Thirty-four named UF Research Foundation professors

April 1, 2016
Joe Kays
UF Research Foundation

The University of Florida Research Foundation has named 34 faculty members as UFRF Professors for 2016-2019.

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, the selection process is conducted by a special faculty committee.

“Since the professorships were created in 1997, nearly 600 UF faculty have been named UFRF Professors in recognition of their successful research performance during the previous five years and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in the future,” said David Norton, UF’s vice president for research. “Many UFRF Professors have gone on to spectacular success, earning multi-million dollar grants; publishing in the leading journals in their field; assuming leadership positions within the university; and commercializing their discoveries for the benefit of society.”

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 listed below:

College of the Arts

Melissa Hyde, Professor of Art and Art History

Warrington College of Business

Hsing Kenneth Cheng, Higdon Eminent Scholar in Information Systems and Operations Management

College of Dentistry

Luciana Shaddox, Associate Professor of Periodontology

College of Design, Construction and Planning

Abdol R. Chini, Holland Professor of Construction Management

College of Education

Albert D. Ritzhaupt, Associate Professor of Educational Technology

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

David P. Arnold, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Benjamin J. Fregly, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
My T. Thai, Professor of Computer and Information Science and Engineering

Florida Museum of Natural History

Bruce J. MacFadden, Distinguished Professor and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology

College of Health and Human Performance

Evangelos A. Christou, Associate Professor of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Senthold Asseng, Professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Liwei Gu, Associate Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
A. Mark Settles, Professor of Horticultural Sciences
Wilfred Vermerris, Associate Professor of Microbiology & Cell Science
Nian Wang, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Cell Science
P. Chris Wilson, Professor of Soil and Water Science

College of Journalism and Communications

Jon D. Morris, Professor of Advertising

College of Law

D. Daniel Sokol, Professor of Law

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

David J. Daegling, Professor of Anthropology
Ryan Duffy, Associate Professor of Psychology
Guido Mueller, Professor of Physics
Adrian E. Roitberg, Professor of Chemistry
Gonda Van Steen, Cassas Professor in Greek Studies
Luise White, Professor of History

College of Medicine

Yuqing Li, Professor of Neurology
Clayton Mathews, Professor of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
Arshag D. Mooradian, Professor of Medicine – Jacksonville
Leonid L. Moroz, Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience
Laura P.W. Ranum, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
John R. Wingard, Professor of Medicine

College of Nursing

Saunjoo "Sunny" Yoon, Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Nursing Science

College of Pharmacy

Hartmut Derendorf, Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutics

College of Public Health and Health Professions

David D. Fuller, Professor of Physical Therapy

College of Veterinary Medicine

Daniel D. Lewis, Professor of Small Animal Clinical Sciences

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