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Past Elkins Professorship Awardees

FY 16

Award to Coppin State University to support the work of Dr. Hany F. Sobhi, Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, as he continues to make significant contributions to his field by developing new biomarkers for the diagnoses of specific inherited metabolic diseases and thoroughly engaging undergraduate students in related applied research projects. ($80,000)

Award to Bowie State University to support the work of Dr. George Ude, Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences, as he continues and enhances his dedication to STEM teaching, research, and service and for his significant incorporation of students in those experiences. The knowledge and skills gained from his work has the potential to have a long-standing impact on the university and the USM. ($13,401)

Award to the University of Baltimore to support the work of Dr. Jaya Singhal, Baker Professor of Business Analytics in the Merrick School of Business, who will extend beyond her academic discipline of business analytics to trade-and-innovation dynamics, investigating the impact of innovation on changing levels of trade benefits and to pursue innovations in curricula and pedagogy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. ($38,000)

Award to the University of Maryland, College Park to support the recruitment of Dr. Oscar A. Barbarin, a celebrated authority in multiple social sciences, to be the new Chair of African American Studies. He has contributed to the social sciences over the course of 41 years and shows great promise for continuing the tradition of excellence at the University of Maryland and across the USM. ($40,000)

FY 15

Award to Salisbury University to support the appointment of Dr. Ryan Taylor, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, as he continues his mentorship of students, bolsters his extensive research on animal communication and evolutionary biology, and enhances the degree to which he shares his expertise with diverse stakeholders within and beyond the USM. ($50,000)

Award to Towson University to support the appointment of Dr. Rajeswari M. Kolagani of the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, as she continues engaging graduate and undergraduate students in her laboratory, strengthens and establishes Professional Science Masters programs at Towson, and explores academic collaborations across the USM. ($79,760)

Final installment of an award to the University of Baltimore to support Citizenship and Freedom: the Civil Rights Era, a course taught by Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize winning author. The course provides a high-quality learning experience across a range of universities and a unique opportunity to explore models of course delivery. (Total award amount $40,000)

Final installment of an award to the University of Maryland, College Park to support the work of Dr. James Duncan, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as he conducts state-of-the-art research in the Hydrodynamics Laboratory and engages graduate, undergraduate, and high school students in this important work. (Total award amount $80,000)

FY 14

Award to Coppin State University to support the appointment of Dr. Jamal Uddin, associate professor in the Department of Natural Science, as he continues his work with undergraduate and graduate students and Coppin's Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Center. ($40,000)

Award to Salisbury University to support the joint appointment of Dr. Michael Lewis, Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies, and Dr. Jill Caviglia-Harris, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, as they continue their transformative work to expand environmental science-related educational and outreach opportunities that benefit the Salisbury community and beyond. ($80,000)

Award to the University of Baltimore to support the creation of the course entitled Citizenship and Freedom: the Civil Rights Era, which will be taught by Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize winning author. The course will provide a high-quality learning experience for a diverse set of students across a range of universities and a unique opportunity to explore possibilities for models of course delivery. ($40,000)

Award to the University of Maryland, Baltimore to support the work of Dr. C. Daniel Mullins of the School of Pharmacy, as he explores patient-centered outcomes research and minority health issues. ($40,000)

Award to the University of Maryland, College Park to support the work of Dr. James Duncan, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as he conducts state-of-the-art research in the Hydrodynamics Laboratory and engages graduate, undergraduate, and high school students in this important work. ($40,000)

FY 13

Award to Coppin State University to support the work of Dr. Jamal Uddin, associate professor in the Department of Natural Sciences and founder and director of the Coppin Nanotechnology Center, with the CSU Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center. ($65,000)

Award to Salisbury University to support the joint appointment of Dr. Michael Lewis, Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Environmental Studies Program, and Dr. Jill Caviglia-Harris, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, to launch three initiatives that merge innovative faculty research with effective and meaningful community outreach. ($80,000)

Award to the University of Baltimore to support, for a third and final year, the work of Professor Michael I. Meyerson, particularly with regard to supporting law students who work with the Baltimore Scholars program. ($50,000)

FY 12

Award to the University of Baltimore to support, for a second year, the work of Professor Michael I. Meyerson, particularly with regard to supporting law students who work with the Baltimore Scholars program. ($50,000)

Award to the University of Maryland, College Park to support for a second year the work of Dr. Raman Sundrum of the Department of Physics, to support students involved in particle physics research and to deliver plenary talks. ($80,000)

FY 11

Award to Towson University to support for a second year the work of Dr. Steven Lev of the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences, notably his work both graduate and undergraduate students his leveraging of the FY10 award through development, in connection with his Elkins-supported travel, of funding proposals for additional student support. ($54,518)

Award to the University of Baltimore to support the work of Professor Michael I. Meyerson of the School of Law, in particular his work with minority students. ($80,0000

Award to the University of Maryland, College Park to assist in the recruitment to the Department of Physics of Dr. Raman Sundrum of The Johns Hopkins University. ($80,000)

FY10

Award to Towson University to support the work of Professor John Morgan of the Department of Geography and his proposal to develop a Google Maps-based emergency mapping system for the State of Maryland. ($80,000)

Award to Towson University to support the work of Dr. Steven Lev of the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences. ($52,000)

Award to Salisbury University to support the work of Associate Professor of Finance Danny Ervin with the Shore ENERGY program. ($67,500)

Award to Salisbury University to support the work of Associate Professor Michael Scott of the Department of Geography and Geosciences. ($80,000)

