Ceremony Spotlights Outstanding Faculty Members

Honorees include professors recognized by the most prestigious national and international academic and professional organizations.

 

By Kevin Burke

Special to USF News

 

TAMPA, Fla. (April 12, 2013) — Twenty University of South Florida faculty members will be honored on Monday, April 15, with a dinner and formal awards ceremony in Lifsey House on the USF campus in acknowledgment of their recent professional recognitions by a number of the world’s top scholarly and research organizations.

 

Included in their number are 15 professors elected as 2012 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Professor of Mechanical Engineering Autar Kaw, named by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education as a 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year.

 

Also being congratulated at the event are four faculty members named by the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education as 2012 Fulbright U.S. Scholars.

 

All of the evening’s honorees “have contributed greatly to their fields of study through their research and teaching, as well as played a leading role in the University of South Florida building its national and international reputation,” said President Judy Genshaft. “Our strength as a university is vested in those committed to the pursuit of excellence, in those who achieve at the highest levels, and in those who inspire others to reach their full potential.”

 

Introduced by Senior Vice Provost Dwayne Smith, each professor will receive a cherry wood and bronze plaque from Genshaft and Provost Ralph Wilcox indicating their status as an outstanding faculty member. They include:

 

·         Dr. Susan Bell, professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, for her election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. Paula Bickford, professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair, Morsani College of Medicine, for her election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. Cesario Borlongan, professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair, Morsani College of Medicine, for his election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. Robert Deschenes, professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine, for his election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. James Garey, professor and chair in the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, for his election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. Lawrence Hall, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, for his election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. Karen Liller, professor in the Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health, and dean of the Graduate School, for her election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. Lorena Madrigal, professor in the Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, for her election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. Earl McCoy, professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, for his election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. George Nolas, professor in the Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences, for his election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. Richard Pollenz, professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, and director of the Office for Undergraduate Research, for his election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. Nagarajan Ranganathan, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, for his election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. John Skvoretz, professor in the Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, for his election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. Peter Stiling, professor and chair in the Department of Integrative Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, for his election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. Lynn Wecker, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Therapeutics, Morsani College of Medicine, for her election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

·         Dr. Pratyusha Basu, associate professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning, College of Arts and Sciences, for her designation as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar

·         Dr. Eva Kimonis, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Morsani College of Medicine, Mental Health Law and Policy, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, for her designation as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar

·         Dr. Kersti Linask, professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Morsani College of Medicine, for her designation as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar

·         Dr. Yiliang Zhu, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health, for his designation as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar

·         Dr. Autar Kaw, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, for his selection as 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year

In addition, Dr. Yogi Goswami, Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, and Dr. James Stock, Department of Marketing, College of Business, will be recognized for their ascension to the rank of Distinguished University Professor, the highest faculty distinction at USF, reserved for senior faculty members who have distinguished themselves among their peers both within and outside the university.

Goswami and Stock bring to 66 the number of active and retired faculty members named as Distinguished University Professors since 1981.

Kevin Burke can be reached at 813-974-0192.