2006 Awardees

  • Janaki R.R. Alavalapati, Ph.D. Janaki Alavalapati’s research focuses on the economics and policy analysis of sustainable forestry, biodiversity and bioenergy. “Rising demand for timber and non-timber products and increasing concern for the environment raises a ... Read more
  • Laurence B. Alexander, J.D. The right to refuse to testify allows journalists to keep their sources confidential. The strength of that right, however, differs across the country. Laurence B. Alexander’s work on press privilege ... Read more
  • Leslie Anderson, Ph.D. When Leslie Anderson first began her graduate work in the 1980s, most Latin American nations were governed by dictatorships. Slowly, Latin America began to embrace democracy. “My primary research puzzle focuses ... Read more
  • Wesley E. Bolch, Ph.D. Ionizing radiation is a powerful tool in the detection and treatment of cancer and other diseases. But ionizing radiation may cause carcinogenic changes in tissue, so its use must be ... Read more
  • Frank J. Bova, Ph.D. While operating, how does a brain surgeon know exactly where to find a tumor? Frank J. Bova, professor of Neurosurgery works in surgical guidance. His first efforts, in collaboration with William ... Read more
  • Dawn Bowers, Ph.D. Over the past 20 years, Dawn Bowers has studied the neuropyschology of emotions and the role certain parts of the brain play in emotion. Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at ... Read more
  • Margaret Carr, M.L.A. A growing state like Florida produces rapid changes in land use. In 1994, Margaret “Peggy” Carr secured $1 million in research funding from the State of Florida to design a ... Read more
  • Lawrence E. Datnoff, Ph.D. Instead of using expensive pesticides to control crop diseases, Lawrence Datnoff says rice growers can save thousands of dollars in production costs and boost yields simply by adding some silicon ... Read more
  • Richard Dickinson, Ph.D. Richard B. Dickinson applies engineering principles to study the behavior of living cells. He and his colleagues use a combination of mathematical modeling and quantitative experimentation, together with the tools ... Read more
  • Daniel Driscoll, M.D., Ph.D. Research skills and a good bedside manner can coexist. The overarching goal of Dan Driscoll’s research is to blend meaningful discoveries at the laboratory bench and the patient’s bedside which ... Read more
  • Fonda D. Eyler, Ph.D. Fonda Davis Eyler began studying the health and developmental effects of prenatal cocaine exposure in the late 1980s. Eyler and her colleagues have found that children exposed to cocaine before birth ... Read more
  • Yuguang Michael Fang, Ph.D. Yuguang “Michael” Fang researches and develops technologies in the field of wireless networks and mobile computing. He is also researching application of networking technologies in areas such as health care, ... Read more
  • Roger B. Fillingim, Ph.D. Pain, says Roger B. Fillingim, is arguably the most pervasive public health problem facing our society. Fillingim, an associate professor of community dentistry and behavioral science, studies how pain perception differs ... Read more
  • Mark J. Flannery, Ph.D. If banks take too many risks with their clients’ money, their clients may end up out of pocket and unhappy. If banks are too cautious, innovation and efficiency suffer. Mark ... Read more
  • Alyson Flournoy, J.D. Recent polls show that the American public supports increased measures to protect the environment and conserve resources. At the same time, however, legal protection is decreasing. For the past five ... Read more
  • Jude W. Grosser, Ph.D. Jude Grosser is helping Florida’s citrus industry fight canker – by studying rice. Rice offers disease resistance Grosser and his colleagues are borrowing for use in citrus. The grain has a gene ... Read more
  • L. Curtis Hannah, Ph.D. Curt Hannah studies the molecular genetics of starch production in corn. He is particularly interested in genetic mutations that change the size, shape and texture of corn seed. “The corn seed ... Read more
  • Heather Hausenblas, Ph.D. Knowledge does not equal action when it comes to eating well and exercising. Heather Hausenblas studies the gap between what people know and what people do. The director of the ... Read more
  • Michael J. Heckenberger, Ph.D. Michael J. Heckenberger’s research has shown that the Amazon once supported settlements of thousands of people who lived in villages connected by an ancient version of interstates and interspersed with ... Read more
  • Gunther Hochhaus, Ph.D. G√ľnther Hochhaus is one of the leading researchers in the field of pulmonary drug delivery. His research focuses on assessing the fate of anti-asthma drugs in the body. Hochhaus’ research has ... Read more
  • Richard Johnson, Ph.D. Far more men than women suffer from spinal cord injuries. A recent survey of men with such injuries found that the most important goal among paraplegics was not regaining the ... Read more
  • Jonathan B. Martin, Ph.D. Rivers and streams in north Florida have a curious habit of disappearing into the ground, only to reemerge elsewhere, a result of the porous rock formations that lie not far ... Read more
  • George O’Connor, Ph.D. George O’Connor is raising a cautionary note about restricting the use of biosolids on fields, forests and other areas. Derived from sewage sludge, biosolids can be used to fertilize plants and ... Read more
  • Westley H. Reeves, Ph.D. Some of the most debilitating of diseases are caused by a person’s own immune system turning against what it is supposed to protect. Westley H. Reeves, a professor of medicine, ... Read more
  • Ralf Remshardt, Ph.D. All the world’s a stage, wrote Shakepeare, and both of Ralf Remshardt’s feet are firmly planted in that world. Remshardt, a leading member of the academic theatre community, remains one ... Read more
  • Meredeth Rowe, Ph.D., R.N. Sufferers of autism, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of cognitive impairment are often looked after in the home – a 24-hour-a-day job often undertaken by relatives. Meredeth Rowe, a nationally recognized ... Read more
  • Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D. Ata Sarajedini has become an internationally recognized authority on the formation and evolution of galaxies. He is principal investigator on a $550,000 grant from the Hubble Space Telescope Treasury Program to ... Read more
  • Kirk Schanze, Ph.D. Kirk Schanze studies the interaction of light and organic chemicals, a field that holds great potential for the development of new semiconductors, signaling devices and solar cells. In one project, Schanze’s ... Read more
  • K.T. Shanmugam, Ph.D. K.T. Shanmugam’s research focuses on ways to convert waste crops into ethanol, a renewable source of transportation fuel. “Increasing the amount of ethanol produced to meet the transportation needs of the ... Read more
  • Elizabeth A. Shenkman, Ph.D. Elizabeth Shenkman has spent her career ensuring that children are treated fairly and effectively in our health-care system. “The health and well-being of children and youth is vital to securing a ... Read more
  • Pierre Sikivie, Ph.D. Pierre Sikivie has spent his career seeking to understand the mysterious dark matter of the universe. Astrophysicists have concluded that more than 80 percent of the matter in the universe ... Read more
  • Pamela Soltis, Ph.D. Why the flower? For millions of years plants happily reproduced without them. The origins and subsequent success of the flower forms a major part of Pamela Soltis’ research. Soltis’ group, which ... Read more
  • R. Craig Wood, Ed.D. R. Craig Wood is one of the leading scholars in the field of education finance and law. “Education finance and education law are two distinct, yet intersecting, fields as an academic ... Read more