Achievers: UF Research Foundation honors 33 for distinguished work


Published: Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 5:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 5:53 p.m.

The University of Florida Research Foundation has named 33 faculty members as UFRF Professors for 2014-2017.

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 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.

Warrington College of Business Administration: Joseph Alba, distinguished professor of marketing.

College of Dentistry, Ozlem Yilmaz, associate professor of periodontology.

College of Design, Construction and Planning: Charlie Hailey, associate professor of architecture

College of Education: David J. Therriault, associate professor of education.

College of Engineering: Z. Hugh Fan, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Mark E. Orazem, professor of chemical engineering; and Jose C. Principe, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering

College of Fine Arts: Anna Calluori Holcombe, professor of ceramics.

Florida Museum of Natural History: Nico Cellinese, associate curator of natural history.

College of Health and Human Performance: Thomas L. Clanton, professor of applied physiology and kinesiology.

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences: Matthew J. Cohen, associate professor of forest water resources and watershed systems; Valerie de Crecy-Lagard, associate professor of microbiology and cell sciences;

Jeffrey B. Jones, professor of plant pathology; G. Cliff Lamb, professor of reproductive physiology; Yuncong Li, professor of soil and water science; Lukasz L. Stelinski, associate professor of entomology and nematology.

College of Journalism and Communications: Amy Jo Coffey, associate professor of telecommunication.

Levin College of Law: Christine A. Klein, professor of law

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Clarence C. Gravlee, associate professor of anthropology. Andrey Korytov, Professor of Physics; Michelle Cailin Mack, professor of biology; Joseph G. Meert, professor of geological sciences; Victoria Emma Pagan, professor of classics.

College of Medicine: Chen Liu, professor of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine; Lauren M. McIntyre, professor of molecular genetics and microbiology; Lyle L. Moldawer; professor of surgery; Rolf Renne, professor of molecular genetics and microbiology; Mark S. Segal, associate professor of internal medicine; Andrew M. Kaunitz, professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

College of Nursing, Jeanne-Marie R. Stacciarini; associate professor of nursing.

College of Pharmacy, Charles A. Peloquin, professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research.

College of Public Health and Health Professions, Catherine Price; associate professor of clinical and health psychology.

College of Veterinary Medicine, Rosanna Marsella, professor of small animal clinical sciences.

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David Jones, the son of Debra and Jeffrey Jones, of Gainesville, received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.

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Sunrise Rotary, of Gainesville, awarded $1,000 Merit Scholarships to Newberry High School seniors who are also active members of the school’s Interact Club, which is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18.

The recipients are: Courtney Evans, who will attend the University of Florida and major in international studies; Christy Evans, who will enroll in the University of Florida to major in molecular and cellular biology; and Jessica Irving, who has not yet selected a university from among four where she has been accepted, plans to major in Spanish.

The award recognizes excellence in academics, community service and extracurricular activities.

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Dr. Carol Lehtola, a Gainesville resident and former UF professor, is the recipient of the 2014 Bethany Lutheran College Distinguished Alumna Award. Bethany Lutheran College is located in Mankato, Minnesota.

Lehtola is a pioneer in agriculture safety. She has written dozens of articles for professional publication and has received numerous awards including recognition as the undergraduate teacher of the year at the University of Florida Agriculture and Life Sciences School. Lehtola was recognized by The Extraordinary Women Engineers Project Coalition, and in 2006 was featured in Changing Our World: True Stories of Women Engineers, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Dr. Indra K. Reddy, professor and founding dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, has been named Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. The award recognizes an individual whose life-time contributions have been truly extraordinary with lasting benefits to the profession.

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Gainesville resident Amaleah Mirti, a graduate of Eastside High School, is one of 23 students to earn a Prestigious World Food Prize International Internship, and will be traveling to China this summer to work at China Agricultural University in Beijing.

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