Adam Barb, Assistant Professor, Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Kristie Franz, Associate Professor, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, and Arthur Winter, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, have each received a 2015 Early Achievement in Research award.
They will be recognized at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall Convocation and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, September 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.
Early Achievement in Research Recognizes faculty who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in research and/or artistic creativity unusually early in their professional careers:
• Adam Barb, Assistant Professor, Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. Barb’s formative years were spent in Indiana and concluded at Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Horticulture Science (B.S., 2000). He pursued adventure, warmer weather, and carbohydrates with Profs. Mason Pharr and John Williamson at North Carolina State University (M.S., 2002). After a two-year stint at a plant biotech company and teaching at Meredith College, he enrolled at Duke University to study carbohydrates, lipids, and NMR spectroscopy with Profs. Christian Raetz and Pei Zhou (Ph.D., 2008). His knowledge of carbohydrates and NMR was expanded as a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Fellow with Prof. Jim Prestegard at the University of Georgia. He began an independent career in 2012 at Iowa State University. • Kristie Franz, Associate Professor, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences. Franz’s work focuses on improving our understanding and ability to predict watershed processes through application of modeling, data and forecasting technologies. Her strength is in the use of models to explore critical hydrologic questions, which have included the role of agricultural tile drainage on flooding, the impact of land use and climate change on streamflow, and use of new hydrologic techniques in forecasting. Of these topics, studies in improving streamflow prediction and forecasting has comprised the majority of her work and are where her greatest impact has been thus far in her career. • Arthur Winter, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry. Winter is rapidly becoming a world leader in using both experiment and computation to develop new photocage compounds for time-resolved biological studies, to design electronically spin-switchable materials with different magnetic properties based on environmental properties, and to design self-immolating drug-releasing agents that respond to environmental stimuli. He consistently publishes in the best chemistry and physical organic chemistry journals and his unique way of looking at difficult, long-standing problems has earned him national recognition.
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