Three professors from the Kansas University and one from Kansas State University received the 1993 Higuchi-Endowment Research Achievement Awards Monday during KU's faculty convocation.
Each award carries a $10,000 stipend to further the recipient's research.
KU Chancellor Gene A. Budig and Howard E. Mossberg, vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and public service, presented the citations.
Susan J. Kemper, professor of psychology, received the Balfour Jeffrey Award for research achievement in the social sciences.
Clenton Owensby, professor of range management at KSU, received the Irvin Youngberg Award for research achievement in the applied sciences.
Stephen Russell, Wilkinson distinguished professor of cancer research and director of the Cancer Center at the KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., received the Dolph Simons Sr. Award for research achievement in the biomedical sciences.
George S. Wilson, Takeru Higuchi distinguished professor of chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry, received the Olin Petefish Award for research achievement in the basic sciences.
The awards were established in 1981 by Takeru Higuchi, university regents distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry and chemistry, and his wife, Aya. She continued the awards after her husband's death in 1987.
In establishing the awards, the Higuchis stipulated that faculty at all Kansas Board of Regents institutions be eligible. The annual awards are named for people who have worked through the KU Endowment Association to further the university's overall research program.
Recipients may use their awards for research materials, summer salaries, fellowship matching funds, equipment, research assistance or other support.
Kemper, who came to KU in 1978, studies language development across the human lifespan. She has done research in cognitive changes in aging, such as dealing with memory difficulties in Alzheimer's patients and making written matter easy for older people to understand.
Owensby is noted for his research in range plant physiology, the use of grain supplementation on the diet of steers and the effects of range burning on plant and animal ecosystems. He has published more than a hundred journal articles, technical reports and proceedings papers. He holds a Ph.D. from Kansas State University.
Russell joined the KU Medical Center faculty in 1987 and became director of the Cancer Center in 1991. Previously, he had been professor and chairman of the department of Comparative and Experimental Pathology of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville. He has a Ph.D. in comparative pathology and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree, both from the University of California, Davis.
Wilson joined the KU faculty in 1987 as a distinguished professor. He is a pioneer in the use of chemical analysis techniques on biological systems. He is developing a glucose sensor for diabetics that can be implanted under the skin through a needle. The sensor is connected to a pump outside the body that administers the proper dose of insulin.