May 16, 2019

Three professors to receive Purdue’s most prestigious research awards

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth

Three Purdue professors have been chosen to receive the University's most prestigious research awards.

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, professor of human development and family studies in the College of Health and Human Sciences, will receive the 2019 Lu Ann Aday Award for exceptional work in the humanities and social sciences. Wadsworth, who is also director and co-founder of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue, is being recognized for her conceptualization and development of a series of outstanding, innovative scholarly works of research on military and veteran families. She will present the Lu Ann Aday Distinguished Lecture at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 28 in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall.

Evgenii Narimanov Evgenii Narimanov

Evgenii Narimanov, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, will receive the 2019 Arden L. Bement Jr. Award for significant accomplishments in pure and applied science and engineering. Narimanov, who is also a faculty member in Birck Nanotechnology Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park, is being honored for pioneering the concept of hyperbolic metamaterials in the field of nanophotonics. He will deliver the Arden L. Bement Jr. Distinguished Lecture at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Fowler Hall.

Sabre Kais Sabre Kais

Sabre Kais, professor of chemistry in the College of Science, will receive the 2019 Herbert Newby McCoy Award for outstanding work in the natural sciences. Kais, who also has courtesy appointments in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Computer Science, is being recognized for his creation of novel quantum computing algorithms for chemical calculations and the formulation of finite size scaling algorithms for assessing the stability of atomic and molecular systems. He will deliver the McCoy Distinguished Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Fowler Hall.

Writer: Angela Roberts,

Contact: Pam Burroff-Murr, director of research communications, Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, 765-496-3381,

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