ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 26, 2005) -- Ohio University has named David Drabold, professor of physics, the 2005 recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award. He is the 45th recipient of the award, which is considered the highest academic honor at the university.
The award recognizes scholarly accomplishment, professional reputation and contribution to the university. The lifetime designation provides one quarter of professional leave and the privilege of naming one undergraduate student to receive the Distinguished Professor Scholarship.
"It really is a tremendous honor -- it's a great privilege," Drabold said.
Drabold has taught at the university since 1993. His research is focused in theoretical condensed matter physics with emphasis on glasses and amorphous materials and developing novel computational techniques to study glasses and other materials in an efficient and realistic manner. Recently, he has been modeling light-induced processes in solar cells and the dynamics of silver in glasses.
Drabold said the Distinguished Professor Award impresses him because it represents such a breadth of knowledge, because recipients of the award made impressive contributions to such a diversity of disciplines. "The Distinguished Professors are a benevolent voice for research at the university," he said.
In spite of his research and the award, Drabold doesn't try to take all the credit.
"A lot of the reason I'm getting this award is because of the outstanding graduate students I've worked with," he said.
He also has been honored in the past by being named a fellow for both the American Physical Society and the United Kingdom Institute of Physics. In 2002, he was appointed by then-Ohio University President Robert Glidden as a presidential research scholar. He has also been a visiting fellow commoner at Trinity College, Cambridge.
He earned his doctorate in physics from Washington University in 1989 and bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Akron in 1982 and 1983, respectively. An Akron, Ohio, native, Drabold is a 1978 graduate from Cuyahoga Falls High School.
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