2005 Awardees

  • Joseph W. Alba, Ph.D. Although many economists are tempted to characterize decision making in terms of the rational use of relevant information, the influence of less reliable information is pervasive. “In some instances, an unreliable ... Read more
  • Mark Atkinson, Ph.D. Mark Atkinson has forged a reputation as one of the world’s leading diabetes experts by conducting innovative research on the physiological changes that cause the debilitating disease. “Pathologists are thought by ... Read more
  • Sue Boinski, Ph.D. Sue Boinski has faced wild pumas, camped beside shark-infested waters, and contracted parasites never before found in humans. Boinski, a UF professor since 1993, has been researching the social behavior, evolution ... Read more
  • Randy W. Braith, Ph.D. While he was a student at UF in the 1980s, Randy Braith initiated research on heart failure and transplantation. Twenty years later Braith continues the same research that compelled him ... Read more
  • Daniel Cantliffe, Ph.D. When plant researcher Daniel Cantliffe first came to the University of Florida in 1974, he created a model system for priming, or controlling absorption of water, in lettuce seeds at ... Read more
  • James Channell, Ph.D. Geophysicist James Channell’s current research has him placed in the Southern Alps north of Venice, overlooking the Adriatic Sea …not a bad day job. Channell researches paleomagnetism or fossil magnetism, in ... Read more
  • Ira Clark, Ph.D. Art thou interested in Renaissance? Ira Clark, a professor in the Department of English, is currently writing a set of essays to be turned into a book called Rhetorical Readings, Dark ... Read more
  • Richard Condit, Ph.D. Although smallpox has been successfully eliminated through modern medicine, the original smallpox vaccine, a virus itself, has endless possibilities in research and biotechnology. As a graduate student in the 1970s, Richard ... Read more
  • Zhihui Fang, Ph.D. It’s no wonder that some children don’t like to read in school. When kids complain textbooks are difficult and boring, UF Professor Zhihui Fang believes they might actually be right. “The ... Read more
  • Robert Ferl, Ph.D. Growing plants in space? It may sound like something from a science fiction movie, but one UF researcher is making it happen. Robert Ferl, UF professor of horticultural sciences, is an expert ... Read more
  • Terence Flotte, M.D. As pediatrics chair and medical director of Shands Children’s Hospital, Terence Flotte is ensuring the best medical minds continue to serve Florida’s children. The professor of pediatrics and molecular genetics and ... Read more
  • Charles Guy, Ph.D. Although plants can’t share their feelings, Charles Guy, professor of plant physiology and biochemistry, knows them pretty well. A member of the UF faculty since 1985, Guy studies the ways plants ... Read more
  • Carrie Haskell-Luevano, Ph.D. Carrie Haskell-Luevano is a chemist and associate professor of medicinal chemistry who studies obesity through the behavior of the endocrine system. The melanocortin peptide hormones (a specific endocrine system) in the ... Read more
  • Kenneth Heilman, M.D. Kenneth Heilman, a seasoned professor who joined the UF faculty in 1971, shows no signs of slowing down. As the James E. Rooks Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Heilman is director of ... Read more
  • John Kaplan, M.A. Although the use of torture as punishment seems archaic, it is still practiced in more than 125 countries and continues to rise across the globe. Photojournalism Professor John Kaplan is focused ... Read more
  • Anthony Ladd, Ph.D. Tony Ladd, professor of chemical engineering, uses numerical simulations to develop an understanding of particulate transport in suspensions and porous media. By comparing the predictions of numerical simulations of a mathematical ... Read more
  • Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, J.D. Law Professor Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky says new ways of communication – specifically the Internet – test the right to speak anonymously as never before. Lidsky’s article Consider the Source: Identity, ... Read more
  • L. Philip Lounibos, Ph.D. The Asian tiger mosquito – first found in the United States in southern Texas in 1984 – is now the most important pest mosquito throughout the Southeast. The spread of this ... Read more
  • Bruce J. MacFadden, Ph.D. The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be. Bruce MacFadden, UF paleontologist and curator of vertebrate paleontology in the Florida Museum of Natural History, has found that the ... Read more
  • William Marsiglio, Ph.D. William Marsiglio studies men’s sexuality, reproduction, fathering and paid/volunteer work with youth outside the home. He has published six books including two based on primary data collected for separate studies: Sex, ... Read more
  • A. Daniel Martin, Ph.D. On any given day, 3,000 mechanical ventilation patients are trying to wean from artificial breathing support in the United States. Not only is the transition incredibly difficult, but it translates ... Read more
  • Charles Martin, Ph.D. Chemistry professor Charles Martin’s research has been intense since he arrived Gainesville in 1999. “The last five years have been the most scientifically productive of my 24-year career,” Martin says. “This ... Read more
  • James F. Preston, Ph.D. The negative impacts of fossil fuels on the economy, environment, and national security of the United States has drawn scientists from many institutions, including the University of Florida, into research ... Read more
  • Ann Progulske-Fox, Ph.D. Ann Progulske-Fox’s research primarily focuses on the bacteria that are associated with periodontal disease, one of the most common infectious diseases worldwide. She has found that since it has an ... Read more
  • Roger Reep, Ph.D. While Roger Reep is studying animal physiology, he’s also making links to the same neurological disorders in humans. Reep, a professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences, has been focused on ... Read more
  • Russell L. Robinson, Ph.D. Russell Robinson may be a professor of music education at the university level, but his research focuses on a younger breed of student. Robinson’s work is with junior and high ... Read more
  • Reynaldo Roque, Ph.D. Rey Roque could be more important to the health of your car than a mechanic; his research in transportation infrastructure has changed the roads we drive on. As a professor in ... Read more
  • Joyce Stechmiller, Ph.D. There are more than 3 million adults with pressure ulcers in the United States and it costs an estimated $500 to $40,000 to heal each ulcer. Nursing Professor Joyce Stechmiller is ... Read more
  • Ruth Steiner, Ph.D. The appeal of cities like New York and Chicago is their easy access to shopping, entertainment, schools, housing, parks and other amenities. This same idea of “New Urbanism” is popping up ... Read more
  • Lavern W. Timmer, Ph.D. An orange, tangerine or grapefruit with a brown spot, greasy spot or citrus scab will never make the cut into grocery stores, causing growers to lose money on diseased fruit. These ... Read more
  • Manuel A. Vasquez, Ph.D. Manuel A. Vasquez’s research on the intersection between Christianity and the diverse economic, political and cultural signs of globalization is strikingly innovative. “His work and grant projects are increasingly interdisciplinary, bringing ... Read more
  • Eric Wachsman, Ph.D. Eric Wachsman, a professor of materials science and engineering, saw first-hand how important energy is to a state’s economy and how certain choices directly effect our environment while growing up ... Read more
  • John Wingard, M.D. As deputy director of the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center, medicine Professor John Wingard keeps extraordinarily busy finding ways to combat cancer with transplants. Wingard serves as director of UF’s ... Read more