2013 Awardees

  • Fredy Altpeter, Dr. Sc. Agr. Fredy Altpeter’s research is focused on the genetic improvement of commercially important grasses, including sugarcane, turf, forage and biomass/bioenergy grasses. Altpeter’s program integrates molecular biology, biotechnology, plant breeding, and plant ... Read more
  • David C. Bloom, Ph.D. David Bloom’s research program is aimed at understanding how Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) remains latent in host cells, as well as how it reactivates to cause painful ulcers, and, in ... Read more
  • Donald C. Bolser, Ph.D. Donald Bolser’s primary research focus is analyzing cough and its role in health and disease. Bolser’s research program has evolved from a focus on the pharmacology of cough to the ... Read more
  • Yariv Brauner, J.S.D., LL.B., LL.M. Yariv Brauner’s research focuses on three areas: fairness in the international tax regime, the future of international business taxation, and the theoretical underpinning of the corporate income tax. Fairness aspects ... Read more
  • Jorg Bungert, Ph.D. The main focus of research in Jorg Bungert’s laboratory is the analysis of globin gene expression and transcription factor function in differentiating red blood cells. Hemoglobin is composed of two ... Read more
  • Edward K. L. Chan, Ph.D. Edward K. L. Chan conducts state-of-the-art studies on autoimmunity and cell biology, and develops information on the linkage of autoantibodies and cancer. Chan’s present research continues to enhance understanding of ... Read more
  • Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, Ph.D. Sylvia Chan-Olmsted’s research focuses on three areas: brand management and social media, mobile media adoption, and multi-platform media consumption and competition. One of Chan-Olmsted’s most significant scholarly contributions is the empirical ... Read more
  • David G. Clark, Ph.D. David Clark’s achievements and accomplishments place him at the forefront of his field of Horticultural Biotechnology. Clark’s research involves a new concept called “Consumer-assisted Selection.” This is a simple idea ... Read more
  • Robert L. Cook, M.D., M.P.H. Robert Cook’s research contributes to the science at the intersection between HIV and heavy drinking. His goal is reducing the effect of alcohol on HIV-related health outcomes, especially among women ... Read more
  • Elizabeth Dale, J.D., Ph.D. Traditionally, the history of law and constitutional history have been considered separate fields of study. Elizabeth Dale’s research bridges that divide by looking at when and how people have influenced ... Read more
  • Kara Dawson, Ph.D. Kara Dawson’s research focuses on the ways educational technologies influence teaching and learning within the contexts of K-12 education and online post-secondary environments. Much of Dawson’s K-12 research has focused on ... Read more
  • Mingzhou Ding, Ph.D. Mingzhou Ding’s research is focused on understanding the neural basis of higher brain functions and their impairments by neurological and psychiatric disorders. In particular, he and his lab are applying ... Read more
  • Donna Felber Neff, Ph.D., R.N. The focus of Donna Felber Neff’s research is to understand determinants of patient health outcomes and identify leverage points for improving the systems in which they receive care. Neff recently ... Read more
  • Ian Flood, Ph.D. Ian Flood’s research agenda is broadly focused on developing new, more effective methods of simulation and modeling of dynamic engineered systems and construction/fabrication processes. Flood has developed and refined a new ... Read more
  • Thomas C. Foster, Ph.D. Thomas Foster performs research on how brain aging contributes to age-related memory loss. Foster’s research addresses questions of about variability in the extent of memory problems as we age and ... Read more
  • Chris L. Gibson, Ph.D. Chris Gibson’s research explores the complexity of human behavior to be found in the dance between nature and nurture. He uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the intersection between trait-based ... Read more
  • Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D. Julie Johnson’s research aims to uncover the genetic bases for differences in response to medication, a field called pharmacogenomics. Johnson’s ultimate goal is translating this information to clinical practice. There is ... Read more
  • Matias Kirst, Ph.D. Matias Kirst works in genetics and genomics of forest trees. Trees have unique biology and utility for renewable bioenergy, and are the dominant species in many ecosystems under threat from ... Read more
  • Connie J. Mulligan, Ph.D. Connie Mulligan’s overarching research interest is human evolution and genomic diversity, as reflected in population history and human health and disease. Her research has grown into the optimal synthesis of ... Read more
  • William E. Pine, Ph.D. William Pine works to understand how aquatic ecosystems respond to changes in water availability, due to climate change and increases in human use related to population growth. Pine works with resource ... Read more
  • Richard Romano, Ph.D. Richard Romano’s research is in the economics of education. In recent years, Romano has made many theoretical contributions through sophisticated economic modeling of decisions by both public and private education ... Read more
  • Edward Schuur, Ph.D. Edward Schuur’s research interests are focused on the structure, function, and development of terrestrial ecosystems. Defining where and when the activities of organisms reinforce or counteract physical drivers is key ... Read more
  • Elizabeth Screaton, Ph.D. Elizabeth Screaton’s research examines the relationship between groundwater flow and the surrounding sediment and rock. She works in two main areas: 1) exchange of surface water and groundwater in karst ... Read more
  • Frederick S. Southwick, M.D. Frederick Southwick studies a novel mechanism of Listeria and Shigella pathogenesis, dissection of the mechanism by which anthrax toxins paralyze the innate immune system, and new methods for improving the ... Read more
  • John O. Spengler, J.D., Ph.D. John O. Spengler’s work encompasses the scientific study of law and other policies relevant to community health, physical activity, obesity prevention, and participant safety in sport and recreation. Spengler’s research ... Read more
  • Arun Srivastava, Ph.D. Arun Srivastava’s research is in the areas of parvovirus molecular biology and the use of parvovirus-based vectors in human gene therapy. Parvovirus infections are very common in humans, and parvoviruses ... Read more
  • David W. Steadman, Ph.D. David Steadman’s current research reflects an effort to understand changes in Bahamian plant and animal communities over time frames measured in tens, hundreds, and thousands of years. Recently discovered, well-preserved ... Read more
  • Ghatu Subhash, Ph.D. Ghatu Subhash conducts multidisciplinary research at the intersection of solid mechanics, materials science, and biomechanics. His focus is to develop novel materials and investigate their deformation and fracture behavior under ... Read more
  • Daniel R. Talham, Ph.D. Daniel Talham’s research focuses on materials discovery. Centered on the chemistry of inorganic materials, he studies coordination polymers for advanced materials applications and inorganic surfaces for controlled interactions with biomolecules. ... Read more
  • Max Teplitski, Ph.D. Max Teplitski’s research focuses on interactions within host-associated microbial communities. Teplitski has demonstrated that eukaryotes produce signal-mimics capable of manipulating cell-to-cell signaling in bacteria and, thus, affect the outcomes of ... Read more
  • Robert L. Wears, M.D., M.S., Ph.D. Robert Wears’ research efforts have focused on improving the safety and quality of health care, specifically using innovative, system science approaches from the behavioral and social sciences, advanced computer modeling, ... Read more
  • Glenn Willumson, Ph.D. Glenn Willumson’s research embraces two disciplines: the history of art and the cultural function of museums (museology). Willumson’s research has analyzed photography in an effort to uncover the personal and ... Read more
  • Alan L. Wright, Ph.D. Alan Wright’s research program focuses on fertilizer and nutrient management to enhance agricultural productivity and sustainability in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), while minimizing adverse environmental effects on Everglades’ wetlands. ... Read more
  • Jiangeng Xue, Ph.D. Jiangeng Xue’s research focuses on the science and engineering of electronic materials, particularly organic and hybrid organic-inorganic electronic materials. Xue’s current research is focused on: (1) deepening our understanding of ... Read more