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2014 Presidential Research Professors spread NIU’s reputation worldwide

April 15, 2014
Giovanni Bennardo, Ana Calvo and Nancy Wingfield

Giovanni Bennardo, Ana Calvo
and Nancy M. Wingfield

A trio of researchers with international reputations in anthropology, biology and history has been designated as this year’s Presidential Research Professors.

They are linguistic anthropologist Giovanni Bennardo, biologist Ana Calvo and historian Nancy M. Wingfield.

“This award is highly competitive and represents excellence at NIU and beyond,” said Interim Vice President for Research Lesley Rigg. “Because recipients are chosen by their peers, including other Presidential Research Professors, the quality of award recipients is of the highest caliber. The three winners this year represent the breadth and depth of NIU in terms of research quality and creative endeavors.”

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 financial support of their research for four years, during which they are expected to carry out a continuous program of research or creative artistry during the period of their appointments. After four years, they earn the title of Distinguished Research Professors.

The awards will be presented during the Faculty Awards Ceremony and Reception at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium.

Click on the names below for closer looks at the 2014 Presidential Research Professors.

NIU: Celebrating ExcellenceCelebrating Excellence at NIU, scheduled from April 12 to May 1, highlights the accomplishments and contributions of NIU students, faculty, staff and alumni to the university’s mission of promoting excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creativity and artistry and outreach and service during the academic year.