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Celebration of Faculty Excellence

President’s Distinguished Faculty Awards

Award winners received a medallion, a check for $1,000 and will be featured on campus banners later this year. The following A&S faculty received President's Distinguished Faculty Awards and were honored during the faculty celebration on September 10, 2013.

Teaching - David Brown

Dean Ferré, left; David Brown, center; President Ramsey, rightProfessor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

  • Undergraduate Program Director
  • Adviser for the UofL chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) 1998-2010 (& won the national SPS Outstanding Chapter distinction each year)
  • Won the Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award in 2005
  • Grants: Department of Energy and National Science Foundation
  • Research mentor for almost 60 undergraduate/high school students, 17 graduate students and a post-doc
  • His students have won numerous awards - 3 Goldwater Scholarships, the Hertz Scholarship and 2 Woodcock Medals

Outstanding Scholarship, Research & Creative Activity
Dean Ferré, left; John Gilderbloom, center; President Ramsey, rightCareer Achievement - John Gilderbloom

Professor, Department of Urban and Public Affairs

  • Published 8 co-authored or edited books and journals, 40 academic articles and op-ed pieces in large metropolitan and national newspapers
  • Consulted with a U.S. president, 2 former secretaries of Housing and Urban Development, and mayors of several cities on urban job creation, neighborhood housing trends and university-community partnerships
  • Grants: HUD, Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education

Dean Ferré, left; George Higgins, center; President Ramsey, rightSocial Sciences - George Higgins

Professor, Department of Justice Administration

  • Published more than 130 peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of criminological theory testing, racial profiling, cyber-crime and quantitative methods
  • 4 books focus on the topics of gangs, cyber-crime, digital piracy and race and crime.
  • PI or Co-PI for more than $1 million of external grant funding

Dean Ferré, left; Brian Leung, center; President Ramsey, rightHumanities - Brian Leung

Associate Professor, Department of English

  • Author of short story collection “World Famous Love Acts” and the novels “Lost Men” and “Take Me Home
  • His books have been translated into French and Italian
  • Poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction also appear in nationally distributed journals and in numerous anthologies.
  • Recipient of a Lambda Literary Award for a Mid-career Novelist (2012), Mary McCarthy Award for short fiction, the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction and the Willa Award for Historical Fiction.

Service to UofL - Russell Vandenbroucke

Dean Ferré, left; Russell Vandenbroucke, center; President Ramsey, rightProfessor, Department of Theatre Arts

  • Initiated with colleagues UofL’s omnidisciplinary Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation undergraduate certificate program which led to the university’s annual commemoration of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace
  • A Fulbright Scholar in Australia and a Rotary World Peace Fellow in Thailand
  • Traveled to Finland, Romania and Germany for the U.S. State Department


New Patents, Licenses and Options

The following A&S faculty were recognized for their creative work resulting in patents, licenses and options.


Carolyn Klinge, School of Medicine, Gamini Sumanasekera, College of Arts and Sciences, and Thomas Roussel and Rob Keynton, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, developed a technology capable of electrokinetically separating multiple molecules, including proteins and nucleic acids, from minute samples. It will have valuable uses in the medical industry.


Mahendra Sunkara, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, and Gamini Sumanasekera, College of Arts and Sciences: Advanced Energy Materials LLC, followed an option with a license to commercially develop a portfolio of technologies related to nanowire-based materials in various fields including energy storage and conversion.

Jeff Hay and John Kielkopf, College of Arts and Sciences: RDI LLC, followed an option with an exclusive license to develop and commercialize a noncontact imaging sensor system to measure and analyze an object’s position, motion and resonance.

Left to right: Provost Willihnganz, Dean Ferré, GB Hammond and President RamseyGerald Hammond and Bo Xu, College of Arts and Sciences: Rigid Solutions, a faculty startup company, has the license to develop a chemical matrix system that will be used to extract chemical products from mixtures of reaction solvents.


Paula Bates and Tariq Malik, School of Medicine, Gerald Hammond and Bo Xu, College of Arts and Sciences, and Francesca Salipur, student: Option to Kynetic Pharmaceuticals, a startup company, for a cancer therapeutic and diagnostic compound.

Donald Demuth, School of Dentistry, and Frederick Luzzio, College of Arts and Sciences: Option to IMBA 13-002 for technology relating to anti-biofilm compounds for dental applications.