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Physicist Chakraborty, biologist King selected for 2011 Presidential Research Professorships

April 5, 2011
Dhiman Chakraborty and Richard King

Dhiman Chakraborty and Richard King

One is shedding light on the subatomic bits of matter that are the building blocks of nature, while the other is contributing to the understanding and conservation of reptiles and amphibians.  

Despite such disparate fields of research, physicist Dhiman Chakraborty and biologist Richard King, the newly named 2011 Presidential Research Professors at Northern Illinois University, share much in common.

“Drs. Chakraborty and King are both premier scientists in their respective fields,” says Lisa Freeman, NIU vice president for research and graduate studies.

“Their respective contributions to the fields of particle physics and conservation biology are recognized nationally and even internationally. Their work has inspired new ways to view and study the world around us,” Freeman says. “Both Drs. Chakraborty and King involve NIU students in their research and field work. Their commitment to developing the next generation of scientists increases the impact of their work and our university.”

The Presidential Research Professorship is NIU’s top recognition for outstanding research or artistry. The award has been given out annually since 1982 in recognition and support of NIU’s research and artistic mission. Award winners receive special financial support of their research for four years, after which they carry the title of Distinguished Research Professor.

The awards will be presented during the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony and Reception beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium.

Click on the link below for a closer look at this year’s Presidential Research Professors.