Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award
Call For Nominations
Since 2001 the Chancellor's Council has presented the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award to recognize outstanding research, scholarship, and creative activity of faculty members in the developmental stages of their careers. This announcement is a request for nominations for this prestigious award. The recipient will be recognized at the Chancellor's Council annual celebration in December.
Chancellor Hance is very interested in recognizing research, scholarship and creative activity across the disciplines. Four awards in the amount of $5,000 each will be given, two for the (i) science, engineering, technology, and math disciplines and two for the (ii) social science, humanities, and creative arts disciplines. Eligibility and criteria for the award are outlined in OP 32.21 (revised 9/23/11).
Each dean is allowed to nominate one individual for the award. That nominee must be assigned to either of the two categories. The College of Arts and Sciences is allowed to nominate two individuals, one in each category.
Each dean is also asked to provide Linda True (email@example.com) the names of two of the college's most distinguished professors who are willing to serve as members of the selection committee. Those professors, along with the associate deans for research and former recipients of the award, will comprise a pool from which a selection committee will be appointed by Dr. Taylor Eighmy.
The deadline for nominations and their dossiers for the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award to reach the Vice President for Research is Friday, October 12, at 4:00 p.m. The dossiers must be prepared according to OP 32.21. Those dossiers that do not conform to the OP will not be considered.
We look forward to recognizing distinguished faculty members and their accomplishments as we celebrate excellence in scholarship here at Texas Tech University.
The 2011-2012 Distinguished Research Award Recipients:
- Christie Blizard, M.F.A.
Blizard is an assistant professor of painting in the School of Art at Texas Tech. From the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh to the SIM Artist Residency in Iceland, Blizard has been featured with several renowned art figures in more than 50 national and international art exhibitions.
- Stacy L. Carter, Ph.D.
Carter is an associate professor in the College of Education at Texas Tech. With more than 10 years experience in developmental and psychiatric centers, Carter is a leading researcher in behavioral studies of individuals with developmental disabilities and autism, and has published the first and only clinical research book that comprehensively presents the concept of social validity.
- Dimitri Pappas, Ph.D.
Pappas is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Texas Tech. Previously serving as a senior scientist at Johnson Space Center, Pappas has earned national and international recognition for his work using new chemical methods to study and detect illnesses such as heart disease and cancer, and has been noted as one of the top bioanalytical chemists in the nation.
- Brandon Weeks, Ph.D.
Weeks is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech. A recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award and a former staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore in the weapons materials group, Weeks is a world-renowned expert in energetic materials and conducts research focused on crystal growth and nanoscale patterning of high explosives.
- C. Patrick Reynolds, M.D., Ph.D.
Reynolds is a professor in the Departments of Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine and director of the Cancer Center at TTUHSC. One of the nation’s leaders in cancer research, Reynolds focuses on developing and testing treatments to fight adult and pediatric cancers in the laboratory and in clinical trials. He pioneered the development of a drug that is now used worldwide to cure certain childhood cancers and is actively developing other novel forms of cancer chemotherapy.
- Leslie Shen, Ph.D.
Shen is an associate professor in the Department of Pathology and researcher at the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at TTUHSC. With more than 15 years experience in bone pathology investigating diseases such as osteoporosis, Shen’s research on bone health in women was selected as a feature project by the National Institutes of Health and is now highlighted on more than seven million websites worldwide.
- Quentin Smith, Ph.D.
Smith is a University Distinguished Professor and Grover E. Murray Professor, as well as the senior associate dean for sciences at TTUHSC in Amarillo. After transferring from the National Institutes of Health, Smith joined TTUHSC in 1997 to help build the School of Pharmacy and is conducting groundbreaking research in drug development and delivery to the central nervous system for the treatment of brain tumors, stroke and neurodegenerative disease.
- Robert C. Dowler, Ph.D.
Dowler is the Mr. and Mrs. Victor P. Tippett Professor of Biology and curator of mammals in the Department of Biology at Angelo State. During his 22-year career at Angelo State, Dowler has conducted research in ecology and systematics of mammals throughout much of the U.S. and Mexico, as well as in Guyana, Indonesia, Australia and the Galapagos Islands, and has published more than 50 research papers.