USD faculty members receive President’s Awards

USD faculty members receive President's Awards
Two University of South Dakota faculty members were recently honored for their outstanding achievements in the areas of research and creative activities. The awards were announced on Oct. 25 as a highlight to President's Research Day at the university.

The award for "Early or Mid-Career Faculty" was given to Lee Ann Roripaugh, an assistant professor in the department of English since 2000. Roripaugh won the 1998 National Poetry Series competition for her first book of poetry, Beyond Heart Mountain. Her second book of poetry, Year of the Snake, won the 2003 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Awards and the 2004 Association for Asian American Studies Poetry/Prose Book Award.

More recently, Roripaugh has enjoyed success as a fiction writer. She published a story in 2005 in the prestigious North American Review and another of her stories has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

In the category of "Established Faculty," the President's Award for Research Excellence went to Dr. Keith Weaver, a 17-year faculty member at USD. Weaver teaches in the fields of basic biomedical science and researches as a member of the Infectious Disease Group. His research specialty area is the pathogenesis of gram-positive bacteria and his experimental approach is a sophisticated combination of complex molecular biology and physiology.

Throughout his career, Dr. Weaver has obtained grant support from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and other sources.

Dr. Laura Jenski, vice president for research says, "Professor Roripaugh and Dr. Weaver are superb examples of the contributions the USD faculty are making in the areas of research and creative work. They are worthy recipients of this honor."

For more information, contact Laura Jenski at

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