Four faculty members from two universities in Kansas were honored Tuesday with what Kansas University describes as the state’s most prestigious recognition for scholarly excellence: the Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards.
The ceremony at the Lied Center was the 34th annual presentation of the awards, established in 1981 by Takeru Higuchi, a distinguished professor at KU from 1967 to 1983, and his wife, Aya.
The awards recognize exceptional long-term research accomplishments of faculty at Kansas Board of Regents universities, according to a news release from KU. Each award includes a citation and $10,000 for ongoing research efforts.
This year's recipients were Michael Wehmeyer, Ross and Marianna Beach Professor of Special Education, KU; Paulette Spencer, Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, KU; David Nualart, Black-Babcock Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, KU; and Stephen Welch, professor of agronomy, Kansas State University.
Awards are given in four categories: humanities and social sciences; basic sciences; biomedical sciences and applied sciences. Each award is named for former leaders of KU Endowment who played key roles in recruiting Higuchi to KU.