Peter Smagorinsky

Distinguished Research Professor 2011   Peter Smagorinsky, professor of language and literacy education, is among the world’s most authoritative and prolific voices for educational reform. He is a scholar of international renown — in his own field — and in the related fields of cultural psychology, communication, human...

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William Whitman

Distinguished Research Professor 2011 William Whitman, professor of microbiology, has dedicated his career to the study of free-living prokaryotes, such as bacteria and archaea. His studies have had a major impact in microbial physiology, ecology, and taxonomy but also in evolution and marine science. His early work at...

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Walter Hellerstein

Distinguished Research Professor 2011 Walter Hellerstein, professor of law, is regarded by many as our nation’s foremost authority on state and local tax law. His work is so well-respected that it influences both the setting of policy, nationally and internationally, and the thinking of other scholars. Over...

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Andrew Herod

Distinguished Research Professor 2011 Andrew Herod, professor of geography, seeks to understand how economies function as geographical entities. He is internationally recognized as one of the most important scholars writing on the global economy and processes of globalization. Herod is perhaps best-known for his work on “labor geography,”...

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Kelly Dawe

Distinguished Research Professor 2011 Kelly Dawe, professor of plant biology, has investigated the centromere-kinetochrome complex for nearly two decades. He is best known for his contributions to the understanding of kinetochore structure, and he identified the first plant kinetochore proteins. A kinetochore is the protein structure on...

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Anna Resurreccion

Distinguished Research Professor 2010 Anna Resurreccion, professor of food science, is recognized internationally for innovative research on the bioactive components in food, and consumer and sensory science. She developed original methods for measuring consumer preferences and the sensory qualities of food— including creative new ways to collect...

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Laurence O’Toole

Distinguished Research Professor 2010 Laurence O’Toole, Margaret Hughes and Robert T. Golembiewski Professor of Public Administration, is a leading scholar in the study of public policy implementation—what happens between establishing formal government plans and the result. His most significant contributions have been to address some of the...

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James T. Hollibaugh

Distinguished Research Professor 2010 James T. Hollibaugh, professor of marine sciences, is highly regarded, both for “doing research,” and for “leading research,” where he is simultaneously shaping the field of microbial ecology as a synthesizer, coordinator, and innovator. His research provides insights into how ecosystems work and...

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Leonard Poon

Distinguished Research Professor 2009 Leonard Poon, professor of health policy and management and director of UGA’s Institute of Gerontology, gained attention for his early research on aging and cognition, particularly for his work on memory and early dementia. But it is his remarkable 20-year program of research...

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Sarah Spence

Distinguished Research Professor 2009 Sarah Spence, professor of classics, is a prolific writer on a broad range of topics from classical antiquity to contemporary rhetoric. She is considered one of the most distinguished literary scholars of her generation. Spence’s many pioneering contributions (among them her 10 volumes...

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