Thirty-four faculty named UF Research Foundation Professors for 2013

Published: April 23 2013

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Research Foundation has named 34 faculty members as UFRF Professors for 2013-2016.

The recognition goes to faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields.

The UFRF Professors were recommended by their college deans based on nominations from their department chairs, a personal statement and an evaluation of their recent research accomplishments as evidenced by publications in scholarly journals, external funding, honors and awards, development of intellectual property and other measures appropriate to their field of expertise. In many colleges, this selection process is conducted by a special faculty committee.

“It is this selection by their peers that makes the UFRF Professors so special,” said David Norton, UF’s vice president for research. “Typically, the nominating documents highlight the progressive nature of the nominee’s research and the important role education plays in their scholarly activities. It is the work of these faculty and their colleagues across campus that has moved UF into the top tier of public research universities nationally.”

The three-year award includes a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a one-time $3,000 grant. The professorships are funded from the university’s share of royalty and licensing income on UF-generated products.

This year’s UFRF Professors are:

Warrington College of Business
Richard Romano
Gunter Professor of Economics

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Elizabeth Dale
Neikerk Professor of History and Law

Chris L. Gibson
Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology & Law

Connie J. Mulligan
Professor of Anthropology

Edward Schuur
Associate Professor of Biology

Elizabeth Screaton
Professor of Geological Sciences

Daniel R. Talham
Professor of Chemistry

College of Dentistry
Edward K. L. Chan
Professor of Oral Biology

College of Design, Construction & Planning
Ian Flood
Holland Professor of Building Construction

College of Education
Kara Dawson
Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning

College of Engineering
Mingzhou Ding
J. Crayton Pruitt Family Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Ghatu Subhash
Millsaps Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Jiangeng Xue
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

College of Fine Arts
Glenn Willumson
Professor of Art History

Florida Museum of Natural History
David W. Steadman
Curator of Ornithology

College of Health and Human Performance
John O. Spengler
Associate Professor of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Fredy Altpeter
Professor of Agronomy

David G. Clark
Professor of Environmental Horticulture

Matias Kirst
Associate Professor of Forest Resources and Conservation

William E. Pine
Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Max Teplitski
Associate Professor of Soil and Water Science

Alan L. Wright
Associate Professor of Soil and Water Science

College of Journalism and Communications
Sylvia Chan-Olmsted
Professor of Telecommunication

Levin College of Law
Yariv Brauner
Professor of Law

College of Medicine
David C. Bloom
Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Jorg Bungert
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Thomas C. Foster
Professor of Neuroscience

Frederick S. Southwick
Professor of Medicine

Arun Srivastava
Kitzman Professor of Genetics

Robert L. Wears
Professor of Emergency Medicine

College of Nursing
Donna Felber Neff
Associate Professor of Adult and Elderly Nursing

College of Pharmacy
Julie A. Johnson
Chandran Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

College of Public Health and Health Professions
Robert L. Cook
Associate Professor of Epidemiology

College of Veterinary Medicine
Donald C. Bolser
Professor of Physiological Sciences


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