Faculty at The U honored for research excellence in social, biomedical sciences

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Researchers from The University of South Dakota were honored with President’s Awards for Research Excellence for their work in advancing social science, chemistry and biomedical science at USD.

Recipients of the awards were Patrick Garry, Ph.D., J.D., associate professor of law, and Dr. Xuejun (XJ) Wang, M.D., Ph.D., professor of basic biomedical sciences, Garry was honored in the Early/Mid-career Faculty category while Wang's award was for Established Faculty. Gina Forster, Ph.D., assistant professor of basic biomedical sciences, and  Mary Berry, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, received honorable mention certificates in their respective categories. The faculty were recognized in a ceremony at Farber Hall during The U’s annual President’s Research Day on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Garry's most recent empirical legal research project involved the degree to which Native American tribes have incorporated First Amendment norms into their social and legal structures. Additionally, Garry served as director of a large federally funded research grant that studied trade and transportation laws in the upper northern Great Plains. Not only did he serve as project director, but Garry also published the findings of the research in an academic legal journal. A national authority on the First Amendment, Garry has been interviewed by the national media, including CBS and MSNBC. A photo of Garry is available for download at www.usd.edu/urelations/images/Patrick_Garry.jpg.

Wang, co-director of the M.D. and Ph.D. program in the Sanford School of Medicine, presently has funding from three National Institutes of Health R01 grants and an American Heart Association Established Investigator Award to support his area of primary research. He is currently developing new research centered on the theme of molecular pathogenesis, for which a future research center is planned. Wang was centrally involved in the cardiovascular Center of Biomedical Research Excellence awarded to USD in 2003. A photograph of Wang is available for download at www.usd.edu/urelations/images/XJ_Wang.jpg.

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