Bernard Riegl, Ph.D., and Steven Kurtz, Ph.D. Receive Provost's Research and Scholarship Award
Provost Frank DePiano presented this year's Provost's Research and Scholarship Award, to two winners this year, Dr. Bernard Riegl and Dr. Steven Kurtz, at the October 23, 2012 External Funding Recognition Reception.
Dr. Bernard 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.
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
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.
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
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.
Mark Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, Receives Provost's Research and Scholarship Award
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.
Mark B. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, Center for Psychological Studies, receives Provost's Research and Scholarship Award from Provost Frank DePiano
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