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Recipient of 2018 Outstanding Research Award Announced

Written by: Communicator StaffApril 21, 2018

Written By: Ben Bailey

IPFW Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Bruce Kingsbury, was announced as the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Research Award.

Kingsbury, who has been employed at IPFW for over 25 years, said that he was honored to receive the award.

“This award is not for a particular creative event. Instead this award is for, and is in recognition of a history of productivity in an area.”Kingsbury said.

Recipients of the Outstanding Research Award also receive a cash prize of $2,500.

Last year’s recipient was mechanical engineering professor Zhuming Bi who conducts applied research in sustainable manufacturing.

In addition to productive work ethic and beneficial research into ecology and conservation of imperiled reptiles.

Kingsbury said community relations play a key role in deciding the right recipient for the award.

“There is another element to this award… The person who gets this award is attempting to convey this research to the community as well,” Kingsbury said.

Kingsbury said his approach throughout his entire career is to conduct basic and applied research in ways that speak to members of the community, as well as local policy makers.

To accomplish this, Kingsbury is a regular presenter at community events where he gives lectures and leads discussions on various environmental topics and issues.

Kingsbury is the director of IPFW’s Environmental Resources Center.

The ERC, which is a Center of Excellence at IPFW, attempts to coordinate scientific and environmental research with community engagement and policy making.

The ERC’s mission statement reads: “The mission of the Environmental Resources Center is to promote the understanding and conservation of the natural resources of the region through scientific research, educational opportunities and outreach.”

While Kingsbury is kept busy through his community commitments, time in the classroom, and administrative responsibilities, which include directing IPFW’s Environmental Resources Center, Kingsbury also continues his research into the ecology and conservation of imperiled reptiles.

Kingsbury said, along with his students, he is discovering more about the threats reptiles face as well as how to mitigate those threats to maintain sustainable populations.

Kingsbury said that his interest in snakes and other reptiles stems from a childhood fascination that never dissipated with age.

“Like a lot of kids I liked that stuff, I just never grew out of it. I remained interested in a lot of wildlife that some people find odd. I’ve always had the interest, but as I got older I became more aware of the fact that if we really want to protect them we have to take more of an active roll,” Kingsbury said.

To find out more about Dr. Kingsbury and his work, visit his website at http://users.ipfw.edu/kingsbury/