Fahui Wang Named LSU Distinguished Research Master

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Dr. Fahui Wang, 2022 Distinguished Research Master in the Arts, Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences

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BATON ROUGE—Fahui Wang, Cyril & Tutta Vetter Alumni Professor in the LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology in the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences and associate dean of the LSU Pinkie Gordon Lane Graduate School, has been named as a 2022 Distinguished Research Master by the LSU Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED). Two recipients are chosen by ORED’s Council on Research for the University-wide award of Distinguished Research Master each year.
Wang received the Distinguished Research Master Award in the Arts, Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences category in recognition of his outstanding career accomplishments in research and scholarship. The Council on Research has presented the award of Distinguished Research Master since 1972.
“Dr. Wang is a remarkable scholar and has made impactful contributions in not only his field of research, but also in his dedication to his students,” said Troy Blanchard, dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. “His scholarship is exceptional, and he is most deserving of this award.”
“Professor Wang is perhaps most remarkable for the breadth and depth of his research topics. His research is significant not just for the academic community, but for various communities including the underrepresented ones as he is working with health, transportation and crime which all have the common denominators of economics and social justice,” said Dr. Joyce Jackson, chair of the Department of Geography & Anthropology.
Joining the Department of Geography & Anthropology in 2007, Wang's primary area of research focuses on GIS applications in human geography (urban, economic, transportation), city and regional planning, and public policy (crime and health).  He has published more than 150 articles in prestigious journals, authored five books, and is ranked among the top 1% most cited researchers in Geography in the world.
”My research focuses on computational social sciences using a technology Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The best work in this area needs to be actionable or make a difference in the real world through public policy. This takes communication skills and a commitment to disseminating the results to the broad scientific community and the public. I have always made a conscious effort to make advanced and sophisticated algorithms and techniques easy to understand and be replicated by a large audience," said Wang. "I can attribute my modest success in both teaching and funded research to developing automated GIS tools in user-friendly programs for students, academia and professionals.”
Wang has received funding from prominent federal sources including the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, he is also the recipient of a fellowship from the Université Grenoble, the LSU Distinguished Faculty Award, and the LSU Senior Scholar Rainmaker Award.
He received his PhD in City & Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.  
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