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Distinguished Scholar Award recipients named

Four winners of the inaugural Distinguished Scholar Awards have been named by the committee on faculty research (CFR) and the office for the advancement of scholarship and teaching (OAST).

Three awards were given in recognition of a substantial and continuing record of research or creative activity, and one for a faculty member at an earlier career stage who has done work of high quality and demonstrated great potential as a scholar or artist.

In letters of nomination from their colleagues, all four winners were praised for the varied ways in which their research informs their teaching and creates unique learning and professional opportunities for their students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Susan Morgan, English. Her books on the fiction of Jane Austen were published by Oxford University Press and the University of Chicago Press. Her most recent book, Place Matters: Gendered Geography in Victorian Women’s Travel Writing about Southeast Asia, has been credited with opening a new area of study in Victorian and colonial literature. She has also edited two books of travel writing by Victorian women.

Morgan won a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for her current project, a biography of Anna Leonowens, the Victorian traveler and writer who became the idealized "Anna" of The King and I. She has also won a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and served as the North American Scholar and the Traveling Scholar for the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Morgan received a doctorate from the University of Chicago and came to Miami in 1990 from Vassar College.

Sheldon Guttman, zoology, is recognized internationally as an outstanding researcher in the areas of environmental population genetics and stress effects on the genetic structure of populations of endangered species. He has published more than 130 refereed journal articles and book chapters, many of the articles appearing in the most prestigious journals in his field. He has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 50 research grants and contracts for a total of more than $4 million. He has been awarded grants from some of the most competitive grant-funding agencies in the country, including 13 from the National Science Foundation, five from the Environmental Protection Agency and four from the U.S. interior and agriculture departments.

Guttman received a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and has been at Miami since 1967.

Doris Bergen, educational psychology, is the author or editor of six books, most recently A Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers: Education for Young Children in the 21st Century, to be published later this year.

Her scholarship on learning and development in early childhood spans more than 25 years and has made her prominent in the field internationally. She is also the author of more than 40 refereed journal articles and book chapters and more than 20 technical research reports and manuals. From 1994-99 she was editor of one of the premiere journals in her field, the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, and she has received numerous state and federal grants to support her research.

Bergen received a doctorate from Michigan State University and came to Miami in 1988 after serving as dean of graduate studies and research at Pittsburg State University in Kansas.

Michael Crowder, chemistry and biochemistry, is the winner of the Distinguished Scholarship Award for a faculty member in the early stages of a scholarly career.
He is a bioinorganic chemist whose long-term research goals include using information obtained from his enzyme studies in the design of drugs to combat bacterial antibiotic resistance and to develop anti-cancer therapies.

Crowder has 20 published research articles and 15 published abstracts. Since coming to Miami, he has been principal investigator on external grants totaling approximately $850,000, including a prestigious R-29 (FIRST award) from the NIH and a major equipment grant from the National Science Foundation. He received a doctorate from the University of Virginia and came to Miami in 1995 after working as a postdoctoral fellow at Penn State University.

Each of the four awards comes with a $2,000 stipend for the pursuit of further research or creative endeavor. The awardees will be publicly honored early next fall semester.

Date Published: 03/09/2000
Volume: 19   Number: 28

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