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FAU Announces Researchers and Scholars of the Year

            BOCA RATON, FL (April 15, 2010) –
Florida Atlantic University’s Division of Research announced the 2010 “Researchers and Scholars of the Year” at the Honors Convocation on April 14. Each year, FAU’s University Research Committee (URC) selects faculty to be recognized by the university for outstanding research, scholarly and creative contributions. Awards are presented at the academic ranks of professor, associate professor and assistant professor in two categories: sponsored and project-oriented research; and creative and scholarly activities research. This year, the URC selected six nominees to receive these awards.

Scholar of the Year – Professor

Mark H. Rose, Ph.D., Professor, Department of History, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Inspired by his experiences being born and raised in Chicago in the 1940s and 50s, Mark Rose studies and teaches the social and policy bases of American life in the 20th Century. He is the author of more than 30 articles in such journals as the Journal of Urban History, Technology and Culture and the Journal of Policy History . Rose is also the author of several books including Interstate: Express Highway Politics , Cities of Light and Heat, and The Best Transportation System in the World.  He is currently working on two books—the first of which focuses on the politics of economic change in Chicago, St. Louis and Philadelphia since 1945, and the second which focuses on the politics of American finance since 1970. Rose’s research has been supported by agencies including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Researcher of the Year – Associate Professor

Robert W. Stackman, Jr., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

Through his cutting-edge research, Robert Stackman is investigating brain mechanisms that support memory. He is providing insights into the brain systems that are compromised in human diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases due to aging. Stackman has identified a role for a specific class of potassium ion channels, called SK channels, found in the brain region called the hippocampus. He discovered that blocking SK channels with a specific peptide found in bee venom facilitates learning or the encoding of new explicit memories in rodents. This past June, Stackman received a five-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to further investigate his research in this area. Data from his research suggest that SK channels may be a target for the development of drug treatments to combat age-related memory loss. A second line of research he is conducting, also in rodents, seeks to define the brain mechanisms responsible for the cognitive impairing effects of alcohol. Stackman’s research on alcohol was funded by a two-year grant from the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse.

Scholar of the Year – Associate Professor

Diane Green, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Social Work, College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs

Diane Green
’s research has focused on the stress and coping processes for victims of violent and nonviolent crime, the effectiveness of mental health interventions, and grief and loss issues. Her scholarship provides a useful toolkit that is well grounded in theory and empirical research, and tempered with substantial practical experience. Through her research, Green is committed to providing colleagues in her field with information and knowledge that will enhance their capacity to serve victims. During the past five years, she has published 27 articles, eight book chapters and a book, and has presented her work at ten conferences. Green’s work extends beyond the classroom and textbooks, and provides an application of everyday knowledge in everyday work with victims of crime for students and victim service providers. Among her many accolades includes being honored twice by her college during the past five years as the “Outstanding Educator MacAward.” 

Researcher of the Year – Assistant Professor

Stephen M. Kajiura, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

Featured on internationally renowned programs including the Discovery Channel and BBC television, and in National Geographic, Stephen Kajiura has elevated FAU’s visibility and reputation as a leading center for the study of shark biology and behavior. His research focuses on the sensory systems of sharks, specifically electroreception, vision and smell. During his six-year tenure at FAU, Kajiura has been awarded 12 grants totaling more than $926,000, including a $190,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. In addition to being a lead author in several peer-reviewed publications, Kajiura works closely with his students to ensure publication of their research in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals. These efforts have resulted in nine additional co-authored publications, including one that is currently in press and another in review. Kajiura and his students present their research at scientific conferences at least two times a year to further elevate FAU’s visibility in the scientific community. In fact, his reputation precedes him. In 2009 alone, nearly 60 students from around the world requested admission to his lab as a graduate student or post-doctoral researcher.

Scholar of the Year – Assistant Professor

Raphael Dalleo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, English Department, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Raphael Dalleo teaches U.S. Latino/Latina, Caribbean and postcolonial literatures and cultural studies. Since 2005, he has published a co-authored book along with eight journal articles and book chapters. Dalleo also received a highly competitive $30,000 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to complete a manuscript on Caribbean literary history, which is now under review at the University of Virginia Press. His book, titled “The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature,” is his most significant publication, and has received excellent reviews from top scholars in the journals MELUS, Anthurium, Latino(a) Research Review and Latino Studies. His book traces the shift from a Civil Rights to a post-sixties Latino/a literature and the critical reception of these writers. Dalleo’s research is connected by his interest in how writers have imagined literature’s role in society. He currently serves on the international advisory board of the journal Latino Studies. Dalleo’s essays have appeared in journals such as Small Axe, Postcolonial Studies, South Asian Review, and Diaspora.

Researcher of the Year – Assistant Professor

Francisco J. Presuel-Moreno, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Since joining FAU in the summer of 2006, Francisco Presuel-Moreno has been actively establishing a research program on marine materials, corrosion science and engineering. His efforts have resulted in supporting six graduate students and producing seven journal publications. Most recently, Presuel-Moreno received the “Best Paper Award” from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers among papers published in Corrosion. This award is given in recognition of the most outstanding manuscript published in Corrosion for the preceding calendar year. In addition, he has presented 10 peer reviewed conference papers and given five non-peer reviewed conference presentations. Presuel-Moreno is also supporting FAU’s Center for Ocean Energy Technology. His expertise and research is providing critical information needed for materials selection as it pertains to corrosion issues.  Among his research interests include materials selection, experimental and numerical modeling of corrosion processes, durability of infrastructure and cathodic protection.

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