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Researchers in the College win KU 'Leading Light' Award

Thursday, March 7, 2013

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas recognized some of its most productive researchers recently, conferring the Leading Light Award on 40 faculty and staff at the Lawrence campus. Fifteen of the recipients are in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

The 40 are principal investigators or co-principal investigators on externally funded grants of  $1 million or more awarded during the 2012 fiscal year. Recipients were recognized at a luncheon, where each received an inscribed bronze sunflower symbolic of Kansas and their leadership in research.

This is the second year of the Leading Light Award program.  It was established at KU by Jeff Vitter, provost and executive vice chancellor. “By contributing to the research enterprise at KU in a major way,” said Vitter, “these individuals and teams serve as leading lights and role models for others.”

At the ceremony, recipients of the awards had an opportunity to describe their project. Past recipients of the award also attended the luncheon.

“KU researchers in all fields are competitive with the best in the country,” said event co-host Steve Warren, vice chancellor for research and graduate studies. “Success in obtaining large grants is just one indicator of that, and this recognition is well-deserved.”

The 2013 College recipients of the KU Leading Light Award:

  • Brian Ackley, Molecular Biosciences
  • Mizuki Azuma, Molecular Biosciences
  • Cindy Berrie, Chemistry
  • Edith Clowes, Slavic Languages and Literature
  • John Colombo, Psychology, Life Span Institute
  • Dietrich Earnhart, Economics
  • Michael Johnson, Chemistry
  • John Karanicolas, Center for Bioinformatics, Molecular Biosciences
  • Craig Lunte, Chemistry
  • Danny Marfatia, Physics and Astronomy
  • Douglas McKay, Physics and Astronomy
  • John Ralston, Physics and Astronomy
  • Michael Taylor, Geology
  • Jane Wegner, Speech-Language-Hearing
  • Judy Wu, Physics and Astronomy

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