2002 Awardees

  • Nora Alter, Ph.D. Nora Alter’’’s research focuses on 20th-century film and theory, comparative literature (French, German and American) and visual and cultural studies. Alter teaches classes in film and media studies, critical theory ... Read more
  • Paul Avery, Ph.D. Paul Avery specializes in high-energy physics and the study of elementary particles and the forces that govern them. <BR> <BR> Avery’s most recent research involves grid computing, in which computing ... Read more
  • Barbara Barletta, Ph.D. Barbara Barletta is consistently discovering ways to shed new light on old art. She has examined architecture from the sixth- and early fifth-century B.C. with cutting-edge technology, including ground-penetrating radar, ... Read more
  • Michael Binford, Ph.D. Michael Binford is a physical geographer and landscape ecologist who specializes in the study of environmental systems, or human-environment interactions. His research has taken him to South and Central America ... Read more
  • Kenneth J. Boote, Ph.D. Greenhouse gases – mostly carbon dioxide but also other gases such as methane, nitrous oxide and chlorofluorocarbons – trap heat from the sun and keep the Earth from freezing. However, ... Read more
  • Frank J. Bova, M.D. Precision is the difference between killing a tumor and destroying the healthy tissue surrounding it and greater precision has been the life’s work of Frank J. Bova. The physicist and his ... Read more
  • Jeffrey K. Brecht, Ph.D. Jeffrey Brecht’s research focuses on the role of harvesting, handling and storage practices on the physiology, safety and quality of horticultural crops. At a more basic level, Brecht seeks to ... Read more
  • Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, Ph.D. Old ways of understanding competition and media economics are as outdated as a black-and-white television in today’’’s ever-changing telecommunications industry. Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, a prominent communications scholar, is working to develop ... Read more
  • Hartmut Derendorf, Ph.D. Maximizing relief while minimizing side effects is the delicate balance that Hartmut Derendorf searches for as he investigates the processes by which drugs move throughout the body. An international expert in ... Read more
  • Jerry G. Fossum, Ph.D. Jerry Fossum has been an active researcher at the University of Florida for 24 years, currently concentrating on semiconductor nanodevices and scaled integrated circuits (IC). These transistors are similar to those ... Read more
  • Maureen M. Goodenow, Ph.D. When Maureen M. Goodenow joined the staff at UF 13 years ago, the College of Medicine had no ongoing HIV research — a condition that Goodenow soon remedied with her ... Read more
  • Donald A. Graetz, Ph.D. Making agriculture both sustainable and environmentally sound is the often knotty problem that drives the research agenda of Donald Graetz. Graetz is an international expert in both water quality — especially ... Read more
  • Marc Heft, D.M.D., Ph.D. In looking at the health of older dental patients, Marc Heft’s research has found that a person’s age is not the only story. A dental professor with “roots” both in pain ... Read more
  • Jimmie Hinze, Ph.D. In the past, when designers developed plans for a building, they had the safety of one type of building user in mind: the occupant. They ignored or overlooked three other ... Read more
  • James Jessup, Ph.D., R.N. Jim Jessup studies the effects of exercise on biological declines associated with aging. “Many of the physical declines and diseases that are typically believed to accompany aging are not due to ... Read more
  • Howard M. Johnson, Ph.D. Howard Johnson believes humans may someday be vaccinated against some forms of cancer in the same way they are now protected from diseases likes polio and influenza. “Vaccination against infectious diseases ... Read more
  • Jeffrey B. Jones, Ph.D. Jeffrey B. Jones’ recent research focuses on identifying sources of resistance to bacterial plant pathogens, particularly the Xvc virus bacterium that affects tomatoes and peppers worldwide. Jones has identified genes for ... Read more
  • Elizabeth Lada, Ph.D. Elizabeth Lada studies the formation and evolution of young stars and their potential to support planetary systems. Results from Lada’s earlier work have shown that most stars in our galaxy form ... Read more
  • Robert McMahon, Ph.D. Robert McMahon’s area of specialization is the history of United States foreign relations, and he regularly teaches courses on U.S. foreign relations, the Cold War and Vietnam. McMahon spent the 1999-2000 ... Read more
  • Brij M. Moudgil, Ph.D. What do glaucoma treatments, silicon wafers, paint, pulp, pollutants, nanotechnology and paper recycling have in common? They are all part of the varied and innovative work of Brij Moudgil, one of ... Read more
  • Ranga Narayanan, Ph.D. To describe some of Ranga Narayanan’s research as out of this world would not be an exaggeration. Narayanan, a chemical engineer with expertise in fluid dynamics, works on research associated with ... Read more
  • Harry S. Nick, Ph.D. Harry Nick’s research centers on an enzyme that holds the potential to counteract inflammation in diseased lung cells. The enzyme Nick studies — manganese superoxide dismutase — is a cell’s ... Read more
  • Lars Noah, J.D. If Lars Noah’s record to date is any indication, it won’t be long before he achieves his goal of becoming the nation’s leading expert in the area of law and ... Read more
  • Craig Osenberg, Ph.D. Craig Osenberg’s research on population and community ecology seeks to develop predictive frameworks for understanding how species interactions, organismal traits and environmental factors influence the abundance and dynamics of ecological ... Read more
  • Jay Ritter, Ph.D. Jay R. Ritter is widely regarded as the world’s leading academic expert on initial public offerings of common stock. “Mr. IPO” is the Joseph Cordell Eminent Scholar in the Department ... Read more
  • Michael Robinson, Ph.D. While most of us spend our lives simply trying to avoid pain, Michael Robinson has spent his career trying to understand it. As the director for UF’s Center for Pain Research ... Read more
  • Desmond A. Schatz, M.D. Desmond Schatz is one of the world’s leading experts on type 1 diabetes. Last January the National Institutes of Health selected Schatz to oversee the University of Florida’s role in ... Read more
  • Paul Sindelar, Ph.D. During the past decade, Paul Sindelar’s research has focused on helping schools develop inclusive special education services and preparing teachers to provide them. For example, in a recent study of a ... Read more
  • Peter J Stoffella, Ph.D. When Peter Stoffella looks at waste, he doesn’t see a problem, he sees an opportunity. A horticulturist, Stoffella takes biodegradable waste by-products and finds a use for them growing crops. Stoffella’s research ... Read more
  • Colin Sumners, Ph.D. Colin Sumners works to understand the cellular and molecular effects of a small protein in the brain, but his very focused research may have large implications for understanding conditions such ... Read more
  • Robert M. Weiler, M.P.H., Ph.D. Robert M. Weiler combines his interests in school health programs, information technology and survey research to devise instruments for gathering health-related information and delivering instructional material to teachers and students. For ... Read more
  • Norris H. Williams, Ph.D. Norris H. Williams’ research on the molecular systematics of orchids has led to major reclassifications and clarifications of relationships within the orchid family. He is a world-renowned authority on the ... Read more
  • Janet Yamamoto, Ph.D. Janet Yamamoto is a hero among cat lovers. Last spring, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved use of a vaccine she developed for feline immunodeficiency virus, or FIV, a disease ... Read more