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Distinguished Research Lecture

The Distinguished Research Lectureship is among the highest honors bestowed by the faculty upon a faculty member at CU-Boulder. Each year, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research requests nominations from faculty for this award, and a faculty review panel recommends one faculty member as a recipient.  

The lectureship honors a tenured faculty member widely recognized for a distinguished body of academic or creative achievement and prominence, as well as contributions to the educational and service missions of CU-Boulder.

The recipient presents a lecture in the spring or fall following selection and receives a $2,000 stipend.


Nominees for the Distinguished Research Lectureship must be CU-Boulder faculty members who are:

  • Tenured members of the faculty who have been at CU-Boulder for at least five years,
  • Extremely distinguished nationally/internationally for scholarship, research, and creative work,
  • Highly regarded for contributions to the University of Colorado and to its national/international reputation.

Nomination Procedure

Any faculty member may nominate another member by submitting to the Vice Chancellor for Research the appropriate supporting materials, including:

  • A statement (2-3 pages) explaining the importance of the nominee’s research or creative work in his/her field and summarizing the research record,
  • A current record of the nominee’s accomplishments;
  • A limited number of letters from experts outside CU-Boulder (as well as inside letters if appropriate),
  • If an applicant is not a recipient, the submission will be in a pool of submissions for the following year. It may be appended as necessary before the next application deadline.

Basis of Awards

The selection of the Distinguished Research Lecturer is based on the research and creative record of the nominee as presented in the nomination application and as recognized by experts in the field.  


11:59 PM MST, February 29, 2016



See past recipients of the Distinguished Research Lectureship

The 2015 Distinguished Research Lecturers are:

Doug Seals -  Integrative Physiology

Diane McKnight - Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering

Zoya Popovic - Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Doug Seals – “Can We Achieve Optimal Longevity?  From Cells to the Community: The New Translational Physiology of Healthy Aging”

The lecture will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 4pm in Glenn Miller Ballroom


Doug Seals

Doug Seals is a Professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder. He obtained B.S. degrees in Education and Business from William Jewell College, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Exercise and Applied physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and postdoctoral research training in Aging and Applied Physiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. After an initial tenure-track faculty position at the University of Arizona, he moved his laboratory to the former Department of Kinesiology at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1992, while creating the first-ever joint appointment in the CU School of Medicine (Divisions of Geriatric Medicine and Cardiology). 

Professor Seal’s primary research interest is to establish lifestyle and pharmacological strategies that optimize physiological function with aging and thereby extend the period of healthy life (“healthspan”). Much of his recent work has focused on preventing vascular aging (the major cause of cardiovascular disease), and promoting translational physiological approaches in biological and biomedical aging research. Professor Seal’s laboratory provides scientific training at the undergraduate, M.S., Ph.D. and postdoctoral levels. His research has been continuously funded by research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), particularly the National Institute on Aging (NIA), since 1986. 

Professor Seal’s founded an NIH Clinical Translational Research Center at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1999, which provides a core facility for conducting biomedical research on human subjects. He also established the first formal Responsible Conduct of Research program for the CU-Boulder campus and served as its director in 2011. He has taught undergraduate courses in physiology, and graduate courses in the physiology of aging, as well as professional skills for the research scientist.  In recent years, he has engaged in extensive public outreach efforts to promote healthy aging practices in the community, including a CU on the Weekend series in the spring of 2015.

Awards: In 2008, Dr. Seal’s was named Professor of Distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado. In 2004, he received a 10-year MERIT Award from NIA to support his research on cardiovascular aging. He was named by the American Physiological Society as its 2013 Edward F. Adolph Distinguished Lecturer for his work in the physiology of aging.

Diane McKnight – The McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica: Ecosystems waiting for water.”

Diane McKnight 2015 Distinguished Research Lecturer

Diane M. McKnight is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado. She is Director of the Center for Water, Earth Science and Technology, and Co-director Hydrologic Sciences Graduate program. Her research focuses on the biogeochemistry of natural organic material and trace metals in streams and lakes, and the consequences for water supplies. She has conducted research on stream ecosystems as part of the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research (MCM-LTER) project and on alpine lakes and acid mine drainage streams in the Rocky Mountains. She has been President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography and editor of Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences. She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012 and was awarded the John Dalton Medal from the European Geophysical Union in 2015.

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Zoya Popovic –The Wireless World: 50 cell phones sold per second!”

Zoya Popovich 2015 Distinguished Research Lecturer 

Zoya Popovic is a Distinguished Professor and the Hudson Moore Jr. Endowed Chair of Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado. She obtained her Dipl.Ing. degree at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and her Ph.D. at Caltech. She has graduated over 50 PhDs and currently advises 15 doctoral students in various areas of high-frequency electronics and microwave engineering. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the recipient of two IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) Microwave Prizes for best journal papers, the White House National Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Faculty Fellow award, the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Issac Koga Gold Medal, the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)/HP Terman Medal and the German Humboldt Research Award. She was named IEEE MTT Distinguished Educator in 2013. She has a husband physicist and three daughters. 

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