2017 Awardees

  • Dominick Joseph Angiolillo, M.D., Ph.D. Dominick Angiolillo’s research interests center around the field of interventional cardiology, which focuses on using both devices and medication to treat blockages in the arteries of the heart, which can ... Read more
  • L. Jeannine Brady, Ph.D. Jeannine Brady’s current research primarily revolves around Streptococcus mutans. This pathogen is the major cause of dental caries, or tooth decay, which is the most common infectious disease in the ... Read more
  • Barry J. Byrne, M.D., Ph.D. Barry Byrne’s research examines the intricacies of inherited rare diseases, especially muscle diseases, which lead to respiratory, heart and skeletal muscle dysfunction in children. Specifically, Byrne’s work seeks to help those ... Read more
  • Clay Calvert, J.D., Ph.D. Clay Calvert’s current work focuses on the emerging subject of the First Amendment right to film police performing their jobs in public venues. As of 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court has ... Read more
  • Shigang Chen, Ph.D. Shigang Chen’s primary research interests revolve around the implications and effects of modern technological development on computer networks and wireless systems. Chen’s lab explores subjects of big data, cybersecurity, Internet of ... Read more
  • Jaret C. Daniels, Ph.D. Jaret Daniels’ expertise is in insect conservation and management. Using basic and applied research techniques, he and his team seek to create and spread public knowledge on the subject of ... Read more
  • Jon Dobson, Ph.D. Jon Dobson’s interests lie in the biomedical applications of magnetic micro- and nanoparticles. His recent and ongoing research explores the development of new methods, devices and technologies for use in regenerative ... Read more
  • Stephen S. Eikenberry, Ph.D. Stephen Eikenberry studies black holes, neutron stars and the massive stars of which they are composed. He also develops and constructs astronomical instruments, primarily optical and infrared, to carry out ... Read more
  • Yuguang Fang, Ph.D. Yuguang (Michael) Fang conducts research in developing technologies in cybersecurity, wireless networks, mobile computing and smart grid. Fang’s lab — the Wireless Networks Laboratory (WINET) — has been consistently supported by ... Read more
  • Svetlana Folimonova, Ph.D. Svetlana Folimonova researches virology within the context of citrus pathology. Dr. Folimonova specializes in Citrus Tristeza Virus (CTV), widely regarded as the causal agent of one of the most damaging and, ... Read more
  • Sabine Grunwald, Ph.D. Sabine Grunwald is interested in soil-landscape analysis and pedometrics. She specializes in ecosystem process modeling across multiple areas. Her work with soil carbon dynamics and their relation to land use dependence ... Read more
  • Lillian Guerra, Ph.D. Lillian Guerra is a noted scholar whose work centers on Latin American culture, with a focus on the Caribbean. She is the author of many scholarly essays in addition to three ... Read more
  • Michael Haller, M.D. Michael Haller’s research focuses on improving our understanding of the natural history of Type 1 diabetes in order to inform our efforts to ultimately prevent and reverse the disease. “My interest ... Read more
  • Ann L. Horgas, Ph.D., R.N. Ann Horgas’ research revolves around one fundamental question: How can we improve pain management in older adults? Her interest in the subject was first piqued while doing research for her dissertation. ... Read more
  • Lisa A. House, Ph.D. Lisa House is primarily interested in understanding the effects of consumer attitudes, tastes, and preferences on Florida agriculture. As a food economist, House spearheads research related to consumer behavior and the ... Read more
  • Suming Huang, Ph.D. Suming Huang studies the way genes regulate the process of creating new blood cells in the body, and the circumstances in which this process may become abnormal. “My current research interests ... Read more
  • Stephanie Karst, Ph.D. Stephanie Karst’s research focuses on the development of animal models for the study of noroviruses. “My first research experience as an undergraduate lab volunteer focused on measles virus infections, and I ... Read more
  • Nemat O. Keyhani, Ph.D. Nemat Keyhani is primarily interested in the biology of fungal genetics. Much of his career has been focused on the biological intricacies of fungi that can act as parasites of insects, ... Read more
  • John H. Kranzler, Ph.D. John Kranzler’s research focuses on human cognitive abilities and their corresponding assessments, such as those intended to measure and categorize intelligence. “Throughout my career, my primary area of scholarly interest has ... Read more
  • Jodi Lane, Ph.D. Jodi Lane’s research focuses on the public and how it responds to crime. Specifically, her work explores fear of crime as a critical scientific and social policy issue. Lane’s research examines ... Read more
  • Won Suk Lee, Ph.D. Won Suk (Daniel) Lee is primarily known for his work with precision agriculture. His research program focuses on developing new technologies that can be adopted and used by growers to reduce ... Read more
  • Julie K. Levy, D.V.M., Ph.D. Julie Levy’s research and clinical interests center on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, feline infectious diseases and humane alternatives for cat population control. Specifically, Levy has performed long-term ... Read more
  • Ira Longini, Ph.D. Ira Longini’s research centers on the development of mathematical and statistical methods for measuring the spread and control of infectious diseases. “I have always been interested in the transmission and control ... Read more
  • Kai Lorenzen, Ph.D. Kai Lorenzen’s research aims to develop interdisciplinary approaches for addressing various long-standing problems in fisheries management. First attracted to fisheries science out of an interest in the mathematical methods used to ... Read more
  • Charlene D. Luke, J.D. Charlene D. Luke studies the federal tax system, and in particular the areas of business and insurance taxation. Within those areas, her primary focus is on the problem of tax avoidance, ... Read more
  • Paul Richards, D.M.A. Paul Richards’ work in musical composition is as prolific as it is noteworthy. He has composed pieces for a variety of musical endeavors including opera, song cycles, choral and other large ... Read more
  • Desmond Schatz, M.D. Desmond Schatz’s work has primarily focused on Type I diabetes. Since his initial involvement with this area of research in the 1980s, Schatz has explored a variety of different angles, including ... Read more
  • Malini Johar Schueller, Ph.D. Malini Schueller’s research explores the dynamic and complex connections between culture and imperialism. Specifically, she focuses on the ways in which the production of American literature and culture is inextricably informed ... Read more
  • Ruth Steiner, Ph.D. Ruth Steiner’s work focuses on the connection between transportation and land use, with a focus on non-automobile methods of transportation. “I grew up as the daughter of a factory worker and ... Read more
  • David Vaillancourt, Ph.D. David Vaillancourt’s research focuses on the ways in which the brain regulates movement. He holds a particular interest in voluntary and involuntary motor disorders such as Parkinson’s, dystonia and ataxia, diseases ... Read more
  • Adam Veige, Ph.D. Adam Veige is interested in the design, synthesis, isolation and characterization of new inorganic molecules and their use in catalysis and materials chemistry. “As a child I enjoyed playing with Lego, ... Read more
  • Mo Wang, Ph.D. Mo Wang’s primary research interests are in older worker employment and retirement. Within the next decade, demographers predict a substantial increase in the number of individuals who will transition into retirement. ... Read more
  • Gregory Webster, Ph.D. Gregory Webster’s research work is primarily in the field of social and personality psychology. Specifically, Webster explores personality traits related to aggression, romantic and sexual relationships, and perceptions of rare and ... Read more
  • Almut Winterstein, Ph.D. Almut Winterstein’s pharmaceutical research centers on the evaluation of drugs in real-world populations for the purposes of improving patient safety. “Population-based observational studies of drug effects have a critical place in ... Read more