Explore Magazine Volume 5 Issue 2

 

2000 UF Research Foundation Professors

 
Muzyczka
 
Iwata
 
Borovsky
 
 

Peck

Singh

Smith

The 34 University of Florida Research Foundation Professors profiled here have been honored by their colleges for outstanding research in their discipline over a long period of time. They are the best of the best at an institution that is nationally recognized for its contributions to the physical, social, health and agricultural sciences.  It is their work and the work of hundreds more like them that garnered UF more than $315 million in research funding last year. 

 
    The research professors were selected by the foundation based on recommendations from their colleges. They demonstrated their research productivity through such measures as external funding, publications in books and scholarly journals, and development of intellectual property.
 
    The three-year award includes a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a $3,000 grant. The professorships are funded from the universityís share of royalty and licensing income on UF-generated products.
 
Murat O. Balaban, Ph.D. 
Edward R. Block, M.D. 
Dov Borovsky, Ph.D. 
Michael Burridge, Ph.D. 
Kenneth L. Campbell, Ph.D. 
Robert D. Christensen, M.D. 
Caroline Constant, M. Arch. 
Thomas F. Cotter, J.D. 
Joel S. Demski, Ph.D. 
Don W. Dickson, Ph.D. 
Ronald P. Formisano, Ph.D. 
L. Curtis Hannah, Ph.D. 
Linda Hon, Ph.D. 
Brian A. Iwata, Ph.D. 
Maureen Keller-Wood, Ph.D. 
Doug Levey, Ph.D. 
Sheng Li, Ph.D. 
 
Ramon C. Littell, Ph.D. 
Nils Ingvar Magnusson, D.D.S. 
Nicholas Muzyczka, Ph.D. 
Ammon B. Peck, Ph.D. 
Jorge E. Pena, Ph.D. 
Scott K. Powers, Ph.D. Ed.D. 
Ann Progulske-Fox, Ph.D. 
Robert B. Ray, Ph.D. 
Jonathan J. Shuster, Ph.D. 
David N. Silverman, Ph.D. 
Rajiv Singh, Ph.D. 
Nan Smith, M.F.A. 
Stephen W. Smith, Ph.D. 
David Steadman, Ph.D. 
Joyce Stechmiller, Ph.D. 
Stanley Y. Su, Ph.D. 
Charles M. Telesco, Ph.D. 
 
Murat O. Balaban, Ph.D.
Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Murat O. Balabanís research is devoted to developing better ways to process and inspect food and agricultural products. He has developed a new way of "cold pasteurizing" orange juice that preserves its flavor while assuring its safety, and he is using computer vision and electronic noses to evaluate the freshness and safety of seafood and other products.

Edward R. Block, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine

Dr. Edward R. Block studies the pathophysiology of the pulmonary vasculature with special emphasis on the lung vascular endothelium. Recently, Block has been studing regulation of nitric oxide production by lung vascular endothelial cells.

Dov Borovsky, Ph.D.
Professor of Insect Biochemistry and Microbiology, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Dov Borovsky studies the mechanisms that control egg development and digestion in mosquitoes. His work has resulted in the purification and sequencing of a unique hormone that can be used in nature to control mosquito larvae.

Michael Burridge, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathobiology 
College of Veterinary Medicine

Michael Burridge is a veterinarian and parasitologist who specializes in development of innovative methods to control ticks and tickborne diseases, particularly heartwater.

Kenneth L. Campbell, Ph.D.
Professor of Agriculture and Biological Engineering, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Kenneth Campbell is an agricultural engineer who specializes in hydrology and water quality of agricultural watersheds with a goal of optimizing agricultural productivity while maintaining environmentally sustainable agroecosystems.

Robert D. Christensen, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Chief 
College of Medicine

Dr. Robert D. Christensenís research focuses on blood diseases that occur among newborn infants.

Caroline Constant, M.Arch.
Professor of Architecture, College of Design, Construction and Planning

Caroline Constantís research focuses on relationships among architecture, landscape design and the "decorative" arts during the early 20th century.

Thomas F. Cotter, J.D.
Professor of Law, Levin College of Law

Thomas Cotterís teaching and research interests primarily focus upon domestic and international intellectual property law. Cotter employs economic analysis to study, critique and predict the effect of changes in the rules relating to intellectual property.

Joel S. Demski, Ph.D.
Professor of Accounting, Fisher School of Accounting, Warrington College of Business

Joel Demskiís work stresses the view that accounting, in its various forms and applications, is an information source with unusual qualities, such as that it is typically audited.

Don W. Dickson, Ph.D.
Professor of Nematology 
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences 

Don Dickson has specialized in an array of research projects including biological control of plant-parasitic nematodes, finding alternatives for methyl bromide and management of nematodes on agronomic crops.

Ronald P. Formisano, Ph.D.
Professor of History 
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

Ronald Formisanoís research focuses mainly on the history of populist movements in the United States from the American Revolution to the 1990s.

L. Curtis Hannah, Ph.D. 
Professor of Horticultural Sciences 
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Curt Hannah specializes in the molecular mechanisms of starch biosynthesis. Hannah is using genetic manipulation to enhance the starch content in cereal seeds.

Linda Hon, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Public Relations 
College of Journalism and Communications 

Linda Honís research focuses on gender and diversity issues in public relations, as well as public relations measurement.

