2007 Awardees

  • Alexander Alberro, Ph.D. Alexander Alberro’s has become one of the foremost scholars of contemporary art. His essays have appeared in a wide array of peer-reviewed journals and museum exhibition catalogues, and he has ... Read more
  • Murat Balaban, Ph.D. Food science and human nutrition Professor Murat Balaban says that he tries to apply engineering principles to foods and biological matter in innovative ways, and to develop processes and generate ... Read more
  • Anthony F Barbet, Ph.D. Molecular biologist Anthony Barbet’s research focus is on tick-borne diseases that pose a threat to livestock and wildlife in the U.S. “These tick-borne diseases are a major impediment to livestock production ... Read more
  • Mary Lou Behnke, M.D. Over the past 15 years, Marylou Behnke and her research partner, Fonda Davis Eyler, have secured more than $8 million, primarily from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to ... Read more
  • Thomas K. Frazer, Ph.D. Tom Frazer is an ecologist whose recent research activities are focused on the potential ecological impacts of nutrient over-enrichment on the structure and function of ecosystems at the land-water interface. ... Read more
  • Peter J. Hansen, Ph.D. Animal science Professor Pete Hansen’s research is focused on the biology of pregnancy and embryonic survival and using that information to develop approaches to improve fertility in livestock, especially dairy ... Read more
  • Willie Garner Harris, Ph.D. Willie G. Harris’ research focus has been on environmental issues in Florida that are influenced by soils and sediment components and basic soil genetic processes, including those involved in the ... Read more
  • Abraham G. Hartzema, Ph.D. Safe and effective use of drugs has moved to the center of the public’s attention. No day passes that a drug safety issue is not highlighted in the media. Abraham Hartzema ... Read more
  • Peter Joseph Hirschfeld, Ph.D. Peter Hirschfeld is a theoretical condensed matter physicist who has for the past 20 years concentrated on the problem of high-temperature superconductivity. “Superconductivity” is the remarkable property of some materials to ... Read more
  • David A. Hodell, Ph.D. Geology Professor David Hodell is a paleoclimatologist whose research utilizes speleothems and sediment cores collected from lake and ocean bottoms to reconstruct past changes in Earth’s climate, oceans and environment. “Our ... Read more
  • Walter Judd, Ph.D. Botany Professor Walter Judd says the emergence of new technologies to classify plants makes this a very exciting time in the field of botany. “In the past, when we named and ... Read more
  • Timothy Alan Judge, Ph.D. Timothy Judge’s research focuses on the effects of personality on organizational behavior. He specifically concentrates on the five-factor model of personality and the influence and impact of “positive self-concept” in ... Read more
  • Lynda L. Kaid, Ph.D. Telecommunications Professor Lynda Lee Kaid’s research focuses on political advertising, young voters and international political communications. In 2001, Kaid co-authored a scholarly text titled Videostyle that synthesized her research on political ... Read more
  • Shawn M. Kneipp, ARNP, Ph.D. The role that U.S. welfare policy may play in women’s health was entirely overlooked until the mid-1990s. To that point, studies focused on examining women’s earnings and employment stability after ... Read more
  • Yuncong Li, Ph.D. Yuncong Li’s research program focuses on developing management practices to improve nutrient use efficiency, plant nutrition and water quality; characterizing nutrient cycling in calcareous soils; and determining impacts of agriculture ... Read more
  • Lisa McElwee-White, Ph.D. An expert in organometallic chemistry, Lisa McElwee-White has during the past five years established three active research programs that include both fundamental basic chemistry and applied collaborative work. Urea derivatives are ... Read more
  • Donald A. Novak, M.D. Pediatric gastroenterologist Donald Novak seeks to better understand whether fetal nutrition plays a role in the origin of certain diseases that surface in adulthood. As alarm rises over soaring rates of ... Read more
  • Gustav Paulay, Ph.D. “We live at a critical time for biodiversity,” says malacologist Gustav Paulay. “Human activity is causing profound alterations in the biosphere, and the resulting mass extinction is already erasing much ... Read more
  • Milagros Peña, Ph.D. Milagros Peña’s research brings together the study of gender, race and ethnicity. She has conducted in-depth field research on Latinas in the southwestern United States, northern and central Mexico and ... Read more
  • Jose c. Principe, Ph.D. Jose Principe and his research group have explored using models of the brain to extend computation and signal processing. This activity uses the brain to inspire computing and algorithms, as ... Read more
  • Vladimir A. Rakov, Ph.D. Researchers have long known that lightning produces lots of nitrogen oxide. Power plants and cars also give off the gas, which is a big ingredient in smog. Now, a group of ... Read more
  • Joseph L. Riley III, Ph.D. Joseph Riley’s research interests focus on behavioral, emotional and cognitive responses to pain. His current research looks specifically at how those factors differ across social and ethnic groups, and the ... Read more
  • Richard H. Schneider, Ph.D. Richard Schneider has achieved outstanding success in a research field that only a few years ago was a comparatively uncharted area – crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). The premise of ... Read more
  • David S. Sheps, M.D., Ph.D. Cardiologist David Sheps has shown through a variety of studies over the past five years that mental stress can markedly decrease blood flow to the heart, hiking heart disease patients’ ... Read more
  • Stephen W. Smith, Ph.D. Special education Professor Stephen Smith seeks to improve education through research into ways to reduce student aggression and chronic classroom disruption, primarily through student-centered approaches. One of Smith’s studies found that ... Read more
  • Jane Southworth, Ph.D. Jane Southworth’s research world extends from Meso-America (Yucatan, Honduras, Guatemala) and South America (Peru, Bolivia, Brazil) to Africa (Uganda, Tanzania) and Asia (Thailand, Cambodia). Her research interests are based on the ... Read more
  • Stephen P. Sugrue, Ph.D. Throughout his independent career, Stephen Sugrue’s research interests have been in the area of epithelial cell biology. His research has focused on fundamental and important questions to explain how epithelial ... Read more
  • Timothy G. Townsend, Ph.D. Environmental engineer Tim Townsend is helping to design the next generation of landfills. Townsend is managing several massive outdoor experiments designed to test a new approach that could significantly extend the ... Read more
  • Krista Vandenborne, Ph.D. Physical therapy Professor Krista Vandenborne is focused on three main areas of research: non-invasive techniques for the evaluation of muscle function, enhancing muscle function through everything from gene therapy to ... Read more
  • I. David Weiner, M.D. “As a clinician and a scientist, I have learned that effective treatment of human disease requires a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms used by the human body to respond to ... Read more
  • Danaya C. Wright, J.D. Law Professor Danaya C. Wright has two divergent scholarly interests. The first is understanding the history of U.S. railroad development in the 19th century and its impact on the development of ... Read more
  • Rongling Wu, Ph.D. Rongling Wu is developing a technique that will help farmers predict how fast crops will grow. And thanks to an $855,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, he will soon ... Read more
  • James J. Zhang, Ph.D. Sport is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. Its annual business transactions amount to more than $150 billion with an average 6.8 percent annual increase in ... Read more