FY 09

Award to Salisbury University for a second year of support for Brian Polkinghorn, associate professor and executive director of the Center for Conflict Resolution at Salisbury University (SU), to expand the activities of the university's conflict analysis and dispute resolution program to include a scholar-in-residence, visiting lecturers, and study abroad opportunities for students. ($80,000)

Award to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) to support David Yager, distinguished professor of visual arts, and his new project, the Innovation and Design Lab, devoted "to creating and publishing new knowledge in the health and wellness industries through a holistic approach to innovation and design research that generates products, tools, services, and solutions to improve health outcomes." ($80,000)

Award to the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute's Medical Biotechnology Center to support Ilia Baskakov, associate professor, for research into the generation of electricity through photosynthetic microbial fuel cells. ($80,000)

FY08

Award to Frostburg State University for a third and final year of support for Dr. Thomas Serfass, associate professor of biology, to continue the river otter reintroduction project in Kenya and Tanzania. ($80,000)

Award to Salisbury University to support the proposal by Professor Brian Polkinghorn, director of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, to create a Conflict Scholar in Residence Program. ($80,000)

Award to Towson University to provide a second year of support for Professor David Schaefer of the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, to work with the incoming founding director of TU's Hackerman Academic for Math and Sciences in the area of STEM outreach. ($28,000)

Award to UMBC to support the work of Dr. Manil Suri of the Department of Mathematics to foster interest and learning in mathematics among K-12 students and the general public. ($34,000)

FY07

Award to Frostburg State University to support Dr. Thomas Serfass, associate professor of biology, to continue the river otter reintroduction project in Kenya and Tanzania and to extend his research to include the first comprehensive study of the species in North Dakota. ($75,000)

Award to Towson University for Dr. David Schaefer, professor in the Departmenet of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences, to enhance TU’s nanotechnology laboratory and support undergraduate research students in the lab. ($28,000)

Award to the University of Baltimore to support Professor F. Michael Higginbotham of the Law School in the development of an Institute on Race Relations at UB. ($70,000)

Award to the University of Baltimore for Dr. Alan Randolph, professor of management in the Merrick School of Business, to continue his exemplary work in international business through travel for himself and with student groups, graduate assistant support, and other research and educational activities. ($70,000)

FY06

Award to the University of Maryland, College Park for Dr. Patricia Hill Collins, professor of sociology, UMCP, to support public lectures and to share with other USM institutions her work on intersectionality of race, gender, class, and sexuality. ($40,000)

Award to Towson University to support Dr. Martha Joynt Kumar, professor of political science, in development of her interactive course on White House communications for delivery throughout the USM, and to support publication of books on her field of expertise. ($40,000)

Award to Frostburg State University to support Dr. Thomas Serfass, associate professor of biology, to initiate a river otter reintroduction project in Kenya and Tanzania. ($80,000)

Award to Salisbury University to continue support of the work of Professors Harry Basehart and Francis Kane, co-directors, Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, SU and the expansion of the Presidential Citizen Scholars program. ($80,000)

FY05

Award to the University of Baltimore to recognize and support the scholarly work of Professor F. Michael Higginbotham. ($80,000)

Award to the University of Maryland, Baltimore to support the work of Dr. Carol O. Tacket in the development of a data management system at the Center for Vaccine Development in the School of Medicine. ($80,000)

Award to Salisbury University to support the work of Professors Harry Basehart and Francis Kane, co-directors of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. ($80,000)

FY04

Award to Frostburg State University to support the second year of activities of Professor Barbara Hurd, poet and essayist, to complete the research for, design of, and some essays for her creative non-fiction book inspired by debris washed up daily on the shore. ($75,161)

Award to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to support the activities of Dr. Anthony M. Johnson, physicist and engineer, in starting a Center for Advanced Studies in Photonics Research. ($80,000)

Award to Towson University for Dr. Martha Kumar, professor of political science to support the development and delivery of a course about communications in the White House that will make conversations with guest speakers available throughout the USM via interactive video. ($68,700)

FY03

Award to Frostburg State University to support completion of the research, writing, and revision of a collection of creative nonfiction essays about caves by Dr. Barbara Hurd, Professor of English and to allow her to complete a proposal for a new book of essays. ($80,000)

Award to UMBC to support the activities of Dr. Sirgei Nirenburg, an eminent scholar in computer science and linguistics who joins the faculty in AY 2002-2003 as its first expert in computer-aided language translation. ($80,000)

Award to UMCP to continue support for the civic-education activities of Dr. Benjamin Barber, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Government and Politics and the School of Public Affairs. ($80,000)

FY02

Award to UMBC to support the activities of Dr. Lasse Lindahl, Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, who is leading the development of a bioinformatics undergraduate major program. ($80,000)

Award to UMBI to support the efforts of Dr. John H. Collins, Professor in the Medical Biotechnology Center, who is participating in the development of an interinstitutional bioinformatics and computational biological initiative. ($80,000)

Award to UMCP to support the civic-education activities of Dr. Benjamin Barber, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Government and Politics and the School of Public Affairs. ($80,000)

FY01

Award to UMBC to support the appointment of Dr. Arlin J. Krueger as a visiting professor in the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology and the Department of Physics. ($80,000)

Award to BSU for continuation of support for Dr. Walter J. Leonard as a visiting professor in the Department of History and Government. ($80,000).

FY00

Award to UMBC to support the appointment as a visiting professor in the Policy Sciences Graduate Program of Professor Royce Hanson. ($80,000)