Brian A. Iwata, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology 
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Brian Iwataís research focuses on disorders of learning and behavior in individuals with mental retardation and related disabilities, particularly the syndrome known as "Self-Injurious Behavior" (SIB), a chronic disorder characterized by behavior such as hitting, scratching and biting whose prevalence is approximately 15 percent among those with severe/profound mental retardation and autism.

Maureen Keller-Wood, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacodynamics 
College of Pharmacy 

Maureen Keller-Wood is interested in physiologic and endocrine adaptations to pregnancy, particularly the control of blood pressure and volume in the pregnant mother and in the maturing fetus.

Doug Levey, Ph.D.
Professor of Ecology 
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Doug Levey has made his mark in ecology by studying interactions between fruits and fruit-eating birds viewed both from the plantís and the birdís perspective.

Sheng Li, Ph.D.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
College of Engineering

Sheng Liís major research accomplishments are in the areas of quantum well infrared photodetectors and low-cost manufacturing technology for thin-film solar cells. Liís team is creating super-thin solar cells that make their use to generate solar power more economically feasible.

Ramon C. Littell, Ph.D.
Professor of Statistics 
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences 

Ramon Littell specializes in statistical applications in agriculture and natural resources. His major collaborations in recent years include environmental impact studies of phosphogypsum application and bioavailability of nutrients.

Nils Ingvar Magnusson, D.D.S.
Professor of Oral Biology 
College of Dentistry

Nils Ingvar Magnusson is associate director for clinical studies at the UF Periodontal Disease Research Center, whose major objectives are to develop new ways of diagnosing, treating and preventing periodontal diseases. He is an internationally-recognized expert in periodontology and has been working with a number of major companies to test and develop new oral care products.

Nicholas Muzyczka, Ph.D.
Eminent Scholar of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, College of Medicine

Nicholas Muzyczka studies the molecular biology of adeno-associated virus (AAV) as a gene therapy vehicle for delivering good copies of genes to individuals suffering from hereditary disease, such as cystic fibrosis.

Ammon B. Peck, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology, College of Medicine

Ammon Peckís recent diabetes research has demonstrated that a complete functional organ can be grown in vitro from a single-stem cell and that such artificially grown tissues can totally reverse insulin-dependent diabetes. Peck also researches the role of a beneficial bacteria called Oxalobacter formigenes in the development of kidney stones.

Jorge E. Pena, Ph.D.
Professor of Entomology 
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Jorge Pena is an entomologist who specializes in the biology and ecology of insects and mites associated with tropical fruit crops as well as tropical vegetables and ornamentals.

Scott K. Powers, Ph.D. Ed.D. 
Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences; Director, Center for Exercise Science 
College of Health and Human Performance 

Scott K. Powers specializes in the effects of muscular exercise on both cardiac and skeletal muscle.

Ann Progulske-Fox, Ph.D.
Professor of Oral Biology, College of Dentistry 

Ann Progulske-Fox is a molecular microbiologist whose work has focused primarily on the mechanisms of bacteria that cause human periodontal disease.

Robert B. Ray, Ph.D.
Professor of English 
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Robert Ray is a leader in the field of film studies. He has written numerous highly regarded books on film studies, including A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1980 and The Avant-Garde Meets Andy Hardy.

Jonathan J. Shuster, Ph.D.
Professor of Statistics 
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Jonathan Shuster is renowned as a scholar in statistical methods for clinical trials and especially for the application of these methods to childhood cancer research.

David N. Silverman, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology 
College of Medicine 

David Silverman is widely known for his pioneering and creative studies of rapid proton transfer in carbonic anhydrase. He is applying principles learned to the catalytic mechanism of superoxide dismutase.

Rajiv Singh, Ph.D.
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering 
College of Engineering

Rajiv Singh has made pioneering contributions in the fundamentals and technical applications of laser-solid interactions in materials ranging from microelectronics to pharmaceutics.

Nan Smith, M.F.A.
Professor of Art, College of Fine Arts

Nan Smith's art employs traditional and progressive casting and mold-making techniques for ceramics, often at large scale, and airbrush painting on ceramic sculpture. Smith's installations incorporate life-sized, hyper-real ceramic figures set within tableaux formed by beautifully crafted metal and wooden constructions.

Stephen W. Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Special Education 
College of Education

Stephen Smith's research focuses on special-education teacher issues such as attrition and the efficacy of behavioral interventions for students with significant behavioral and emotional problems.

David Steadman, Ph.D.
Associate Curator of Ornithology 
Florida Museum of Natural History

David Steadmanís research on the biogeography of birds in Oceana and the West Indies has revolutionized thinking concerning the endemic bird life on islands and the role of humans in their extinction and extirpation.

Joyce Stechmiller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair 
Department of Adult and Elderly Nursing College of Nursing

Joyce Stechmillerís work on the effects of enteral feeling on gut mucosal integrity, infection rates, cortisol secretion and cytokine release has direct consequences for critically ill patients.

Stanley Y. Su, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, College of Engineering

Stanley Suís research focuses on an Internet-based scalable information infrastructure, which integrates Web services with business events, rules and process managements, and automated negotiation services for supporting e-commerce.

Charles M. Telesco, Ph.D. 
Professor of Astronomy 
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

Charles Telescoís research activities have focused on forging a world-class laboratory at UF for the development of cutting-edge astronomical infrared cameras and spectrometers and using that instrumentation at the worldís leading astronomical observatories to understand the formation and evolution of stars and planets.