MANHATTAN — Kansas State University is honoring five professors as 2017 university distinguished professors, a lifetime title that is the highest honor the university bestows on its faculty members.
The following professors are receiving the distinction: Phillip Klebba, professor and head of biochemistry and molecular biophysics; Timothy Musch, professor of kinesiology and anatomy and physiology; Anil Pahwa, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Yan Soibelman, professor of mathematics; and Kun Yan Zhu, professor of entomology.
“Our five newest university distinguished professors truly display high-caliber leadership in teaching, research and service,” said April Mason, university provost and senior vice president. “Their accomplishments are key in our goal to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025, and I want to congratulate them on their newest achievement in becoming university distinguished professors.”
The distinguished professors are appointed following a universitywide nomination and evaluation process conducted by the provost. All five faculty members will receive a personalized plaque and medallion at the university’s fall 2017 commencement ceremonies.
Musch is a faculty member in the departments of kinesiology as well as anatomy and physiology. He is the co-director of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Cardiorespiratory Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory. His research interests include the mechanisms associated with exercise performance in health and disease focusing on chronic heart failure.
He came to Kansas State University in 1993 and served as the College of Human Ecology’s interim associate dean for research and scholarship from 2013-2015. He has received more than $4.8 million in research funding from a variety of national organizations, including the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. He has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and his work has been cited more than 7,000 times.
Musch is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Physiological Society. He also is a member of the American Heart Association and has served on the Scientific Advisory Council for the American Federation for Aging Research.
He has provided service to numerous national scientific organizations, including NASA, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Physiological Society and the National Institutes of Health. He has been an associate editor and manuscript reviewer for several journals.
He received the national New Investigator Award in 1986 and the national Citation Award in 2013 from the American College of Sports Medicine. He also received the national Arthur C. Guyton Educator of the Year Award from the American Physiological Society in 2013. At Kansas State University, he has received the 1998 Presidential Award for Undergraduate Teaching and the 2014 Zoetis Award for Excellence in Research.
Musch was a postdoctoral fellow in cardiovascular physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, now the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He earned his doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1981 and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in physical education from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974 and 1972.
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