Creative Research Awards are comprised of the Albert Christ-Janer Award for distinguished achievements in the Arts and Humanities, the Lamar Dodd Award for distinguished achievements in the sciences, and the William A. Owens award for distinguished achievements in the social and behavioral sciences.
Noel Fallows is Associate Dean of International and Multidisciplinary Programs and the senior Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages. Literary critic, historian, translator, and editor, Fallows is one of the foremost authorities in the world in the field of Medieval and Renaissance chivalric culture.
Jeffrey Bennetzen, Norman and Doris Giles Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, has established an outstanding national and international reputation as a leader in plant genetics and genomics. He was the first to isolate and sequence a plant transposable element, which is a kind of DNA sequence that can change positions within the genome to create or reverse mutations.
Jerome Morris, professor of social foundations of education, is one of the premier scholars of race, social class and the geography of educational opportunity. Also a research fellow with the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, his interdisciplinary program of research addresses issues related to race and education in the U.S., focusing specifically on the relationship between community, families, youth culture and schooling in the lives of African-American students.
The title of Distinguished Research Professor is awarded to faculty who are internationally recognized for their original contributions to knowledge and whose work promises to foster continued creativity in their discipline.
Lisa Donovan, professor of plant biology, has a clear record of outstanding and creative research that harnesses a unique fusion of ecology and evolution with genomics. Much of her early work focused on the evolution of water use efficiency in desert plants.
Dorothy Figueria, professor of comparative literature, is one of the most prominent scholars in the field of Indian-Western literary and cultural relations, having made major contributions to discussions of the issues surrounding cultural studies, minority studies, multiculturalism and postcolonialism.
Kelley Moremen, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, is one of the leading figures in the field of glycobiology research. Moremen has pioneered scientific techniques that tell us how these molecules function and how they might be exploited in the treatment of human disease.
Allen Moore, professor of genetics, conducts research that has had tremendous impact on the fields of quantitative genetics and evolutionary biology. He has led a highly successful and productive research program on the genetics of sociality, which analyzes various social behaviors, such as aggression, mating, altruism and parental care.
Mark A. Eiteman, professor in UGA’s College of Engineering, is the inventor of multiple technologies directed at the industrial production of important commodity and specialty chemicals using microorganisms. Each of these technologies, licensed to four multinational companies with global manufacturing and distribution capabilities, has been implemented on an industrial scale for a variety of uses.
Robert Woods, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and chemistry, and researcher in the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, is a leading expert in the fields of glycomics and computational chemistry. He has worked as consultant for numerous companies interested in carbohydrate-based therapeutics, but he is also co-founder and president of his own early-stage biotechnology company, Glycosensors & Diagnostics.
Created in 2011, these awards recognize the remarkable contributions of postdoctoral research scholars to the UGA research enterprise. The UGA Research Foundation funds up to two awards a year to current scholars.
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