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September 9, 2005
Contact: Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855

KU announces four winners of $10,000 Higuchi Awards for research

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas has announced four recipients of the 2005 Higuchi/Endowment Research Achievement Awards. Each winner will receive a $10,000 award to further research efforts.

The awards were announced Thursday, Sept. 8, at the annual Faculty-Staff Convocation in Budig Hall. KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway will officially present the awards to the winners in October.

The professors chosen to receive this year's awards are:

  • Dale Abrahamson, professor and chairman of KU's Anatomy and Cell Biology Department at the University of Kansas Medical Center, who will receive the Dolph Simons Award in the field of biomedical sciences.
  • Thomas Cravens, professor of physics and astronomy at KU, who will receive the Olin K. Petefish Award in the field of basic sciences.
  • H. George Frederickson, Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at KU, who will receive the Irvin Youngberg Research Award in the field of applied sciences.
  • E. Wayne Nafziger, University Distinguished Professor of Economics at Kansas State University, who will receive the Balfour Jeffery Research Award in the field of humanities and social sciences.

The Higuchi Awards were established in 1981 by Takeru Higuchi, a KU distinguished professor of chemistry and pharmacy and chairman of pharmaceutical chemistry, and his wife, Aya. Higuchi stipulated that faculty members at all Kansas regents institutions be eligible. The annual awards are named for former officers of the KU Endowment Association who were instrumental in bringing Higuchi to KU and who worked to further KU's overall research program. Recipients may use their awards for research materials, summer salaries, fellowship matching funds, research assistance or other research-related support.

Dale Abrahamson
Since 1998, Abrahamson has been professor and chairman of anatomy and cell biology at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., where he also serves as associate director of the Kidney Institute. He is a leading scholar in the study of kidney development and disease. His research focuses on the development of the kidney glomerular capillary wall and the structure, function and immunopathology of basement membranes. He has also made significant contributions to the knowledge of vascular development and hypoxia-stimulated angiogenesis as it relates to the kidney.

Abrahamson received his doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1981. He had postdoctoral appointments at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The National Institutes of Health awarded him an Individual National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship.He also has served as president and councilor of the Histochemical Society and is a fellow of the American Heart Association. He was recently named to membership on the Basic Science Committee of the American Society for Nephrology.

Thomas Cravens
Cravens, a KU faculty member since 1988, is a leading scholar in space and planetary physics. His most recent research focuses on the interpretation of observed x-ray emission from comets and on analysis and interpretation of data from the NASA Cassini mission to Saturn and Titan. His research also has examined the loss of planetary atmospheres, Jovian x-rays, nitrogen compounds in Earth's middle and upper atmosphere, the atmospheres of Jovian and Saturnian moons, and dusty plasmas.

After earning his doctorate from Harvard in 1975, .Cravens held post doctoral positions at the University of Colorado and the University of Florida, and was a research scientist at the University of Michigan. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. During his professional career, he has received NASA Group Achievement Awards for his work on the Dynamics Explorer and Cassini space missions; the Distinguished Alumnus Award from SUNY-Stony Brook; and the Excellence in Teaching Award presented by KU's Center for Teaching Excellence.

H. George Frederickson
Frederickson, a KU faculty member since 1987, is an internationally known expert in public administration and policy that uses ethics as its basis in the decision-making process. His research focuses on the concept of social equity in governance and public administration.

He received his doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1967. He is president emeritus of Eastern Washington University and has served as the John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government at University of Oxford, where he also was a fellow at Balliol College.

Sometimes called the patriarch of the field of public administration, Frederickson has received the Distinguished Research Award from American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Public Affairs and Administration; the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit from the Republic of Korea; and the Hatfield Award from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.

E. Wayne Nafziger
Nafziger, a member of the Kansas State faculty since 1966, is a leading scholar in global political economy, African political economy and development economics. Focusing on entrepreneurship and economic development, African income distribution, and the economics of war and humanitarian emergencies, he has made important contributions to the emerging literature on conflict and peace.

He received his doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1967. He has been a Senior Research Fellow with the World Institute for Development Economics Research at the U.N. University, and a Hewlett Visiting Fellow at the Carter Center at Emory University. He also has held visiting professorships at the International University of Japan, Boston University, the University of Cambridge, the Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research, and at Andhra University in India.

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