Tuesday, May 4, 2010

FAMU Recognizes its Top Researcher

Florida A&M University (FAMU) Division of Research (DoR) hosted its inaugural Principle Investigator Appreciation and Researcher of the Year Awards Luncheon Friday, April 23, in the Foster Tanner Band Rehearsal Hall. DoR awarded a total of $23,000 during the luncheon.

“It is wonderful to be the first,” said Larry Robinson, vice president for research at FAMU. “Many years from now, we will look back at this moment. We have set the standard. Today’s event is a small token of our appreciation.”

Karam F.A. Solima, Ph.D., College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS), received the 2010 FAMU Distinguished Researcher Award. Seth Y. Ablordeppey, Ph.D., COPPS; Mandip S. Sachdeva, COPPS; Gokhan Hacisalihoglu, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences; and David Jackson Jr., Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History and Political Science, received the 2010 FAMU Research Excellence Award, respectively. Barack O. Abonyo, Ph.D., COPPS; Nelly N. Mateeva, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry; and Karunya K. Kandimalla, Ph.D., COPPS, received the 2010 FAMU Emerging Researcher Award, respectively.

Dean Makola Abdullah, Ph.D., College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture, said the luncheon gave many a chance to reflect on their accomplishments and reflect with their colleagues.

“Your work has helped FAMU to fulfill its mission,” said Abdullah.

FAMU President James H. Ammons, Ph.D., said research is one of the most important parts of FAMU, citing the university’s world-class research program.

“This is long overdue,” Ammons said of the recognition luncheon. “Research is a part of the university’s DNA. The work you have done has been amazing. In spite of the difficult times, you have found a way to excel and promote our best and brightest.”

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