Three UNLV faculty members have been selected to receive Barrick Awards for the 1996-97 academic year.
The three recipients are Warren Burggren, professor of biological sciences and interim dean of the College of Sciences; Joseph McCullough, professor of English and chair of the English department; and Lawrence Walker, associate professor of biological sciences.
Burggren and McCullough were chosen to receive the Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award, an honor that carries with it an unrestricted cash award of $5,000 for each recipient.
Walker will receive the Barrick Scholar Award, a tribute that carries with it an unrestricted cash award of $2,000.
The three professors were recommended for the award by a faculty selection committee.
Burggren's research interests are in developmental physiology, comparative animal physiology, and environmental and ecological physiology. He is particularly interested in the development and evolution of respiratory and cardiovascular systems. He has received numerous grants over the years in conjunction with his research.
He is the co-author of the book, "The Evolution of Air Breathing in Vertebrates," and also has written numerous book chapters and articles. He also has edited several books.
Burggren, who came to UNLV in 1992 to chair the biological sciences department, earned his doctoral degree from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. He also has a bachelor's degree from the University of Calgary in Canada.
McCullough, an expert on the works of American humorist Mark Twain, specializes in 19th century American literature, American humor, and bibliography and methods. He is the coeditor of the book, "The Bible According to Mark Twain: Writings on Heaven, Eden and the Flood." He also has written or edited numerous other books and articles, including several on short story writer and novelist Hamlin Garland.
McCullough, who has received several awards, twice has served as a Fulbright lecturer in American literature ? at the University of Athens in Greece in 1985-96 and at the University of Helsinki in Finland in 1980-81.
McCullough, who has taught at UNLV since 1969, has earned three degrees in English. He holds a doctoral and a master's degree from Ohio University as well as a bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University.
Walker's research interests involve using nutrient cycling, demography, and physiological ecology to explain the mechanisms of species replacements in plant succession.
The author of numerous scientific articles, Walker is in the process of editing a book concerning the ecosystems of disturbed ground. He has received numerous grants and awards during his career.
Before coming to UNLV in 1992, he taught at the University of Puerto Rico where he specialized in landslide and post-hurricane succession.
Walker earned a doctoral degree in ecology from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. He also earned a master of science degree in botany from the University of Vermont in Burlington and a bachelor's degree in botany from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt.
Funding for the Barrick Awards is provided to UNLV by Las Vegas philanthropist Marjorie Barrick.
For additional information about the Barrick Awards, contact the provost's office at (702) 895-3301.