director of the Biodynamics Laboratory. In 1995, he went to the University of Houston where he is the Vice Chancellor for the University of Houston system, which includes five campuses in Texas, and the Vice president for Research and Intellectual Property management. Dr. Vailas is also a Professor and holds a Distinguished Chair of Biology in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry. He has been the principal investigator for some 28 grants totaling more than 2.3 million, and has served on a number of National and International Scientific panels and advisory groups. He has published over 60 articles in refereed journals and 8 book chapters, and has made over 100 presentations at national and international scientific meetings. Among countless honors, he has received the International Scholars Award, and the Outstanding Science Achievement Award, Cosmos #2229, U. S. \u2013 Russian Space Program, NASA.