Five are appointed curator’s professors

Monday, November 15, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:00 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 11, 2008

Five MU faculty members were honored last week with the curator’s professorship award at the annual Faculty Recognition Banquet.

Nelson Cowan was named curator’s professor of psychological sciences. Cowan is researching the ways to measure the capacity of working memory and how it changes with development of childhood.

Jere R. Francis was named curator’s professor of accountancy. Francis is the director of the accounting doctoral program and teaches auditing, financial accounting and strategic financial analysis. His research examines the economic structure of the auditing industry and the effects of auditing on the quality of corporate financial reporting.

Bina Gupta was named curator’s professor of philosophy. Gupta’s research areas include comparative philosophy and Asian, Indian and Buddhist philosophy. She is director of the South Asia language and area program at MU.

Steven Hofmann was named as curator’s professor of mathematics. Hofmann’s research interests include harmonic analysis with applications to partial differential equations.

Raymond Semlitsch was named curator’s professor of biological sciences. Semlitsch’s research focuses on understanding basic ecological and behavioral processes that allow amphibians to persist in human-altered landscapes and on developing management and conservation solutions for declining species.

The curator’s professors are recommended by the chancellor because they are considered a resource for the entire University of Missouri system.

Those who receive the honor are expected to lecture on other campuses and engage in teaching and research across divisional lines.

Recipients of the award receive a yearly stipend of $10,000, which lasts until the professor retires. Half of the stipend is to be used for research, and the rest can be used to supplement the professor’s salary.

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