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University Distinguished Professors recognized for research impact

NDSU Provost Beth Ingram recently recognized two University Distinguished Professors for the high impact of their research. Mukund Sibi, University Distinguished Professor of chemistry and biochemistry and James A. Meier Professor, and Lawrence Reynolds, University Distinguished Professor of animal sciences, were acknowledged for achieving an h-index in excess of 50.

The h-index measures both the productivity and citation impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar. The more papers that have been cited and the more citations per paper, the higher the h-index.

“This achievement, the first by faculty at NDSU, recognizes the high impact of their published work in their respective fields throughout the world,” said Ingram. “With the large commitment NDSU has made to faculty excellence in all areas, and our ongoing effort to expand research in the Grand Challenges areas recently identified as part of the NDSU strategic vision, I am confident that more faculty will achieve this level of worldwide impact in the future.”

As part of the strategic vision process initiated by the Provost’s office last spring, the Research and Discovery Task Force identified three Grand Challenges:

• Food Systems and Security

• Healthy Populations and Vital Communities

• Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Societal Infrastructure

According to Ingram, a fundamental theme of NDSU’s strategic vision is an enriched approach to research and discovery, one that recognizes the NDSU's position as a student-focused, land-grant, research university.

Sibi is a previous recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Faculty Service Award, the Waldron Award, the Hogoboom Endowed Professorship and the Engberg Endowed Professorship. He also is director of the Center for Protease Research funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. His research in synthetic organic chemistry focuses on new synthetic methodology, asymmetric synthesis natural product synthesis and new materials.

Reynolds is a past recipient of the NDSU Faculty Lectureship, the Eugene R. Dahl Excellence in Research Award of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and several national professional awards. He also is director of the Center for Nutrition and Pregnancy at NDSU. His research focuses on problems of pregnancy, such as poor maternal diet and their effects on fertility, fetal development and parturition, with the long-term goal of improving pregnancy outcomes and post-natal health in livestock and humans.

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