2012 Awardees

  • Micheal Allen, Ph.D. Micheal Allen’s research is focused on the ecology, management, and sustainability of the world’s fisheries. Allen’s research is interdisciplinary and collaborative as evidenced by productive partnerships with faculty from IFAS’s ... Read more
  • Badredine Arfi, Ph.D. Badredine Arfi’s work within Political Science has been multifaceted, including critical-theoretic analysis of international relations theory and the role of religion in democratic theory, applications of quantum approaches (borrowed from ... Read more
  • Robert Caudle, Ph.D. Robert Caudle’s research focuses on the molecular and physiological processes that initiate and maintain chronic pain, with a goal of developing novel strategies to avoid the induction of chronic pain ... Read more
  • Jesse Dallery, Ph.D. Jesse Dallery studies the interplay between decision-making, nicotine, and smoking. He has also linked this translational work with innovative behavioral treatments to promote smoking abstinence, as well as other pro-health ... Read more
  • Nancy Fichtman Dana, Ph.D. Nancy Fichtman Dana’s research focuses on practitioner research as a professional development strategy. She examines the ways this form of professional development impacts individual educators, as well as the schools ... Read more
  • Warren Dixon, Ph.D. Warren Dixon’s research is focused on the development and application of mathematical tools that can be used to elicit a desired behavior from a given system. The unifying theme of ... Read more
  • Sidney Dobrin, Ph.D. Positioned within the field of composition and rhetoric, Sidney Dobrin’s research focuses on writing, by asking fundamental theoretical questions about the nature and function of writing. Dobrin’s research has focused ... Read more
  • Arthur Edison, Ph.D. Art Edison studies mixtures of small molecule metabolites from living organisms to understand their role in behavior or as biomarkers for disease or response to treatment. The overall goal of metabolomics ... Read more
  • Joan D. Frosch, Ph.D. Joan Frosch is a dance ethnographer who has pioneered research in global contemporary performance as a practice of citizenship. Her research fosters the recognition and nurture of the individual creative ... Read more
  • Paul Gader, Ph.D. Paul Gader studies Intelligent Systems, including new concepts for algorithms to process data measured by sensors “intelligently.” Gader seeks general methodologies for building computer programs requiring “intelligent” behavior (e.g. handwriting ... Read more
  • James Graham, Ph.D. James Graham studies citrus canker epidemiology and control by integrated management, as well as management of health of trees affected by belowground pathogens and pests and the systemic bacterial disease, ... Read more
  • Chris Hass, Ph.D. Chris Hass conducts both basic and applied experiments focused on the neuromechanical control of movement across the lifespan. Hass is concerned with how, within the constraints of the musculoskeletal system, ... Read more
  • R. Raymond Issa, J.D., Ph.D. R. Raymond Issa’s research focuses on technology and building information modeling, two increasingly important areas for improving productivity in the construction industry and performance in the built environment. Issa’s research program ... Read more
  • Kevin Jones, Ph.D. Kevin Jones’ research focuses on semiconductor processing and advanced doping for future integrated circuit materials, as well as energy storage materials. Jones works to develop an understanding between the evolution of ... Read more
  • Maureen Keller-Wood, Ph.D. Maureen Keller-Wood’s research involves understanding the physiologic importance of the normal increase in maternal cortisol in pregnancy and the consequences of over- or under-secretion of cortisol during pregnancy. While it ... Read more
  • Kelli Komro, Ph.D. Kelli Komro’s research program focuses on developing complex community-wide preventive interventions to reduce child health disparities, both in the U.S. and internationally. In her research, Komro addresses risk prevention for disadvantaged ... Read more
  • Charlene Krueger, ARNP, Ph.D. Charlene Krueger’s research is early developmental exposure to sound, specifically maternal voice. She began with investigating maternal voice because, within the normal uterine environment, maternal speech provides a predominant, unique ... Read more
  • Lena Ma, Ph.D. Lena Ma’s research program focuses on environmental chemistry, with an emphasis on the biogeochemistry of trace metals. Ma conducts basic and applied research on soil contamination and remediation, as well as ... Read more
  • Michael Marsiske, Ph.D. Michael Marsiske is focused on advancing the science and practice of cognitive interventions for older adults. For the past 25 years, he has been engaged in a continuous program of ... Read more
  • Jonathan Martin, Ph.D. Jonathan Martin’s research focuses on controls of water chemistry caused by interactions between surface water and groundwater. Martin’s work includes both terrestrial and marine systems and is multi-disciplinary in scope. ... Read more
  • Tim Martin, Ph.D. Tim Martin’s research program focuses on studying the interacting influence of genetics, climate, environmental stress, and forest management on forest productivity, water balance, and carbon sequestration, and analyzing the physiological ... Read more
  • D. Grant McFadden, Ph.D. Grant McFadden has been investigating how viruses, particularly poxviruses, evade the immune system for the past 30 years. His specific scientific expertise is in the field of viral immune evasion ... Read more
  • Ayalew Mergia, Ph.D. Ayalew Mergia’s research is focused on developing novel strategies to inhibit human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) replication and consequently limit AIDS pathogenesis. The failure to target latently HIV-infected resting cells and the ... Read more
  • Jay Ritter, Ph.D. Jay Ritter’s research focuses on initial public offerings (IPOs) and related topics. Over the last thirty years, Ritter has published numerous articles on IPOs and is generally viewed as the ... Read more
  • Ronald Rodgers, Ph.D. Ronald Rodgers’ research focuses on the historical foundations of journalism’s responsibility to society. Rodgers studies the roots of journalistic normative standards as reflected in the critical discourse of the late ... Read more
  • Elizabeth Rowe, J.D. Elizabeth Rowe’s research explores the suitability of existing intellectual property laws to address challenges presented by new technological and cultural norms. In particular, Rowe has developed a nationally-recognized body of ... Read more
  • Lynn Sollenberger, Ph.D. Lynn Sollenberger studies grassland ecology and management and is considered a leader in defining strategies to optimize use of grasslands for livestock and bioenergy production and to provide ecosystem services. Sollenberger’s ... Read more
  • Douglas Soltis, Ph.D. Douglas Soltis studies plant evolution using DNA approaches. His interests include genome doubling (polyploidy), floral evolution, building the tree of life, and angiosperm diversification. Soltis has reconstructed relationships among major ... Read more
  • Gregory Stewart, Ph.D. Gregory Stewart works in the field of condensed matter experimental physics. In particular, he is a world expert in the field of heavy fermion and other exotic superconductors. In recent years, ... Read more
  • Colin Sumners, Ph.D. The cornerstone of Colin Sumners’ research work has been the peptide angiotensin II (Ang II) and its receptors and functional effects in the brain. His current research work encompasses two ... Read more
  • I. David Weiner, Ph.D. David Weiner’s current research involves the function of a newly discovered family of ammonia transporters in the kidney. Weiner is rewriting decades-old assumptions the medical community has made about kidney ... Read more
  • Keith Willmott, Ph.D. Keith Willmott’s research focuses on the diversity, distribution, and natural history of Central and South American butterflies, in particular those of Ecuador and neighboring tropical Andean countries. With the most ... Read more
  • David Wright, Ph.D. David Wright’s research accomplishments include development of an integrated livestock/sod-based cropping system, management and control of Asian soybean rust, and management and etiology of hardlock of cotton. Wright developed a ... Read more