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Lodge and Polasky named University of Minnesota Regents Professors

Honorees receive U’s highest faculty accolade

June 20, 2013

Timothy P. Lodge and Stephen Polasky have been named Regents Professors by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. The designation is the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University.

"Professor Lodge and Professor Polasky epitomize the University of Minnesota’s role as a world-class public research institution and land-grant university," said University President Eric Kaler. "Through innovation and a willingness to challenge the status quo, they have enhanced our understanding of complex, global issues."

 Timothy P. Lodge, Distinguished McKnight Professor
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, College of Science and Engineering

 A renowned polymer scientist whose scholarly reputation is far-reaching and international, Lodge has served the University of Minnesota with distinction for three decades with an outstanding record of research, teaching and service.

 Lodge is one of the most productive, innovative and influential polymer scientists in the world, focusing his research on the structure and dynamics of polymeric systems. He has published more than 300 papers on his groundbreaking research, while developing an unparalleled laboratory. Potential applications of Lodge’s work include improved delivery of medicines within the body, solution viscosity modification and nanostructure templating.

A sought-after teacher and adviser, Lodge is an outstanding classroom instructor who created the popular Polymer Chemistry course. He has advised and trained more than 100 students and post-doctoral associates who are heavily recruited by industry or who have attained faculty positions at prestigious universities.

Lodge was recognized as a Fellow of the American Chemistry Society (2010) and the Association of the Advancement of Science (2009). He is one of the few scientists in the world to be awarded both the American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry (2009) and the American Physical Society Polymer Physics Prize (2004).

 Stephen Polasky, Fesler-Lampert Professor of ecological/environmental economics
Professor, Department of Applied Economics, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences; resident fellow, Institute on the Environment

Among the first scientists to integrate economic thinking into conservation biology, Polasky has inserted a crucial element into debates ranging from energy production to land use and habitat conservation.

Polasky’s research combines natural and social science, and specifically ecology and economics, to better understand the dynamics of social-ecological systems. Through this unified approach, he hopes to successfully address the dual challenges posed by sustainable development: to promote the economic growth necessary to provide all people with a decent standard of living, while maintaining ecosystem processes and environmental quality essential to support human well-being over the long-term.

Internationally renowned for his research and scientific contributions, Polasky was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. He was also recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009) and the Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.

Polasky originally came to the University of Minnesota in 1999.

About the Regents Professorship
The Regents Professorship was established in 1965 by the Board of Regents to recognize the national and international prominence of faculty members. It serves as the highest recognition for faculty who have made unique contributions to the quality of the University of Minnesota through exceptional accomplishments in teaching, research and scholarship or creative work and contributions to the public good. The additions of Lodge and Polasky increase the total number of current Regents Professorships to 30.

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