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Albert W. Johnson University Research Lectureship

The Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecture series is sponsored by Graduate and Research Affairs and the University Research Council and is supported, in part, through Instructionally Related Activities funds. The Albert W. Johnson University Research Lectureship is awarded annually to an SDSU faculty member for outstanding achievement in research and scholarship. Its purpose is to recognize such achievement, to foster its continuation, and to enable a distinguished resident faculty scholar to share his/her knowledge more broadly with and beyond the academic community. The recipient of this Lectureship delivers a public lecture during the spring semester and is named a Distinguished Professor in his/her discipline. The recipient also receives a $1,000 honorarium.

Selection of the Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecturer is based upon evidence of distinction and recognized achievement in research and scholarship. To permit a fuller evaluation of nominees, the nominator may solicit reviews and recommendations from off-campus scholars, as well as from the appropriate College Research Committee and Dean of the College in which the nominee holds appointment.

How to Apply

Nominations, limited to three pages, will relate the most notable contributions of the nominee and the significance of his/her work and be accompanied by a curriculum vitae. Persons making nominations are asked to contact the nominee to ascertain his/her willingness to accept the lectureship should it be offered. Letters of nomination, along with the Nomination Information Sheet, should be sent directly to:

Division of Research Affairs
ATTN: Albert W. Johnson Research Lectureship 
MC 1933

Persons nominated in previous years, but not selected, may be nominated again.

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Previous Lectures

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2010 and Beyond

March 14, 2014
Dr. Samuel Shen
2014 Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecturer and Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Statistics presents "Global Warming: How Do We Know It's Real?" in 201 Arts and Letters.

March 15, 2013
Dr. Karen Emmorey
2013 Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecturer and Distinguished Professor of Speech, Langauge and Hearing Sciences presents "The Signing Brain: What Sign Language Tells Us About Human Languages" in 201 Arts and Letters

March 16, 2012
Dr. Sanford I. Bernstein
2012 Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecturer and Distinguished Professor of Biology presents "Learning to Fly: Understanding the Basis of Muscle Function and Disease" in 201 Arts and Letters

March 11, 2011
Dr. John R. Weeks
2011 Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecturer and Distinguished Professor of Geography presents "The Power of Pixels: Using GIScience to Understand Global Health" in 201 Arts and Letters

March 12, 2010
Dr. James F. Sallis
2010 Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecturer and Distinguished Professor of Psychology presented "Research That Drives Change: The Case of Physical Activity" in 201 Arts and Letters.

2000-2009

March 6, 2009
Dr. John P. Elder
2009 Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecturer and Distinguished Professor of Public Health presented "Agents of Change: Improving the Health of a Nation" in 201 Arts and Letters.

March 19, 2008
Dr. Mark A. Sussman
2008 Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecturer and Distinguished Professor of Biology presented "Healing Broken Hearts: The Promise, Pitfalls and Potential of Stem Cells" at the J. Dayton Smith Recital Hall.

March 21, 2007
Dr. Walter Oechel
2007 Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecturer and Distinguished Professor of Biology presented "Global Change: Is the World Beyond Repair?" at the Aztec Athletic Center Auditorium.

February 28, 2006
Dr. Eugene Olevsky
2006 Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecturer and Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering presented "From Nano to Macro: Virtual and Physical Manufacturing of Advanced Powder-based Materials" at the Aztec Athletic Center Auditorium.

March 23, 2005
Dr. William Tong
2005 Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecturer and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry presented "Knocking on Avogadro's Door: Laser Based Fingerprinting Methods" in 140 Hardy Tower.

April 28, 2004
Melbourne F. Hovell
Professor of Public Health and Director, Center for Behavioral, Epidemiology and Community Health (CBEACH)
"The Health Race: Can Public Health Promotion Beat Disease?"

September 25, 2002
Edward P. Riley
Professor of Psychology and Director, Center for Behavioral Teratology
"Mother Boozes-Baby Loses"

1990-1999

May 10, 1999
Donna J. Thal
Professor of Communicative Disorders
"Late Talking Toddlers: Are They at Risk?"

April 16, 1997
Dipak K. Gupta
Professor of Public Administration and Institute for International Security and Conflict Resolution
"Collective Madness and Organized Anarchy: Clash of Identities"

March 29, 1995
Arthur Getis
Professor of Geography, The Stephen and Mary Birch Endowed Chair of Geographical Studies
"The Tyranny of Data"

October 29, 1992
Joseph W. Ball
Professor of Anthropology
"Ancient Maya Civilization Today: A New Understanding of the Maya Past and a New Role for Maya Archaeology Tomorrow"

November 14, 1991
E. Percil Stanford
Professor of Social Work
"Beyond the Graying of America: Who Cares"

February 21, 1991
Catherine Yi-yu Cho Woo
Professor of Chinese
"Luster of Jade: Poetry, Painting,and Music"

April 18, 1990
James E. Flood and Diane K. Lapp
Professors of Teacher Education Reading and Language Development Program
"Reading in America: A Progress Report"

December 1, 1988
Alvin D. Coox
Professor of History and Director, Japan Studies Institute
"The Unfought War: Japan 1941-1942"

1980-1989

April 25, 1988
Robert M. Kaplan
Professor of Psychology and Director, Center for Behavior Medicine
"Quality of Life: Expanding the Objectives of Health Care"

December 3, 1986
David Ward-Steinman
Professor of Music
"Structural Analogs in Music, Art, and Literature" and preview performance of original composition "Elegy for Astronauts"

November 14, 1985
Helen M. Wallace
Professor of Public Health
"Role and Health Status of Women in Developing Countries and the U.S."

December 13, 1984
Maurice S. Friedman
Professor of Religious Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Literature
"Restoring Relational Trust: The Challenge of the Third Millennium"

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2014 - 15 Deadline for Nominations

The 2014 deadline for nominations is November 7th, 2014.

Download the Nomination Information Sheet

Conditions & Eligibility

Applicants can either self-nominate or be nominated by another individual.

Eligibility for the Lectureship is restricted to SDSU faculty holding a full-time, tenure-track position at the time of nomination.

For More Information

Division of Research Affairs

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San Diego State University
5250 Campanile Dr.
Mail Code 1933
San Diego, CA 92182

Phone: 619-594-5938
Fax: 619-594-4109
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