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Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Award nominees

March 24th, 2005

The following are nominated for the President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity. Awards are given in the categories of social sciences, basic and applied sciences and career achievement.

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Les Abramson

Les Abramson
Brandeis School of Law
32 Years at U of L

The primary focus of Les Abramson’s scholarly work is in the area of judicial ethics. Over the past 20 years, he has become one of the three leading scholars in judicial ethics in the United States and is considered to be one of America’s “go to” sources when judges, lawyers or even journalists have questions about ethical principles and constraints of judicial conduct. As one testament to his influence, one of his books was cited in a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court as authoritative in both the majority and dissenting opinions.

Abramson also is considered to be one of Kentucky’s paramount authorities on civil and criminal practice. The influence of his works comes from their conceptual rigor as well as from their timely application to current policy questions.

His scholarship does not end with publication of his research. He brings it to the classroom and to highly sought presentations to professional audiences, and he applies it to service.

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Geoffrey Cross

Geoffrey Cross
College of Arts and Sciences, English
17 Years at U of L

Geoffrey Cross has produced important and influential research in business communication. In particular, he examines how collaboration and conflict function within organizational settings both to promote and impede the production of visual and verbal texts. His work helps researchers and practitioners better understand how writing and revising are shaped by conditions of power in the workplace.

Cross also has made important contributions to research methodology. He is a world-renowned expert on ethnographic research.

Among his published articles, book chapters and books, his 2001 work “Forming the Collective Mind: A Contextual Exploration of Large-Scale Collaborative Writing in Industry” has been described as path-breaking. It received the Association for Business Communication’s 2002 Distinguished Publication Award and the National Council of Teachers of English and Association of Teachers of Technical Writing’s 2002 award as the Best Book in Scientific and Technical Communication.

Cross’ work as a whole shows his ability to bridge fields, speak to a variety of audiences, including academics and practitioners, and enrich the study of composition.

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Timothy Dowling

Timothy Dowling
Speed School of Engineering, mechanical engineering
8 Years at U of L

Timothy Dowling’s research record is superior. He has 27 refereed journal publications, 11 abstracts and one book. He has been the principal investigator or the co-principal investigator for more than $1.5 million of funded work.

Dowling is highly regarded by his peers and has been described as a renaissance scientist who is bringing diverse fields together. An exemplary scholar who transcends definition as being any “one” kind of scientist, he is internationally recognized for his scientific rigor, honesty, fairness and strong insights from the broad disciplines at his command.

Dowling also is considered to be one of the top two or three people in the world in the application of computational fluid dynamics to outer planet atmospheres based on his development of an atmospheric model that has become the standard for models of the general circulations of the giant planets.

Dowling’s 2004 book “Jupiter: The Planet, Satellites, and Magnetosphere,” which he co-edited, already is being described as the fundamental reference book for the world’s planetary scientists for the next decade. In November 2004, he played host to the 36th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. The annual meeting drew 600 planetary scientists from 35 states and more than 100 scientists from 18 different countries.

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David Gozal

David Gozal
School of Medicine, pediatrics, pharmacology and toxicology, psychological and brain sciences
6 Years at U of L

David Gozal researches obstructive sleep apnea, a pathological condition common in both adult and pediatric populations. He established the country’s first division devoted to pediatric sleep medicine and the Kosair Children’s Sleep Medicine and Apnea Center, which is recognized worldwide as the premier pediatric sleep center.

Gozal’s work is at the leading edge of his field. It breaks new ground in understanding the mechanisms underlying neural damage associated with cognitive and other deficits resulting from intermittent hypoxia (lack of oxygen), a consequence of obstructive sleep apnea. He has consistently enjoyed federal, national foundation and industrial support for his research. He is principal investigator on six grants that total more than $4.6 million in direct costs — five are federally funded and one is industrially funded — and is co-investigator on nine National Institutes of Health grants that total more than $8.4 million.

