The Distinguished Professor Award recognizes outstanding scholarly and creative accomplishments and is the highest permanent recognition attainable by faculty at Ohio University. Recipients must have attained tenure and completed a minimum of five years of service at Ohio University.
Among the privileges granted to Distinguished Professors is the honor of annually naming an undergraduate student to receive a year's full-tuition scholarship, lifetime designation title of Distinguished Professor, a one-quarter paid research leave, stipend, and travel support.
The award, first given in 1959, is supported by an endowment provided by Edwin and Ruth Kennedy to the Baker Fund.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Baker University Center, Grand Ballroom, Fourth Floor
6:30 PM - Reception - Pre-function area outside the ballroom
7:00 PM - Portrait Unveilings and Lectures
Judith Yaross Lee
Sociable Sam: Mark Twain among Friends
Samuel Langhorne Clemens met thousands of people through his writing and travels as Mark Twain, and many of them turned up in his tales or shaped them in other ways. In this illustrated talk, Judith Yaross Lee draws on the Mark Twain archives to share details on the family, friends, editors, and others--including a pastor, a cook, and a delivery boy--behind “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog,” 1601, and other works by Mark Twain.
Alexander "Sasha" Govorov
Trapping Photons and Heat Using Nanocrystals
Nanocrystals are tiny pieces of a crystalline material. To appreciate the size of such objects, one can recall that one nanometer is the size of just ten hydrogen atoms. Nanocrystals have very unusual optical properties. They can trap and absorb light very efficiently, and they also can enhance the electromagnetic field of light. When nanocrystals are made of metals, they exhibit so-called plasmonic resonances. When the incident light excites a plasmonic resonance, a metal nanocrystal acts as a tiny “solar cell”, converting optical energy into heat and electricity. This talk will describe how plasmonic nanocrystals can be used for detecting biomolecules and for designing optical materials with useful and futuristic properties.
Dr. Lee is the Charles E. Zumkehr Professor and Director of Honors Tutorials in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. An interdisciplinary Americanist educated at Oberlin College (A.B.) and the University of Chicago (A.M., Ph.D.), she studies popular rhetorics in the contexts of media, social, political, and intellectual history. Dr. Lee is one of the world’s leading experts on American literary humor and an eminent scholar of Mark Twain. She has written 60 essays in scholarly books and learned journals along with three university-press books--Twain’s Brand: Humor in Contemporary American Culture (2012), Defining New Yorker Humor (2000), and Garrison Keillor: A Voice of America (1991)--which are in the libraries of more than 50 nations around the globe as well as in every U.S. state and Canadian province. Dr. Lee has lectured across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and held visiting professorships at Leiden University, The Netherlands; Bangkok University, Thailand; and the University of Helsinki, Finland. She has received the Provost’s Transformational Teaching Award (2010), Honors Tutorial College Outstanding Tutor Award (2010), and School of Communication Studies Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teacher Award (2010, 2015). In 2015, she won a Fulbright Scholar Award for research and teaching in The Netherlands as the 2016 Senior Professor of American Culture.
Dr. Govorov joined Ohio University in 2002 as an associate professor. He is an esteemed physics professor and researcher, who is credited for starting the field of chiral plasmonics and plasmonic assemblies. He is considered to be an expert regarding the theory of optical properties of nanomaterials and nanostructures, and some of his more than 200 published works on the subject are highly-cited by academic peers. His research has appeared in top academic journals such as Nature and Physical Review Letters. Dr. Govorov has organized 16 national and international conferences since 2007. Dr. Govorov is frequently invited to participate in academic conferences. Between 2006 and 2016, he has been invited to give 80 talks regarding his research. Dr. Govorov is Fellow of the American Physical Society (2012) and a recipient of Bessel Research Award (A. v. Humboldt Foundation, Germany), Ikerbasque Research Fellowship (Spain), E.T.S. Walton Visitor Award (Ireland), 2013 Chang Jiang Chair Professorship of the Scholar Program of MOE of China, 2014 Jacques-Beaulieu Excellence Research Chair Award (INRS, Montreal), and 2015 Arts & Sciences Outstanding Faculty Research and Scholarship Award at Ohio University. Dr. Govorov is a well-regarded professor and colleague who teaches and mentors both undergraduate and graduate students, and collaborates widely with his peers.
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis bestowed the 2016 Distinguished Professor Award on Alexander Govorov, Professor of Physics, and Judith Yaross Lee, Charles F. Zumkehr Professor of Communication Studies.
The prestigious Distinguished Professor award was established in 1959 and recognizes scholarly accomplishment, professional reputation and contribution to the University.
With the honor, Drs. Govorov and Lee will receive a lifetime designation, one semester of academic leave and the privilege of naming one undergraduate student annually to receive a Distinguished Professor scholarship.
Dr. Govorov is an esteemed physics professor and researcher who is credited for starting the field of chiral plasmonics and plasmonic assemblies. With over 140 published articles, many of which are highly-cited by his peers, Dr. Govorov has been asked to organize 25 national and international conferences, and has been invited to give close to 60 talks on his research.
Dr. Lee is an award-winning professor and scholar who is recognized as a leading authority on American literary humor, and is an eminent scholar of Mark Twain. She has held 3 positions as a visiting scholar/professor, has written 4 books, and has almost 60 published articles and essays on the subject of humor. Dr. Lee was recently named the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teacher in the School of Communication Studies.
June 1, 2016
June 1, 2016
April 29, 2016
February 23, 2016
February 19, 2016
November 6, 2015
October 19, 2015
September 30, 2015
September 22, 2015
August 17, 2015
July 15, 2015
May 1, 2015
March 16, 2015
March 10, 2015
February 10, 2015
August 4, 2014
May 2, 2014
May 1, 2014
March 3, 2014
Feb 2, 2014
May 3, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
Mar 5, 2013
November 25, 2012
June 8, 2012
John Kopchick named Distinguished Professor
Mar 5, 2012
August 31, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
Mark Halliday named Distinguished Professor
Mar 16, 2011
University mourns death of Distinguished Professor
Feb 10, 2011