ASU appoints Regents faculty for 2023

November 17, 2022

4 professors are considered among the best researchers of the most innovative school in the country

Arizona State University on Thursday announced its four Regents for 2023 — the most prestigious and highest award possible.

Considered the best and brightest scholars, Regents professors bring honor and distinction to their disciplines and are considered the finest scholars ASU has to offer. Less than 3% of all ASU faculty hold the title.

To receive this designation, they must be recognized by their peers nationally and internationally. On November 17, their names were submitted by ASU President Michael M. Crow and quickly approved by the Arizona Board of Directors.

“Arizona State University is home to a world-class, gifted and inventive faculty,” Crow said. “The 2023 cohort of Regents faculty represents the highest level of scholarship and cutting-edge teaching, and the far-reaching impact that an individual commitment to leadership and discovery can have in helping propel learners, higher education and society forward.”

ASU requires that all nominations for Regents Professor come from groups of tenured professors. An advisory committee evaluates all nominations following an established review process. Crow then reviews the recommendations and forwards them to the Arizona Board of Directors for final approval.

“These Regents professors are a cohort of nationally recognized scholars and pioneers in their fields,” said Nancy Gonzales, executive vice president and provost of the university. “The varied disciplines from which they come are characteristic of the culture of faculty excellence found in all areas of study at ASU.”

The new Regents teachers

Stacy Leeds – the new dean of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, as well as a Foundation professor of law and leadership. Leeds has served on the judiciary of 10 tribal nations. She has also served in several institutions within the Ministry of the Interior and the National College of the Judiciary.

Huan Liu — professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2014, he received the ASU President’s Award for Innovation.

Michael Lynch — professor at the School of Life Sciences and director of the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009 and has received several lifetime achievement awards for his work in genetics and molecular biology.

Alexandra Navrotsky — Professor at the School of Molecular Sciences and the School of Matter, Transport and Energy Engineering, and Director of the Navrotsky Eyring Center for Materials of the Universe. She is also the first female Princeton University faculty member to be elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences and the first woman to win the Harry H. Hess Medal.

Learn more about them

Stacy Leeds

Leeds is considered one of the most important figures in Indian law and politics. She is a frequent contributor to major Native American law publications, is a regular panelist and guest speaker at Indian law events around the world, and has delivered more than 20 keynote or distinguished speeches. Leeds was the first Native woman in the United States to serve as Dean of Law at the University of Arkansas Law School from 2011 to 2018.

She has won several awards for her work and scholarship. In 2006, she received the Clyde Ferguson Jr. Award from the American Association of Law School, and in 2013 she won the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association. Leeds received the Cherokee National Statesmanship Award in 2014. She is an elected Fellow of the American Law Institute.

Leeds’ accomplishments include publishing books and articles, developing new courses, connecting with the Native American community, grants, and mentoring Native students.

Huan Liu

Portrait of Huan Liu

Liu is widely considered a pioneer in AI research that is exceptionally broad compared to most other AI researchers. He focuses on the development of computational methods for data mining, machine learning, and social computing.

His contributions to big data include the development of AI models that can impact healthcare, social media, and mis/disinformation, among other areas. In terms of use-inspired research, it actively collaborates across disciplines to tackle today’s societal issues. They include detecting misinformation, fighting cyberbullying for teens, preserving user privacy, developing algorithmic solutions for socially responsible AI, and, in collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers, the improving our country’s water sustainability.

Liu’s research has resulted in 10 US patents and he has graduated 33 doctoral students whose work has won numerous awards.

Michael Lynch

Portrait of Michael Lynch

Lynch’s research focuses on uncovering the mechanisms driving evolution at the genomic, cellular, and organismal levels. In recognition of his impact on the field of evolutionary biology, he has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Aging, National Science Foundation, and the US Department of the Army.

He has been hailed as the world’s foremost quantitative geneticist, and his 1998 book “Genetics and Analysis of Quantitative Traits” has received nearly 10,000 citations and is considered the seminal work in quantitative genetics. His book “The Origins of Cellular Architecture” has become the go-to reference in the fields of biodiversity, the evolution of genomic complexity, and the roles of genomic complexity and population size on mutation and evolution. His next book “The Origins of Cellular Architecture” will be the first to strongly integrate the theory of evolution into cell biology.

In addition to his research leadership, Lynch has advised 51 postdoctoral fellows, 34 doctoral students, and 17 master’s students, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in academia.

Alexandra Navrotsky

Portrait of Alexandra Navrotsky

Navrotsky has been described as the world’s foremost scientist in the field of thermochemistry of minerals and related solid-state materials. His discoveries have been of fundamental importance in solid state chemistry, geochemistry, materials science and engineering, exoplanetary chemistry and materials for space exploration.

She is a driving force in the creation of eight major interdisciplinary programs at ASU and in the United States. The impact of his research can further be measured by nearly 1,000 scholarly works, with over 35,000 citations and collaborations with academics and researchers in industry and government.

More recently, the American Ceramic Society established the Navrotsky Prize for Experimental Thermodynamics of Solids, named after Professor ASU. The award is considered one of the highest awarded to a scientist.

Editor’s note: The titles will be officially awarded at a ceremony on February 9.

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