TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Members of The University of Alabama faculty will be honored for their research contributions at the upcoming Faculty Research Day.
As part of the celebration, 16 of the faculty were chosen as finalists for President’s Faculty Research Award, and six winners will be announced at a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Bryant Conference Center on the UA campus. The event was rescheduled from an earlier date.
Sponsored by the offices of the President and Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the award goes to outstanding faculty researchers from across UA’s Colleges and Schools.
The winners will be a senior and junior investigator from each of three groupings: physical and biological sciences, mathematics and engineering; social and behavioral sciences; and arts and humanities.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to recognize our diverse and talented faculty,” said Dr. Carl A. Pinkert, UA vice president for research and economic development. “With feedback from faculty and the faculty-led Research Advisory Committee, for the first time this year, award criteria were revised to highlight outstanding contributions from both junior and senior faculty members.”
The purpose of Faculty Research Day is to showcase and celebrate excellence in research and scholarship by bringing together faculty from across the campus. The event is also intended to increase awareness and generate enthusiasm for scholarship among faculty at UA as the University moves to advance its research enterprise.
In addition to remarks by UA President Stuart R. Bell and Pinkert, a keynote address will be given by Dr Kim Bissell, professor and associate dean for research in the College of Communication and Information Sciences.
A networking opportunity begins at 4 p.m., and there will be a reception after the ceremony concludes.
The 2017 Faculty Research Award Finalists are:
Physical and Biological Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering
- Dr. Gregory Starr, Biological Sciences
- Dr. Jason Bara, Chemical and Biological Engineering
- Dr. Brian Jordon, Mechanical Engineering
- Dr. Kim Genareau, Geological Sciences
- Dr. Paul Allison, Mechanical Engineering
- Dr. Andrew Lemmon, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Dr. Adam Knowlden, Health Sciences
- Dr. Jingping Sun, Educational Leadership
- Dr. Lesley Jo Weaver, Anthropology
Arts and Humanities
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.