2000 Awardees

  • Murat O. Balaban, Ph.D. Murat O. Balaban is an internationally recognized leader in the area of food engineering. His research focuses on applying sensor technology to the processing of Florida’s food and agricultural materials ... Read more
  • Edward R. Block, M.D. Edward R. Block has had a long-standing interest in the blood vessels of the lung, and how lung injury and/or disease affect the function of these blood vessels. To study ... Read more
  • Dov Borovsky, Ph.D. Dov Borovsky has found a way to control the mosquito population. His research focuses on the physiological approaches to the processes that control egg development and digestion in mosquitoes. While ... Read more
  • Michael Burridge, Ph.D. With studies in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, Michael Burridge develops his research on a truly international scale. An expert on tickborne diseases, Burridge works with many state, national and ... Read more
  • Kenneth Campbell, Ph.D. As farmers cultivate the land to produce crops and raise animals, they also expose the water supply to fertilizers, animal wastes and other potential pollutants. Kenneth Campbell aims to help farmers ... Read more
  • Robert Christensen, Ph.D. Robert Christensen’s research in pediatrics focus specifically on the Hematologic Problems of the Neonate, which happens to be the title of his seminal book on neonatal hematology. Christensen studies perinatal ... Read more
  • Caroline Constant, M.Arch. Caroline Constant’s research in the relationships among architecture, landscape design and the “decorative arts” during the early 20th century has established her as one of the most respected architectural historians ... Read more
  • Thomas Cotter, J.D. This past fall marked the beginning of the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law Certificate Program in Intellectual Property Law. Thomas Cotter, who heads UF’s Intellectual Property ... Read more
  • Bruce Crosson, Ph.D. The seas have been charted, the stars have been mapped, and even Mars has been visited by a space probe, yet the activities of the human brain are not fully ... Read more
  • Joel Demski, Ph.D. Emphasizing the potential of accounting measures to provide subtle yet important insights into broader economic activity, Joel Demski’s work is internationally recognized for its influence in accounting theory and practice. ... Read more
  • Donald Dickson, Ph.D. Don Dickson is the most productive and best-known nematologist on the faculty and one of the premier nematologists in the world, says Richard Jones, dean of research for UF’s Institute ... Read more
  • Ronald Formisano, Ph.D. From the Ku Klux Klan to the Reform Party, political activist movements – no matter how controversial – have been part of the social fabric of the United States. A ... Read more
  • L. Curtis Hannah, Ph.D. The word mutation doesn’t usually engender positive feelings. But molecular biologist L. Curtis Hannah’s work on mutations has provided an important development in the breeding of corn and other crops. Building ... Read more
  • Linda Hon, Ph.D. Linda Childers Hon’s research on gender issues and on public relations measurement prompted a leading scholar in the field to describe her as “the best young public relations scholar in ... Read more
  • Brian A. Iwata, Ph.D. For more than 20 years, Brian A. Iwata has focused his research on the assessment and treatment of self-injurious behavior (SIB). SIB affects approximately 15 percent of people diagnosed with ... Read more
  • Maureen Keller-Wood, Ph.D. Maureen Keller-Wood is an endocrine physiologist whose “distinguished career is well recognized and highly regarded on a national and international basis,” says an esteemed peer. Keller-Wood is an expert on the ... Read more
  • Douglas Levey, Ph.D. For nearly two decades, Douglas Levey has examined relationships between frugivorous (fruit-eating) birds and fruiting plants. More specifically, he has explored why some fruits are poisonous to non-seed-dispersing frugivores, and ... Read more
  • Sheng Li, Ph.D. Sheng S. Li’s calm demeanor may be misleading to observers who are not familiar with his endless list of ongoing projects and responsibilities. During his 32 years at UF, Li ... Read more
  • Ramon Littell, Ph.D. Ramon Littell’s research focuses on applying statistics to agricultural and natural resource projects. He is nationally and internationally renowned for his development of models that combine statistical theory and methodology ... Read more
  • Nils Ingvar Magnusson, D.D.S. More than one in three people over age 30 have periodontal disease, which may lead to tooth loss if left untreated. By a conservative estimate, 35.7 million people in the ... Read more
  • Nicholas Muzyczka, Ph.D. A virus? Helpful? Most people wouldn’t think so. But Nicholas Muzyczka is working to prove that sometimes viruses can heal. Muzyczka is widely acknowledged as the world leader in the ... Read more
  • Ammon Peck, Ph.D. Ammon Peck is an internationally renowned researcher whose current work examines the underlying causes of disease and the prevention of disease processes. Peck is a pioneer in the study of ... Read more
  • Jorge Peña, Ph.D. Jorge Peña is a pioneer in the development of biological pest controls for tropical and subtropical fruit crops. Agricultural pest control is a major problem in the tropics and subtropics ... Read more
  • Scott K. Powers, Ph.D. Scott K. Powers is an exercise physiologist who specializes in investigating the effects of muscular exercise on both cardiac and skeletal muscle. Specifically, Powers’ research has focused upon exercise mediated ... Read more
  • Ann Progulske-Fox, Ph.D. A link between gum disease and heart disease? Through her work on the mechanisms of bacterial parhogenesis (a disease caused by bacteria), molecular microbiologist Ann Progulske-Fox has discovered a link ... Read more
  • Robert Ray, Ph.D. From 1930 to 1945, American movie theaters averaged 80 million in attendance each week, a sum totaling more than half the population at the time. But English Professor Robert Ray says ... Read more
  • Jonathan J. Shuster, Ph.D. Cancer is one of the leading killers of children, but Jonathan J. Shuster and the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) are determined to change that statistic. Shuster is an expert in ... Read more
  • David Silverman, Ph.D. Some of the most stunning advances in science and medicine have come from the discoveries of basic research, says David Silverman, whose fundamental research on the properties of enzymes may ... Read more
  • Rajiv Singh, Ph.D. Rajiv Singh has made key contributions in several areas of materials science and engineering related to innovative processing materials. He created the world’s largest synthetic monolithic diamond using an enhanced ... Read more
  • Nan Smith, M.F.A. Nan Smith’s research in the visual arts investigates installation-oriented figurative sculpture with an intent to convey a sense of human consciousness and to reflect a perspective on the relativity and ... Read more
  • Stephen W. Smith, Ph.D. Stephen W. Smith’s research focuses on two significant areas of special education: classroom interventions for students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) and school-wide applications of effective discipline procedures. Smith’s research ... Read more
  • David Steadman, Ph.D. David Steadman’s research on the biogeography of birds in Oceania and the West Indies has revolutionized concepts about endemic bird life on tropical islands and the role that both modern ... Read more
  • Joyce Stechmiller, Ph.D. For Joyce Stechmiller, improving patient care is the motivation for research. Targeting patient needs among the elderly nursing home population, Stechmiller leads a study of the relationship between arginine, an amino ... Read more
  • Stanley Su, Ph.D. Stanley Su is an internationally known researcher in the field of database and knowledge base management, whose recent work aims to improve the speed and efficiency of e-commerce. His current ... Read more
  • Charles M. Telesco, Ph.D. Charles M. Telesco’s internationally recognized work with infrared instrumentation and astrophysics has helped propel the University of Florida’s Department of Astronomy into the top tier of astronomy programs in the ... Read more