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2018 Regents Distinguished Research Award Winners

Oklahoma State University has honored six faculty with the 2018 Regents Distinguished Research Award. Recipients are selected based on evidence of outstanding and meritorious research achievements and are recognized nationally and internationally in their fields of study. The winners were honored at the 2018 Convocation in December.

The winners:

Dr. Federico AimeFederico Aime, Ph.D., Professor and William S. Spears Chair of Business Administration, Department of Management
Spears School of Business

Federico Aime is a respected researcher in the field of strategic management with a record of impactful publications in premiere academic journals. Aime is known for frequently publishing in the discipline’s top academic publication, the Strategic Management Journal. He is considered an expert in the area of strategic leadership and has made contributions in the areas of top management team decision making, team microdynamics, and micro-processes of organizational activity. Aime is regarded as a selfless scholar who strongly supports and promotes the work of his doctoral students. His students consistently take academic jobs at some of the best schools in the nation. He has also extended his service internationally, initiating a collaboration with Moi University in Kenya that has help graduate more than 20 Kenyan doctorate students in the last eight years.



Dr. Kristen BaumKristen Baum, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Integrative Biology
College of Arts & Sciences

A professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, Kristen Baum has been the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI for grants totaling more than $7 million awarded to OSU. Her research focuses on the effects of land use and management practices on pollinators, including native bees and monarch butterflies. Baum is known for her tremendous support for undergraduate researchers, including mentoring more than 75 students on independent research projects. She is a co-director for OSUTeach, which works to increase the number of qualified students pursuing degrees to teach science and math in secondary grades. Baum has won numerous awards including the College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, the Land Grant Award for Excellence and the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award.




Dr. Jason DeFreitasJason DeFreitas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, the Department of Health and Human Performance
College of Education, Health & Aviation

While relatively new to Oklahoma State University, Jason DeFreitas has, none-the-less, amassed an impressive publication and funding record. He has authored or co-authored 74 peer-reviewed publications in national and international journals. He has helped secure more than $365,500 in external funding for research projects. That number includes more than $155,000 in funding awarded as a principal investigator since coming to OSU in 2013. To gauge the impact of his work, his research publications have been cited more than 1,100 times, with 894 since joining the OSU faculty. DeFreitas is also a gifted mentor of doctoral students. In order to recruit the best and brightest in his field, he fosters a challenging, intellectual climate that foster’s innovation. That climate improves the marketability of his students.




Elizabeth GrubgeldElizabeth Grubgeld, Ph.D., Professor, Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences

Since coming to OSU in 1986, the scholarship of Elizabeth Grubgeld in Irish and British literature has brought her international recognition and credit from colleagues for raising the profile of the OSU Department of English. Much of her work has shined a scholarly light on Irish author George Moore (1852-1933), renewing interest in the novelist and autobiographer. Grubgeld’s first book, an award-winning study of Moore, led in part to the founding of the International George Moore Society. Including the Moore study, her scholarly output includes three books on Irish autobiography, 28 peer-reviewed articles and 38 presentations at academic conferences around the world. Grubgeld’s scholarship continues to influences her students. She has directed 19 theses and dissertations in the fields of Irish literature, autobiography and modernism.




Dr. Amanda Sheffield MorrisAmanda Sheffield Morris, Ph.D., Professor and George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Child Development, Department of Human Development and Family Science
College of Human Sciences

Though Amanda Sheffield Morris is a past recipient (2013) of the Regents Distinguished Research Award, colleagues agree that her research quality and output make her deserving of the award once again. She is recognized as an expert in fields focusing on the social development and emotional adjustment of infants, children and adolescents, and the role of parents in the emotional development of children. Morris’ work includes community outreach initiatives such as Oklahoma’s University for Parents that teaches participants about the importance of parenting and child development. Since being named a Regents Distinguished Research Award recipient in 2013, Morris has published more than 30 journal articles with more than 5,600 citations. Her total citations now number more than 10,400. Her research has led to nearly $4.5 million in funding.



Dr. Ashish RanjanAshish Ranjan, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Kerr Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research, Department of Physiological Sciences
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

Ashish Ranjan investigates the innovative use of device-directed nanoparticle treatments for chronic diseases, including cancer. He is considered a leader in this growing field of focused ultrasound disease intervention. Ranjan has translated his research in dog cancer patients to demonstrate targeted treatment to kill tumors using an ultrasound device. His laboratory has received or has active funding from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, and the Department of Defense. Ranjan has completed 16 funded research projects, and the cutting-edge research from his OSU lab has generated more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles in the last five-years. Recognition of his work includes receiving the Presidents Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Regents research award, and the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence.



Dr. Kelvin WangGlenn Zhang, Ph.D., Professor and Boulware Endowed Chair, Department of Animal and Food Sciences
Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

A molecular immunologist, Glenn Zhang’s research focuses on development of novel alternatives to antibiotics, which in livestock production have been banned from production use by the Food and Drug Administration. He has developed several innovative antibiotic-free strategies for use in both humans and livestock. Zhang has received research funding of more than $6.7 million and published 65 peer-reviewed papers in high-impact journals including Science. His articles have been cited more than 6,500 times. Zhang has served on grant review panels for all major federal funding agencies and has been honored with awards from the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and national organizations. His honors include the Sigma Xi Young Investigator and Chapter Lecturer awards, the James A. Whatley Award for Meritorious Research in Agricultural Sciences, and induction into the National Academy of Inventors.