2003 Awardees

  • Samim Anghaie, Ph.D. Manned interplanetary travel will require nuclear-powered engines that are compact, light and safe, says radiological engineering Professor Samim Anghaie, co-founder of the Innovative Nuclear Space Power and Propulsion Institute. Anghaie and ... Read more
  • Elizabeth Bondy, Ph.D. When Alachua County’s Duval Elementary School improved from an F grade to an A on the state’s grading system in just one year, education Professor Elizabeth Bondy couldn’t have been ... Read more
  • Marc Branch, Ph.D. Conservative estimates indicate there are currently more than two million cocaine addicts in the United States and that as many as 25 million people have tried cocaine at least once. ... Read more
  • Barry Byrne, Ph.D. Much of Barry Byrne’s research career, first at Johns Hopkins University and at the University of Florida since 1997, has been devoted to developing treatments for glycogen storage diseases, particularly ... Read more
  • Lauren Chapman, Ph.D. Zoology Professor Lauren Chapman combines ecological and physiological approaches to understand the evolution of freshwater fishes and applies these approaches to current conservation issues in African fresh waters. The wetlands, lakes ... Read more
  • Yunmei Chen, Ph.D. As co-director of the Center for Applied Mathematics, Yunmei Chen is applying abstract mathematical theories involving partial differential equations to real-world problems in fields as diverse as medicine and finance. One ... Read more
  • Abdol Chini, P.E., Ph.D. In 2000, the United States generated more than 150 million tons of construction and demolition waste and more than 75 percent of the waste was dumped in landfills.”This is enough ... Read more
  • Paul Davenport, Ph.D. Simply inhaling and exhaling can sometimes be impossible for those afflicted with asthma and other respiratory problems. Paul Davenport’s research for the past 15 years has been focused on finding ... Read more
  • Sandra Dickson, Ph.D. Sandra H. Dickson’s commitment to producing documentaries of social and historical relevance is apparent in her work over the past decade, which has included six documentaries, primarily about the American ... Read more
  • William Dolbier, Jr., Ph.D. Chemistry Professor William Dolbier is trying to improve the activity and longevity of medicines entering and staying in the body. As a specialist in physical organic and synthetic organofluorine chemistry, ... Read more
  • Sheila Eyberg, Ph.D. Sheila Eyberg studies the treatment of Conduct Disorder and other disruptive behavior disorders in young children that can severely impair their academic and social functioning and lead to delinquency in ... Read more
  • James Graham, Ph.D. Jim Graham conducts a wide range of research in the pathological and microbiological relationships of citrus and citrus soils. Asiatic citrus canker is an exotic and damaging fruit and foliage bacterial ... Read more
  • Leslie Hendeles, Pharm.D. Two decades after Leslie Hendeles established the Asthma Research Laboratory in the UF College of Pharmacy, it has grown into a well-known center for asthma research, where Hendeles and his ... Read more
  • Charles Hoffer, Ph.D. Charles Hoffer has spent a half century teaching students and teachers how to appreciate music. In recent years, Hoffer has focused on developing new materials, including interactive technologies, to facilitate ... Read more
  • Stephen Holland, Ph.D. Stephen M. Holland, associate director of the Center for Tourism Research and Development, studies the economic impact of eco-tourism and nature-based heritage tourism on rural areas. “Many small, rural towns that ... Read more
  • Donald Huber, Ph.D. Donald Huber’s research is directed toward understanding and controlling the cellular processes responsible for ripening, aging and deterioration of horticultural crops after they have been harvested. “In a broad sense, this ... Read more
  • Gary Koehler, Ph.D. For many years, businesses have employed state-of-the-art computer systems to grow and succeed, but these same systems often create significant problems. Gary Koehler develops mathematical models of business systems by asking ... Read more
  • Alfred Lewin, Ph.D. An estimated 60,000 to 100,000 people in the United States are affected by retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited form of blindness that occurs when a mutated gene is passed down from ... Read more
  • Jian Li, Ph.D. Jian Li’s current research employs the system design and signal processing algorithm to improve the data rate for high-speed wireless local area networks using multiple transmit and receive antennas. Li’s work ... Read more
  • Lena Ma, Ph.D. Lena Ma is a national leader in the emerging science of phytoremediation, which uses plants to extract contaminants from the soil. In particular, Ma has identified ferns as the ideal plants ... Read more
  • William Marquardt, Ph.D. William Marquardt is an archaeologist who specializes in the ancient cultures and environments of south Florida. Since 1983 he has focused on the ancient Calusa Indian people who inhabited present-day ... Read more
  • Diane Mazur, J.D. As a law professor who is also a former aircraft and munitions maintenance officer in the Air Force, Diane H. Mazur has a unique perspective on the United States military. ... Read more
  • Jawaharlal Patel, Ph.D. Jawarharlal Patel’s research seeks to improve the lives of people who suffer from various lung diseases by studying the multiple functions of Nitric Oxide (NO), a simple but remarkable gas ... Read more
  • Donald Price, Ph.D. If Donald Price were a dentist, he would be everybody’s favorite kind – one who seeks to eliminate pain. For more than 30 years, Price, a neuroscientist and psychologist, has ... Read more
  • David Reitze, Ph.D. David H. Reitze uses lasers to study physical systems in three areas: gravitational wave astrophysics, femtosecond spectroscopy and high-resolution in vivo imaging. Reitze is the project manager for the design, assembly ... Read more
  • Rudolf Scheffrahn, Ph.D. Rudolf Scheffrahn knows termites and how to kill them, and he has used that knowledge to tackle a far more dangerous pest – anthrax. Scheffrahn is an international authority on drywood ... Read more
  • Sharleen Simpson, Ph.D. As a nurse-anthropologist, Sharleen Simpson has spent much of her career, domestically and abroad, seeking to understand how culture influences health and illness. Her earlier work dealt with cultural factors ... Read more
  • Peter Stacpoole, M.D., Ph.D. Peter Stacpoole is best known for his investigations of the chemical dichloroacetate, or DCA, which is used to treat lactic acidosis and diseases of the mitochondria, cell structures that produce ... Read more
  • Charles Staples, Ph.D. Repetitive calving is considered an excellent strategy to maximize milk production over a dairy cow’s lifetime. However, one of the greatest challenges facing the dairy industry is how to most ... Read more
  • Arthur Teixeira, Ph.D. Art Teixeira has spent two decades seeking to improve the quality, cost and safety of canned food. Teixeira has developed mathematical models which simulate the processing of canned food, allowing manufacturers ... Read more
  • Maureen Turim, Ph.D. Maureen Turim specializes in film history and theory, examining how desire creates culture and how different cultures conceptualize desire. As the author of the critically praised book, The Films of Oshima ... Read more
  • Baba Vemuri, Ph.D. Baba Vemuri employs brain MRI image analysis to build an anatomical road map of the human brain. “One of my goals is currently geared toward developing computational tools for automatic 3-D ... Read more
  • Wallace, Margaret With major research in the study of Neurofibromatosis type 1, Peggy Wallace’s work relies heavily on patient contributions. NF1 is a dominant nerve tumor syndrome affecting 1 in 3,000 that ... Read more