UNLV Announces 2018 Distinguished Professor Awards

Mar. 8, 2018

UNLV is pleased to announce the 2018 Distinguished Professor Award recipients – NV Energy Professor of Energy and Matter Kwang Kim, Ph.D.; Anthropology Professor Debra Martin, Ph.D.; and Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences Professor Gabriele Wulf, Ph.D.

The award recognizes professors for their teaching and scholarship as well as their service to the community, the university, and their profession. Winners are selected by a committee of their peers. As part of the honor, each recipient receives a $5,000 addition to his or her base salary.

The winners will be honored during the Academic Achievement Awards ceremony, set for 3 p.m. on April 18, 2018 in the Student Union.

Dr. Kim was selected for this award on the basis of his scholarly record, and numerous grants and projects totaling millions of dollars. The award recognizes his contributions to UNLV through mentorship of diverse graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and visiting scholars. Selection committee members also lauded Dr. Kim’s ability to conduct research, while maintaining substantial administrative roles, such as Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Martin was selected for the award for her record of scholarly achievement, grants and awards, and service to her profession. The selection committee praised Dr. Martin for her scholarly and field work in bioarchaeology, which examines the effects of violence on human populations. Her work in creating an internship program with the Clark County Coroner/Medical Examiner’s Office is helping the community better understand patterns of violent death in Southern Nevada.

Dr. Wulf was selected for the award based on her scholarly work and innovative teaching in kinesiology. The selection committee noted her published works, honors and awards, and the variety of courses that she teaches. Dr. Wulf’s work focuses on identifying key factors to learning motor skills and optimal performance, which can be applied to a number of fields such as sports, physical rehabilitation, performing arts, military training, and medical education.