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Awards / Honors

'Great faculty make a great university'

April 29, 2014
By Tony Phifer

Six remarkable days. During that time span, two of CSU's best and brightest faculty members were elected to prestigious academic organizations.

Ed Hoover is CSU's sixth professor elected to the National Academy of Sciences.It’s been one remarkable week for Colorado State University and its faculty.

On April 23, Diana Wall was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, becoming the first woman from the University to be included in the prestigious organization of global thinkers.

Six days later, Edward Hoover was elected to the National Academy of Science, becoming the sixth CSU faculty member elected to that organization.

Changing the world

So now the rest of the world knows what the campus has long recognized: CSU is home to an amazing faculty doing life-changing research and teaching.

“Our faculty are among the leaders in the nation in research productivity – and their hands-on scholarship is at the heart of the outstanding education we provide our students and the transformational impact we’re able to have on global problems like climate change, hunger and infectious disease,” said Colorado State President Tony Frank. “The induction this week of two of our University Distinguished Professors – Diana Wall and Ed Hoover – into the national academies is an outstanding tribute both to their achievements and to CSU’s stature as one of the nation’s premier research universities.”

Ever-expanding club

CSU now is home to nine national academy members. Barry Beaty, professor of microbiology, immunology, and pathology; Marshall Fixman, professor emeritus of chemistry; Albert Meyers, professor of chemistry (deceased); George Seidel Jr., professor emeritus of biomedical sciences; and A.R. “Ravi” Ravishankara, professor of chemistry and atmospheric science; join Hoover in the National Academy of Science.

Bruce Ellingwood, professor of engineering; Larry Roesner, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering; and Thomas Vonder Haar, professor of atmospheric science; are members of the National Academy of Engineering.

Diana Wall is just the second CSU professor elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Hoover, a veterinarian in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences, is a pioneer in his field of pathology and the study of infectious diseases such as feline leukemia and chronic wasting disease. He led the development of a vaccine, currently used worldwide, to prevent feline leukemia virus infection.

“CSU is enormously proud of Dr. Hoover’s induction into the National Academy of Sciences,” Frank said. “His pioneering work on the feline leukemia virus and chronic wasting disease has transformed our understanding of how disease spreads among populations – and how we can slow that spread in the interest of public and animal health. At CSU and across the country, he’s had a profound impact as a scholar, innovator and educator, and this is an outstanding acknowledgment of an outstanding career.”

Second addition to NAS this year

Hoover is CSU’s second addition to NAS this year. Ravishankara, longtime director of the Chemical Sciences Division of the Earth System Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, joined the faculty in January. Ravishankara is a recognized leader in research related to the understanding of ozone layer depletion, climate change and air quality.

A.R. Ravishankara joined the CSU faculty in January.Wall is one of CSU’s most recognized scientists for her research in sustainability and climate change. Her election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences adds to an impressive resume that includes winning the Tyler Prize, being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and induction into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

'Extraordinary impact'

“Diana Wall is one of the world’s most respected environmental scientists and one of the most influential scholars on the subject of global climate change,” Frank said. “Her induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is a fitting tribute to the extraordinary importance and impact of her work – and all of us at CSU join in congratulating her on this outstanding achievement.”

 Wall’s research in Antarctica on soil biodiversity and its role in climate change has drawn worldwide praise. She is a professor of biology at CSU and director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

CSU’s only other member of the AAAS is Fixman, who is the only CSU faculty member to hold membership in both the AAAS and NAS.