Indiana University celebrated the appointment of 15 faculty members as distinguished professors during virtual symposia starting Oct. 21. Distinguished professor is the highest academic title for IU's most outstanding and renowned scholars and researchers. This is the largest number of new distinguished professors to be appointed in the university's history.
The record number is being recognized in honor of IU's Bicentennial Year and to highlight the remarkable research, scholarship and creative accomplishments of IU's past and present faculty as well as their public impact over the past 200 years.
Below are brief biographies of the appointees:
Lisa Blomgren Amsler
Lisa Blomgren Amsler is the Keller-Runden Professor of Public Service in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Her research examines dispute systems design and the legal infrastructure for collaboration, dispute resolution and public participation in governance. She has co-edited three books and authored more than 120 articles, monographs and book chapters. She joined the IU faculty in 1989 after practicing labor and employment law.
Lynda Bonewald is a professor of anatomy and cell biology and of orthopedic surgery in the School of Medicine. She is the founding director of the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health, which has more than 100 members from 36 departments on four campuses. She has been continually funded by National Institutes of Health for more than 30 years and is responsible for tools used by researchers globally to determine osteocyte biology and function.
Filippo Menczer is a professor of informatics and computer science in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering. His research, supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, McDonnell Foundation and Democracy Fund, focuses on web and data science, social network analysis, social computation, web mining and modeling of complex information networks. His work on the spread of information and misinformation on social media has been covered by many national and international news outlets.
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