KU scientist, mathematician win $10K Chancellors Club Awards

Bruno Hagenbuch, a scientist specializing in transport proteins, and Jack Porter, a mathematics professor, have been named the 2019 University of Kansas Chancellors Club Award recipients.

Hagenbuch, originally from Switzerland, started working at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2005. His research focuses on how drugs and toxic chemicals enter and exit the body. He was selected as the Chancellors Club Research Award recipient.

“Bruno’s work impacts research in liver and kidney diseases, cancer and many other issues,” Hagenbuch’s nominator wrote, according to a KU news release. “His research is also vital for drug discovery and development.”

Porter has taught mathematics at KU for almost 54 years and holds a special interest in topology: the study of geometric forms that remain unaffected under transformations such as bending or stretching.

His nominator noted that during Porter’s tenure as chair of the department, “We saw an increased emphasis on quality teaching in the department, an increase in the number of mathematics majors and minors, a strengthening of our graduate student population, a revision of the curriculum for engineering students, and the establishment of the UKanTeach program.”

Hagenbuch and Porter will each receive $10,000 and will be recognized on Oct. 25 at the Chancellors Club celebration.


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