Dean Karen Vorst announced to the College community on June 24th that Jerry Dias (Chemistry) and Michael Kruger (Physics)were awarded UM Curators’ Professorships. Nomination and selection of Jerry and Michael for these Professorships were based on their outstanding achievements in creativity and research.
Dias’ appointment was based on his pioneering research in the chemistry and molecular architecture of bile acids and tetracyclic triterpenoids, and on his work in the graph-theoretical classification of benzeniod compounds, an area in which he is arguably the world’s foremost authority. He has been a prolific publisher, with three books, 185 papers and over 1700 citations.
Kruger’s appointment was based on his numerous innovative and diverse accomplishments in ultra-high-pressure solid-state physics and geophysics. Michael has a strong publication record in top journals, including Physics Review Letters and Science, and he has a strong record of external funding including the prestigious “NSF-Career Award.”
Professors Dias and Kruger join an elite group now at eleven and five previous Curators’ Professors and Curators’ Teaching Professors in the College.