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UF/IFAS Faculty Named UF Research Foundation Professors

Joe Kays (352) 392-8229

GAINESVILLE — Eight professors in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) were among 35 named by the University of Florida Research Foundation for a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields.

The eight UFRF Professors in IFAS for 2000-2003 are: Murat Balaban, department of food science and human nutrition; Dov Borovsky, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Vero Beach; Michael Burridge, College of Veterinary Medicine; Kenneth Campbell, department of agricultural and biological engineering; Donald Dickson, department of entomology and nematology; L. Curtis Hannah, department of horticultural sciences; Ramon Littell, department of statistics; Jorge Pena, Tropical Research and Education Center, Homestead.

The UFRF professors were recommended by their college deans based on nominations from their department chairs, a personal statement and an evaluation of their recent research accomplishments as evidenced by publications in scholarly journals, external funding, honors and awards, development of intellectual property and other measures appropriate to their field of expertise. The three-year award carries with it a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a $3,000 grant.

“This program recognizes faculty who have already proven themselves to be productive researchers and who have the potential to be even more productive,” said UF Vice President for Research Win Phillips. “These are the type of faculty members the UF Research Foundation was established to assist.”

The foundation supports about 90 active professorships at any given time. The professorships are funded from the university’s share of royalty and licensing income on UF-generated products.

Founded in 1986, the not-for-profit organization provides a means by which research can be conducted flexibly and efficiently and by which discoveries, inventions, processes and work products of UF faculty, staff and students can be transferred from the laboratory to the public. Funds generated by licensing such discoveries are used to enhance research at the university.