University of Idaho Recognizes Distinguished Professors

Monday, April 2 2012


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho announced today that Carolyn Hovde Bohach, professor of food science, and Holly Wichman, professor of biological sciences, have been selected to the rank of University Distinguished Professor.

“Our faculty’s commitment to excellence is a key component of our students’ success,”said M. Duane Nellis, president. “These remarkable faculty members have earned a level of national and international recognition that befits Idaho’s flagship university. Their love of students, learning and community exemplify all that is best about our university and higher education.”

Carolyn Hovde Bohach, professor of food science in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, joined the University of Idaho over 20 years ago and has brought distinction to the university through her creative scholarship and research, teaching and public service.

Bohach is the director of the Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program. The National Institutes of Health-funded program collaboratively builds biomedical research expertise at nine Idaho universities and colleges and the Boise VA Medical Center.

She is an internationally acclaimed scholar in microbiology, whose current investigations have been published in leading scientific journals. Bohach is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and received the American Society for Microbiology's national award for undergraduate teaching.

Holly Wichman, professor of biological sciences in the College of Science, joined the University of Idaho in 1988 and has been a leader in interdisciplinary research since her arrival.

Displaying visionary leadership, intellect, and energy, Wichman co-founded the interdisciplinary Initiative for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST), which catalyzed extensive collaborative research, teaching, and significant extramural research funding from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Wichman’s scholarly work is published in top journals, and she engages students in active learning in the classroom and in the laboratory.

The rank of distinguished professor is bestowed annually to recognize sustained excellence, as judged by peers, in scholarly, creative, and artistic achievement; breadth and depth of teaching in their discipline; and university service as well as service involving the application of scholarship, creative, or artistic activities that address the needs of one or more external publics. Members of the faculty who have attained the rank of Professor and have served at the university a minimum of seven years are eligible for consideration.
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