Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: KU to present University Scholarly Achievement Awards on May 11

Monday, April 18, 2016

As a research university, KU has a special responsibility. In addition to educating leaders and building healthy communities, we’re responsible for the discoveries and innovations that improve lives, create jobs, and help us better understand ourselves and our world. This responsibility is primarily borne by our talented faculty, who seek out knowledge and share it with the world.

With this special responsibility in mind, it is my pleasure to share with you the recipients of this year’s 2016 Scholarly Achievement Awards, which recognize five KU mid-career faculty for significant scholarly or research achievement. The awards celebrate achievement in four areas — arts and humanities; clinical sciences; science, technology, and mathematics; and social science and professional programs — and over the past six years have been presented to some of our most distinguished and talented faculty scholars.

This year’s winners are:

  • Christie Befort, associate professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (clinical sciences)
  • Wen-Xing Ding, associate professor, Department of Pharmacy, Toxicology and Therapeutics (clinical sciences)
  • William Elliott, associate professor, School of Social Welfare (social science and professional programs)
  • Peter Grund, associate professor, Department of English (arts and humanities)
  • Greg Rudnick, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy (science, technology and mathematics)

These five researchers have excelled in their fields and continue to embrace KU’s mission to make discoveries that change the world. Their research is novel and original, and they all show remarkable promise to continue advancing their careers in a way that benefits the world and elevates our university. I invite you to learn more about the winners here.

We will host an awards ceremony and reception for the five recipients at 5 p.m. May 11 at The Commons in Spooner Hall on the Lawrence Campus. I urge you to mark this event on your calendar and join us in celebrating the achievements of your colleagues.

Thank you for all you do to help KU fulfill its mission of discovery.


Bernadette Gray-Little

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Chancellor's Vision

The mission of the University of Kansas is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

We will do that by raising the expectations we have for ourselves, the aspirations we have for our state, and the hopes we have for our world.