Two USF Health faculty earn top USF research awards

Two faculty researchers from USF Health were awarded the 2012 Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award from the USF Office of Research & Innovation.

Eric Buhi, PhD, is assistant professor in the Department of Community & Family Health, College of Public Health. Dr. Buhi was nominated by his Department Chair, William Sappenfield, MD, MPH, professor and chair of the Department of Community and Family Health in the USF College of Public Health, who nominated Dr. Buhi for his work that earned him national recognition, as well as the 2011 Darroch Award for Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research from the Guttmacher Institute.

photo of Dr. Eric Buhi

Dr. Eric Buhi

In his letter of nomination, Dr. Sappenfield wrote:

“Dr. Buhi’s young professional work clearly captures the Darroch Award’s criteria as cutting-edge research that directly relates to prevention policies and programs.  The Guttmacher Institute award announcement on their website very nicely encapsulates his accomplishments: ‘Dr. Buhi’s innovative research focuses on the impact of technology and social media on the sexual health and experiences of adolescents and young adults. Dr. Buhi has published on the accuracy of sexual health resources online, abstinence-only education programs and the dynamics of sexual exchange in a college setting. His work has led to new understanding of how the Internet and social media affect both risk and protective behaviors among young people.’ ”

John Carter, MD, is associate professor and director of the Division of Rheumatology in Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine. He was nominated by Allan Goldman, MD, professor and chair of the USF Department of Internal Medicine, who nominated Dr. Carter for his published study titled “Combination Antimicrobial Therapy as a Treatment for Chlamydia-Induced Reactive Arthritis.”

photo of Dr. John Carter

Dr. John Carter

In his letter of nomination, Dr. Goldman wrote:

“The study resulted in a manuscript published in May 2010 in Arthritis and Rheumatism, the most prestigious rheumatology journal with an impact factor of 8.435. The article was felt to be so important that there was an accompanying editorial praising the study.”

Drs. Buhi and Carter were among nine who received an award in April, which included a check for $2,000 and a commemorative plaque.

The Outstanding Research Achievement Award recognizes faculty who have received truly exceptional recognition of their research with preeminent awards, grants or publications in top journals during the previous calendar year.

Given by the Office of Research & Innovation, the annual awards are designed to recognize and reward excellence in research and innovation by USF’s best scholars and investigators and inspire continued high-quality research, innovation, and entrepreneurship throughout the university.

This year, USF recognizes the 2010-2011 accomplishments of nine faculty members for their outstanding publications, awards and grants recognizing their scholarship and research. These awards are part of an open competition judged by the USF System Research Council to underscore the professional recognition that USF faculty have received from national and international peers during the past calendar year.

In addition to Drs. Buhi and Carter, the other Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award recipients this year are:

Dr. Roger Ariew, Professor and Chair of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
Shannon Bassett, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Community Design, College of The Arts
Dr. Marty Gould, Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Ivan Oleynik, Professor of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Sidney Pierce, Professor in Integrative Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Lindsey Shaw, Assistant Professor in Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Brent Small, Professor at the School of Aging Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences