Four professors — two from Kansas University and two from Kansas State University — have earned Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards for 2010.
The awards, now in their 28th year, honor outstanding accomplishments in research by faculty members at KU and other regents institutions.
Each award includes a plaque and a $10,000 grant for ongoing research efforts.
“They are, at present, the most important research awards we give at our university,” said Steve Warren, KU’s vice chancellor for research and graduate studies.
They were established by Takeru Higuchi, a distinguished professor at KU from 1967 to 1983 and his late widow, Aya.
Four awards are given annually, and are named for former leaders of KU Endowment who played key roles in recruiting Higuchi to KU.
Winners this year include:
• Balfour Jeffrey Award in Humanities and Social Sciences, Hagith Sivan, a KU professor of history. She is regarded as an authority on the transition of the Mediterranean region from ancient times to the Middle Ages.
• Dolph Simons Award in Biomedical Sciences, Christian Schöneich, professor and chairman of pharmaceutical chemistry at KU. He has achieved international prominence for his work on protein oxidation and human aging and degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
• Irvin Youngberg Award for Applied Sciences, T.G. Nagaraja, university distinguished professor of diagnostic medicine/pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State. His research has focused on food safety and the field of gastrointestinal microbiology in cattle.
• Olin Petefish Award in Basic Science, Chii-Dong Lin, university distinguished professor of physics at Kansas State. A faculty member since 1976, he is recognized as a pioneering researcher in several important fields of atomic, molecular and optical physics.