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Provost's Research and Scholarship Award Past Winners

2015 Award Winner

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Executive Vice President and Provost Ralph V. Rogers Jr., Ph.D., recently presented Nancy Klimas, M.D., with the 5th Annual Provost's Research and Scholarship Award.

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Executive Vice President and Provost Ralph V. Rogers Jr., Ph.D., recently presented Nancy Klimas, M.D., with the 5th Annual Provost's Research and Scholarship Award.

Klimas has achieved international recognition for her research and clinical efforts in multi-symptom disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), Gulf War illness {GWI), and fibromyalgia. Among many other honors, Klimas was the recipient of the 2014 Perpich Award by the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis {IACFS/ME) for distinguished community service. She also was featured as a 'Woman to Watchw on WFOR CBS 4.

She currently serves as director of NSU's Institute for Neuro-lmmune Medicine, professor of medicine, and chair of the Department of Clinical Immunology at NSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is also professor emerita at the University of Miami School of Medicine, director of clinical immunology research at the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center {VAMC) and leads the GWI and ME/CFS clinical and research program at the Miami VA.

Klimas is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a diplomate in diagnostic laboratory immunology. She is a past president of the IACFS/ME and is also a member of the VA Research Advisory Committee for GWI, the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) P2P CFS committee, and served on the Institute of Medicine's ME/CFS review panel.

Klimas has advised three U.S. secretaries of health and human services during her repeated service on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services CFS Advisory Committee. She is currently funded by the VA, Department of Defense and NIH to study these complex disorders using a systems biology approach with a strong focus on illness models that lead to therapeutic targets and clinical trials.

Photo Caption: Jacqueline A. Travisano, M.B.A., CPA, NSU executive vice president and chief operating officer; Gary S. Margules, Sc.D., vice president of NSU’s Office of Research and Technology Transfer; Nancy Klimas, M.D., recipient of NSU’s 5th Annual Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award; Ralph V. Rogers Jr., Ph.D., NSU executive vice president and provost; and H. Thomas Temple, M.D., NSU senior vice president of translational research and economic development.

2014 Award Winner

Sam Purkis, Ph.D., M.B.A., Wins Provost's Research and Scholarship Award

Sam Purkis, Ph.D., M.B.A., Wins Provost's Research and Scholarship AwardProvost Ralph Rogers, Ph.D., recently presented Sam Purkis, Ph.D., Oceanographic Center, with the 4th Annual Provost's Research and Scholarship Award. The announcement was made at the External Funding Recognition Reception.

Purkis is an internationally recognized Earth Scientist with an enviable publication record. In the fields of both geology and conservation biology, Sam has pioneered the use of satellite and aircraft remote sensing to make quantitative observations of coral reef environments. He has generated a new field of study that uses "morphometrics" (statistical instruments to mathematically capture the size and geometry of objects) to understand the landscape complexities of coral reef environments. Through the concept of comparative sedimentology, observations of present-day environments are used to aid in the interpretation of ancient sedimentary sequences. He has elevated this morphometric approach into a new and novel means of understanding the complexity of oil reservoirs and water aquifers.

Despite being only ten years since receiving his Ph.D., Sam Purkis has produced 69 peer-reviewed journal articles, and authored 3 books. His achievements in the field of remote sensing are buoyed by his successful external funding record, which has brought considerably more than three million dollars to NSU in recent years. While being an active researcher within NSU, Dr. Purkis has extensive teaching experience, student mentorship experience, is an active member of NSU's faculty community and involved with many ongoing initiatives.

Photo Caption: Richard Dodge, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Oceanographic Center and Executive Director, National Coral Reef Institute; George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., president and CEO; Sam Purkis, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Oceanographic Center; Ralph V. Rogers, Jr., Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; Gary Margules, Sc.D., vice president for research and technology transfer.

Ray Ownby, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. Wins Provost's Research and Scholarship Award

Ray Ownby, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. Wins Provost's Research and Scholarship AwardPresident George Hanbury II, Ph.D., presented this year's Provost's Research and Scholarship Award to Ray Ownby, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., College of Osteopathic Medicine at the October 16, 2013 External Funding Recognition Reception.

Dr. Ray Ownby is a professor and chair in NSU's College of Osteopathic Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. He was recently selected for inclusion in Best Doctors in America and is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Clinical Neuropsychology, and Neuropsychiatry.

He has published more than 100 articles and has been the recipient of several research grants from the National Institutes of Health. Recently, Dr. Ownby and his team received a $1.35-million federal grant to create innovative methods to evaluate patients' health literacy. His research and clinical interests include examination of the ways in which stress, mood, and inflammation interact in older adults. He was the founder of the Brain Fitness Program in the Center on Aging at Miami, a program to help midlife and older adults maintain their mental fitness and has now created a brain fitness program at NSU.

Dr. Ownby has served as Contributing Editor, Section editor, and ad hoc reviewer for numerous prestigious peer-reviewed journals. He is a founding member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

His ability to connect to students to enhance their education experience has been recognized with several teaching awards. During his years at NSU, Dr. Ownby has served a mentor to junior scientists in several disciplines across the NSU campus, and is an extraordinary collaborator. Dr. Ownby was nominated for this award by Dr. Robin Jacobs, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Photo Caption: Gary Margules, Sc.D., Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, George Hanbury II, Ph.D., President, Raymond Ownby, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., College of Osteopathic Medicine, Robin Jacobs, Ph.D., MSW, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Jacqueline Travisano, M.B.A., CPA.