Gozal has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and more than 30 other publications since coming to U of L in 1999. He also has successfully fostered the research careers of junior faculty, students and postdoctoral students.

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Karen Jordan

Karen Jordan
Brandeis School of Law
10 Years at U of L

Karen Jordan is a well-rounded scholar who has studied and written on many issues. Most of her work pertains in some way to the proper allocation of power between the federal and state governments. In particular, her scholarship has focused on issues relating to federal interference with the ability of states to carry out their traditional role of safeguarding the health and well-being of their citizens. She is a nationally recognized expert on issues relating to federal pre-emption of state efforts to regulate the use of managed care strategies by health coverage providers, such as health maintenance organizations.

Jordan’s research has made her a frequently invited speaker and contributor to publications. She has placed articles in such well-recognized law journals as the Yale Journal on Regulation, Rutgers Law Journal, Wake Forest Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review and Washington and Lee Law Review.

Her research has had a significant impact on the development of the law. It has garnered national recognition and helped highlight the law school as a serious player in the arena of health law. Her thoughtful commentary has provided a basis for addressing many of the problems within the current health care delivery system.

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Donald Miller

Donald Miller
School of Medicine, hematology/oncology
James Graham Brown Cancer Center director
6 Years at U of L

For more than 20 years, Donald Miller has held numerous National Institutes of Health grants of long standing with review scores ranked within the top third percentile. He is principal investigator on two major grants from the NIH: the Cancer Center planning grant and the COBRE project grant, the largest NIH grant received at U of L.

Miller is a brilliant scientist who has made seminal contributions to understanding molecular biology and malignant transformation, including discovery of new mechanisms by which the most fundamental causes of cancer might be overcome. He has pioneered targeted DNA strategies for cancer treatment and is recognized nationally and internationally in this area.

In addition to conducting his own successful research agenda, he has successfully fostered the research careers of junior faculty members and his translated his research findings to the bedside, to the development of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and to the founding of a successful biotechnology company.

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Steve Rouse

Steve Rouse
School of Music, music theory and composition
17 Years at U of L

Steve Rouse has received important commissions for his music from a variety of professional and amateur music organizations. He writes with a sense of craftsmanship, imagination and attention to detail that gives his music a sense of creativity and quality that is evident whether he is writing for young musicians or the most experienced professionals. He always has complete command of the orchestra, fascinating instrumentation, eloquent solo passages and an approach that marks him as unique in gift and secure in craft.

Rouse’s music is performed frequently. Many internationally acclaimed artists have recorded it commercially, and since 1998, he has had 18 works accepted for publication.

Rouse has just received the Al Smith Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council for the third time. This prestigious award is adjudicated by experts based outside of Kentucky, and no one can receive it more than three times.

An active presenter, panelist and guest composer around the country, Rouse demonstrates expertise and commitment to music performance and composition that are recognized at every level.

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Hank Savitch

Hank Savitch
College of Business and Public Administration, urban and public affairs
16 Years at U of L

Hank Savitch’s scholarship has made significant contributions to the international discussion about cities in three areas: postindustrial transitions in cities, urban governance in metropolitan areas and the contemporary international urban political economy.

His works have helped to shape the international discussion of two of the most significant forces shaping the world in which we live: urbanization and globalization. His experience in the classroom and as a researcher extends from Israel through France to New York and Louisville.

Savitch’s influence on the field of urban politics in the United States is beyond dispute. He has made a major contribution to the understanding of the dynamics of urban development, the configuration of power structures in U.S. cities and of the potential for civic reform.

Over the past five years, Savitch has written one widely recognized leadership volume in comparative urban studies, co-edited three volumes, authored a dozen articles, published chapters in several edited works and played a prominent role in numerous international conferences, yet he eschews the life of an “ivory tower” scholar. He consistently brings the insights of his research to city hall and has meritorious consulting work with Louisville and New York City.

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