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Nine active, retired or deceased University faculty members have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors an American scientist can attain. Those elected to the Academy are Dr. Norman Allinger, retired professor emeritus of chemistry; Dr. Wyatt Anderson, professor of genetics; Dr. Brent Berlin, Graham Perdue Professor of anthropology; Dr. Jeffrey Bennetzen, Giles/GRA Professor of molecular genetics; the late Dr. Glenn Burton, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor Emeritus of agronomy; the late Dr. Norman Giles, Callaway Professor Emeritus of genetics; the late Dr. Lois Miller, Research Professor of entomology and genetics; and the late Dr. Eugene Odum, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor Emeritus of zoology and Callaway Professor Emeritus of ecology.
Ten active, retired or deceased faculty members have been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, one of the nation’s most distinguished learned societies. Those elected to the Association are Dr. Wyatt Anderson, professor of genetics; Dr. Brent Berlin, Graham Perdue Professor of anthropology; the late Dr. Norman Giles, Callaway Professor Emeritus of genetics; Dr. Stephen Hubbell, Distinguished Research Professor of plant biology; the late Dr. Hugh Kenner, Callaway Professor Emeritus of English and Franklin Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. William McFeely, retired Abraham Baldwin Professor of humanities; the late Dr. Eugene Odum, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor Emeritus of zoology and Callaway Professor Emeritus of ecology; Dr. Henry Schaefer III, Graham Perdue Professor of chemistry; Paul Schleyer, Graham Perdue Professor of chemistry; and Susan Wessler, Research Professor of botany and genetics.
Two faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest distinctions in the field of engineering. They are Dr. S. Edward Law, the D. W. Brooks Professor of biological and agricultural engineering, and Dr. Stuart O. Nelson, adjunct professor of biological and agricultural engineering.
Dr. Norman Allinger, professor emeritus of chemistry, received the 2002 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry. Presented for more than 150 years by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, the Franklin Medal recognizes people who have transformed entire fields of knowledge through scientific discoveries and technological innovations. Allinger is one of the world’s leading experts on molecular mechanics, which allows calculation of molecular shape and molecular energetics.
The late Dr. Eugene Odum, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor Emeritus of zoology and Callaway Professor Emeritus of ecology, received the 1987 Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The academy, which presents the Nobel Prize, gives the Crafoord Prize in fields for which the Nobel is not given.
The late Dr. Glenn W. Burton, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor Emeritus of agronomy, received the 1983 National Medal of Science. The medal, which is presented by the president of the United States, has been given to only a limited number of scientists and engineers since it was initiated in 1962.
Michael Doyle, professor of food science and director of the Center for Food Safety, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, the medical equivalent of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering.
Franklin West, an assistant professor of animal and dairy science in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been named an “Emerging Scholar” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
Three UGA professors are among the best undergraduate teachers in the nation, according to the Princeton Review. John Knox, an associate professor of geography; Audrey Haynes, an associate professor of political science; and Charles Kutal, a chemistry professor and associate dean of the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, are listed among the PR’s “The Best 300 Professors.”
Sixteen internationally known authorities have joined UGA’s faculty as eminent scholars under the Georgia Research Alliance. The GRA — a consortium of state government, private industry and six Georgia universities — provides funding for leading scientists and scholars whose research and development work will benefit the state’s economy. UGA’s eminent scholars are:
  • Bruce Beck, an expert on environmental systems and water quality
  • Jeffrey Bennetzen, a molecular geneticist who specializes in plant genome structure and plant breeding and genetic engineering
  • Stephen Dalton, a researcher in molecular biosciences who specializes in work with embyronic stem cells
  • Roberto Docampo, a cellular biology expert whose research focuses on metabolic pathways in parasites that cause deadly diseases such as malaria and African sleeping sickness
  • Harry Gilbert, a leader in research on the biochemistry of plant cell walls whose work focuses on cellulosic biomass, a key to the masss production of biofuels
  • Michael Hannafin, an authority in the use of technology for teaching and learning
  • Steven Knapp, a plant geneticist who specializes in research on plants with high economic and commercial benefits
  • Robert Maier, a specialist in the field of microbial physiology
  • Egbert Mundt, a leading researcher in poultry vaccines whose work was critical to development of a new diagnostic test for avian influenza.
  • Vasu Nair, an expert on the chemistry and chemical biology of molecules that help fight diseases caused by viruses, who is also director of the Drug Discovery Division in the College of Pharmacy
  • James Prestegard, an authority on the use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study the structure and dynamics of biological systems
  • Steven Stice, a leader in the field of transgenics—the science of manipulating or altering genes that allows for cloning and other genetic engineering techniques
  • Ralph Tripp, a specialist in vaccine development and treatment approaches for respiratory virus infections
  • Chung-Jui Tsai, a forestry scientist with expertise in creating high-energy-yielding trees that can be transformed into biofuels
  • B.C. Wang, a leading researcher in the field of x-ray crystallography
  • Ying Xu, an authority in computational biology and bioinformatics with special expertise in protein structure prediction and modeling
Several distinguished faculty members have joined the University in recent years:
  • Andrew Paterson, a leading authority in plant genomics — the science of determining the location of every gene on the chromosome of a plant — brought a team of scientists and millions of dollars worth of equipment to create the Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory.
  • Dr. James Nagel, an authority on American fiction who is especially known for his studies of Ernest Hemingway, joined the faculty as the first John O. Eidson Professor of English. He previously was University Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University.
  • Nigel Adams, an internationally known chemist who was senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham in England, joined the chemistry department as a professor.
  • Baritone Frederick Burchinal, who has sung leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera and has performed in opera houses around the world, joined the Hodgson School of Music as the first person to hold the Wyatt and Margaret Anderson Professorship in the arts.
  • The National Academy of Inventors named Michael Doyle, University of Georgia Regent's Professor of Food Microbiology and director of UGA's Center for Food Safety, to the 2013 class of NAI Fellows. Doyle joins 143 innovators to receive NAI Fellow status, representing 94 prestigious research universities, governmental and non-profit research institutions.
  • James I. Richardson, instructor and undergraduate coordinator in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, recently received the International Sea Turtle Society's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation in New Orleans.
  • Gary E. Douberly, an associate professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of chemistry, was among a group of more than 100 leading researchers nationwide who were honored recently at the White House as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, or PECASE, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professors in the early stages of their research careers.
  • Gregory H. Robinson, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the University of Georgia's 2014 recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.