Bernhard Riegl, Ph.D., and Steven Kurtz, Ph.D. Receive Provost's Research and Scholarship Award

Bernhard Riegl, PhD, Oceanographic Center, receives Provost's Scholarship and Research Award from Provost Frank DePiano.Provost Frank DePiano presented this year's Provost's Research and Scholarship Award, to two winners this year, Dr. Bernhard Riegl and Dr. Steven Kurtz, at the October 23, 2012 External Funding Recognition Reception.

Dr. Bernhard M. Riegl is the Associate Director of the National Coral Reef Institute and Professor at the Oceanographic Center. Dr. Riegl's career in coral reef research spans nearly two decades and a total of 123 peer-reviewed publications. He is an internationally renowned scientist, and Geology editor of the international scientific journal Coral Reefs, and editor of the book series Coral Reefs of the World. Dr. Riegl's external funding record includes the acquisition of approximately $25 million in external funding since 1993. Dr. Riegl's research centers on coral reefs and other tropical benthic biota, such as seagrass and algae. He is both a biologist and geologist, his research and publications have involved the paleontology, sedimentology, spatial dynamics, ecology, taxonomy and conservation biology of coral reefs and associated organisms. He is also active in hydrographic survey, particularly sonar-based seafloor discrimination, which he integrates with optical remote-sensing to provide high-resolution maps of the seafloor. His research has taken place in the Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, South Pacific, Eastern Pacific, tropical Atlantic and Caribbean.

Steven Kurtz, Ph.D., DAIS, receives Provost's Scholarship and Research Award from Provost Frank DePiano.Dr. Steven P. Kurtz is director for the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities and professor in the Division of Applied Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Kurtz is an internationally renowned scientist, whose research is helping to prevent and reduce substance abuse and HIV risk among vulnerable populations around the world. Prior to joining NSU, he was Senior Scientist and Associate Director, Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Delaware. He has authored more than 40 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and has presented research findings at numerous high impact scientific conferences.

Dr. Kurtz has a long and illustrious history of private and federally sponsored clinical trials and grants. Dr. Kurtz has conducted research studies of substance use, sexual risk behaviors, related health and social problems, and intervention approaches among adolescents, young adults, women sex workers, men who have sex with men, and other vulnerable populations since 1995. His work has been instrumental in the development and testing of effective interventions to reduce HIV infection among populations at high risk. Dr. Kurtz is an appointed member of the Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS Study Section at the National Institutes of Health. He currently serves as a peer reviewer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s Center for Scientific Review.

Photo Caption (Top Right): Bernhard Riegl, PhD, Oceanographic Center, receives Provost's Scholarship and Research Award from Provost Frank DePiano. From left to right: Richard Dodge, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Oceanographic Center; Frank De Piano, Ph.D., Provost, Executive Vice President Academic Affairs; Bernhard Riegl, Ph.D., Associate Director of the National Coral Reef Institute and Professor, Oceanographic Center; George Hanbury II, PhD, President

Photo Caption (Bottom Right): Steven Kurtz, Ph.D., DAIS, receives Provost's Scholarship and Research Award from Provost Frank DePiano. From left to right: Kimberly Durham, Psy.D., Executive Dean, Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health and Justice, Division of Applied Interdisciplinary Studies; Frank De Piano, Ph.D., Provost, Executive Vice President Academic Affairs; Steven Kurtz, Ph.D., M.A. Professor and Director Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities Division of Applied Interdisciplinary Studies; Hilary L. Surratt, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities and Professor, Division of Applied Interdisciplinary Studies; George Hanbury II, PhD, President.

Mark Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, Receives Provost's Research and Scholarship Award

Mark B. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, Center for Psychological Studies, receives Provost's Research and Scholarship Award from Provost Frank DePiano.Provost Frank DePiano presented the first annual Provost's Research and Scholarship Award, to Mark B. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, Center for Psychological Studies. Sobell was nominated for the award by Karen Grosby, Ed.D., Dean of the Center for Psychological Studies. Sobell, a nationally and internationally distinguished clinical scientist, was selected for his commitment to excellence and his significant contributions over four decades to the field of clinical psychology. During his career, Dr. Sobell made several distinguished theoretical and empirical behavioral advances to the substance abuse field, advances which have led to the understanding or amelioration of important clinical problems. He has published over 275 refereed articles and book chapters, authored 9 books, and serves on several editorial boards, as well as Editor of one of the American Psychological Association's prestigious clinical journals. In addition, he has been the recipient of grants from multiple federal agencies. The quality of his research is attested to by the fact that his 190 research papers have been published largely in top tier psychology journals, and have earned him over 200 invitations to present his research worldwide, and more than 4,900 citations. His role as a mentor and role model to students and young faculty has made a significant difference in the careers of aspiring researchers in the substance abuse field. Dr. Sobell has received several awards honoring his accomplishments, and is currently serving as President of the Society of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

Provost DePiano also recognized four finalists for the Provost's Research and Scholarship Award:

  • Bahaudin G. Mujtaba, DBA, H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Bernhard M. Riegl, PhD, Oceanographic Center
  • Mahmood S. Shivji, PhD, Oceanographic Center
  • Jeffrey Y. Thompson, PhD, College of Dental Medicine

Photo Caption: Mark B. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, Center for Psychological Studies, receives Provost's Research and Scholarship Award from Provost Frank DePiano.

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