LSU and Campus Federal Credit Union Name 2012 Rainmakers
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Office of Research & Economic Development, with the support of Campus Federal Credit Union, has announced its annual Rainmaker Awards for Research and Creative Activity. Rainmakers are those faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized for innovative research and creative scholarship, compete for external funding at the highest levels and attract and mentor exceptional graduate students. The Rainmakers reception will be held on Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the Club at LSU Union Square.
“Since our inception, Campus Federal has been a staunch supporter of faculty excellence, and we can think of no better investment in the future of this university than the LSU Rainmakers,” said Ron Moreau, vice president of business development and community relations at Campus Federal Credit Union.
The 2012 Rainmaker are as follows:
- Prosanta Chakrabarty: Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science; Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Emerging Scholar
- Julia Buckner: Department of Psychology; College of Humanities & Social Sciences; Arts, Humanities, Social or Behavioral Emerging Scholar
- Rongying Jin: Department of Physics & Astronomy, College of Science; Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Mid-Career Scholar
- Ashok Mishra: Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness, College of Agriculture; Arts, Humanities, Social or Behavioral Mid-Career Scholar
- Rudolf Hirschheim: Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences, E. J. Ourso College of Business; Arts, Humanities, Social or Behavioral Senior Scholar
- Kam-biu Liu: Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, School of the Coast & Environment; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Senior Scholar
Chakrabarty, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in LSU’s College of Science and curator of ichthyology in LSU’s Museum of Natural Science, and Buckner, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology in LSU’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences, have received the university’s Rainmaker’s Emerging Scholar Award in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and Arts, Humanities, Social or Behavioral Sciences, respectively. Chakrabarty uses molecular and morphological phylogenetic techniques to better understand evolutionary processes in fish species. Buckner’s research focuses on explaining factors of anxiety disorders and substance use disorders and developing evaluation of treatment and prevention protocols for such disorders.
The Emerging Scholar Award recognizes junior faculty members exhibiting success at the assistant professor level as measured by significant contribution to the faculty member’s field of research or creative activity including publication in a high-impact journal(s); a highly cited piece of work; external awards; invited presentations at national and international meetings; high journal publication productivity; critically acclaimed book publication, performances or exhibits; or high-grant productivity. Chakrabarty and Buckner will each receive a one-time stipend of $1,000 and a plaque in recognition of their achievements.
Jin, professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy in LSU’s College of Science, and Ashok Mishra, professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness in the College of Agriculture, have received the Rainmakers Mid-Career Scholar Award in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and Arts, Humanities, Social or Behavioral Sciences, respectively. Jin’s research focuses on the development of novel complex materials with intriguing physical properties, and Mishra studies diverse topics in agricultural finance and policy.
This award recognizes faculty members at the associate professor or full professor level who exhibit a sustained program of excellence as measured by the criteria set forth in the emerging scholar category. Award winners in the Mid-Career Scholar category have been at LSU for 7-10 years. Jin and Mishra will receive a one-time stipend of $1,000 and a plaque in recognition of their achievements.
Hirschheim, Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information Systems in LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, and Kam-biu Liu, George W. Barineau III Professor of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences in LSU’s School of the Coast and Environment, have received the Rainmaker’s Senior Scholar Award in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, respectively. Hirschheim’s research interests include outsourcing and management of information systems. Liu studies ancient hurricane and climate history throughout the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic coasts, the Caribbean region and Central America, South America, the Tibetan Plateau, Central Asia, China and Africa.
This is recognition for a faculty member whose work is comparable to the quality of that considered for the Distinguished Research Master award or Boyd Professor designation. This award is typically reserved for a faculty member who has been promoted to full professor and has exhibited a sustained program of excellence as measured by significant contributions to the faculty member’s field of research or creative activity in the same previous criteria. Hirschheim and Liu will receive a one-time stipend of $1,000 and a plaque.
“We congratulate this year’s Rainmakers and thank them for their hard work, dedication and scholarly excellence,” said Thomas Klei, LSU interim vice chancellor of research & economic development. “We’re proud to have the support of Campus Federal Credit Union and their tireless support of LSU research.”