2001 Awardees

  • James Algina, Ph.D. James Algina’s research focuses on improving educational research and assessment by enhancing the effectiveness of research methods used in these areas. His goal is to improve the utility of research ... Read more
  • Arshad Ali, Ph.D. Mosquitoes – people hate them. Besides being a health hazard, they cost Florida’s tourism and recreation industries millions of dollars annually. During more than 22 years at the University of ... Read more
  • James Babanikos, Ph.D. James Babanikos’ scholarly and creative talents span the field of telecommunications. Whether he is producing, writing, directing, editing or even running the camera, his skills and originality bring success to ... Read more
  • Lynn Bailey, Ph.D. Heard a lot about the benefits of folic acid lately? Thank Lynn Bailey. The March of Dimes,the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Centers ... Read more
  • Paul Basler, D.M.A. One of the most performed composers of his generation, Paul Basler’s work has been described as “virtuosic and athletic” by The New York Times. He performed 40 original works for ... Read more
  • Raymond Bergeron, Ph.D. Raymond Bergeron describes his discoveries about how cells read information carried by polyamine analogues as finding a “molecular Rosetta Stone,” comparing them to the key to Egyptian hieroglyphics. The comparison is ... Read more
  • Raghavan Charudattan, Ph.D. Raghavan “Charu” Charudattan has pioneered a practical alternative to chemical herbicides during his more than 30 years of research at UF on the biological control of weeds. Charudattan has received nearly ... Read more
  • Stephen Dodd, Ph.D. Stephen Dodd’s work as director of the College of Health and Human Performance’s Muscle Physiology Laboratory has earned him great respect from his colleagues and various national scientific organizations, such ... Read more
  • Alexander Dranishnikov, Ph.D. A puzzle that eluded top mathematicians for decades was just a walk in the topological park for UF mathematician Alexander Dranishnikov. Since the early 1930s, topologists around the world struggled to ... Read more
  • Jennifer Harrison Elder, Ph.D. Jennifer Harrison Elder has gained international recognition for her work in helping families and children with psychiatric disorders and mental health concerns. Her Family Training Research Project, for example, addresses ... Read more
  • David H. Evans, Ph.D. The gills of fishes do much more than just provide a surface for respiration in these aquatic vertebrates. David H. Evans has spent nearly 40 years studying the critical roles ... Read more
  • Leslie Gonzales Rothi, Ph.D. Cognitive abilities that allow us to perform complex mental tasks are much of what defines us as a species. Cognition encompasses a wide scope of abilities, many of which are ... Read more
  • Yogi Goswami, Ph.D. Yogi Goswami focuses his research on solar energy and energy conservation. Among his areas of expertise are heat transfer in soil and solar photocatalytic detoxification. While other scientists have conducted research ... Read more
  • Raphael T. Haftka, Ph.D. Raphael T. Haftka specializes in the design of aircraft and space exploration structures using lightweight, composite materials. The optimization methodology he uses combines various mathematical techniques to create computer simulations for ... Read more
  • Raymond Issa, Ph.D. Raymond Issa has laid the foundation for one of the University of Florida’s most innovative structures – and it does not contain an ounce of concrete. As an expert in ... Read more
  • Saeed Khan, Ph.D. Thanks in large part to Saeed Khan, the University of Florida is home to one of the nation’s leading programs in urolithiasis, the study of the formation of bladder and ... Read more
  • Lyrissa Lidsky, Ph.D. Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky has distinguished herself in the field of defamation, privacy and First Amendment law, focusing most recently on the use of defamation lawsuits to attack anonymous postings in ... Read more
  • Richard Litz, Ph.D. Richard Litz has been called the “father” of tropical fruit biotechnology for his groundbreaking studies on cell culture of important tropical fruit crop species, and the use of somatic cell ... Read more
  • Steven Manchester, Ph.D. Steven Manchester studies the history of plants to shed light on the mysteries surrounding Earth’s development. A plant’s history – where it grew and how it evolved – can reveal ... Read more
  • Lee McDowell, Ph.D. Lee McDowell studies how minerals, vitamins and other nutrients impact the health of grazing animals. During the last five years he has developed feed analysis techniques for tropical and subtropical feeds; ... Read more
  • Robert McSorley, Ph.D. Robert McSorley is an ecologist who specializes in the management of plant-parasitic nematodes in agricultural systems. His research on nematode ecology is used to develop and improve sustainable, environmentally sound ... Read more
  • Michael Perri, Ph.D. Up to 10 percent of children are obese, and as many as 23 percent of all adolescents. Disturbingly, 80 percent of these teenagers are likely to grow into obese adults. ... Read more
  • Anna Peterson, Ph.D. In the field of religious studies Anna Peterson has attained national prominence through her work in Latin America. Her 1997 book Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion is currently used ... Read more
  • Vladimir A. Rakov, Ph.D. Vladimir A. Rakov has been a leading lightning researcher for more than 20 years. He has been involved in many experimental and theoretical studies concerned with the physics of the ... Read more
  • Stephen Roberts, Ph.D. Stephen Roberts does not fill prescriptions. Although he has a degree in pharmacy, you won’t find him in your neighborhood drugstore. Instead, this professor of toxicology is a pioneer in ... Read more
  • Dietmar W. Siemann, Ph.D. For the past 23 years, Dietmar W. Siemann’s research has focused on the tumor microenvironment and its impact on cancer treatments. Currently, he is developing and evaluating new ways to treat ... Read more
  • Karl-Johan Soderholm, Ph.D. During his two decades on the UF faculty, Karl-Johan Söderholm has made many significant discoveries in the prevention and treatment of dental diseases. In recent years his research has focused ... Read more
  • Frederick S. Southwick, Ph.D. A pioneer in the field of infectious diseases, Frederick S. Southwick is professor and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and vice chair of the Department of Medicine at ... Read more
  • Alan Spector, Ph.D. Alan Spector studies the sense of taste, or gustatory system, to understand the role disruptions in taste can have on disorders involving nutrition, hydromineral balance and obesity. “Although frequently taken for ... Read more
  • Kenneth Wald, Ph.D. Kenneth Wald has spent much of his career studying mass political behavior, focusing on the role of religious factors in the policies of the United States, Israel and Great Britain. This ... Read more
  • Barton Weitz, Ph.D. Over the course of a 25-year career, Barton A. Weitz has earned a reputation as a leading researcher of electronic marketing, management of distribution channels and personal sales. Weitz, the ... Read more
  • James Winefordner, Ph.D. It is safe to say that Jim Winefordner is the one person most responsible for the international reputation our department has enjoyed in analytical chemistry for the past 40 years, ... Read more
  • Charles E. Wood, Ph.D. Physiologist Charles E. Wood has conducted groundbreaking research in animal fetal neuroendocrinology, investigating the mechanism by which the fetus, not the mother, dictates when gestation ends. Specifically, Wood has focused on ... Read more