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USF St. Petersburg campus faculty among the top two percent of researchers worldwide

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A study by Stanford University placed four faculty members from USF’s St. Petersburg campus among the top 2 percent of scientists in the world.

The professors were recognized for their single-year impact in 2020 based on research criterion metrics and other factors. The updated study by Elsevier and Stanford University comes from a database of more than 100,000 top researchers worldwide across all fields of study.

"This recognition is well deserved and speaks volumes about the innovative and transformative work being done by the faculty on our campus," said Deni Elliott, regional vice chancellor of academic affairs and vice provost at USF’s St. Petersburg campus. "Through their discoveries, they make a lasting impact on our communities, our region and our world." 

The honorees from USF’s St. Petersburg campus are:

  • Hossam Ashour, an endowed associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, who ranked 2,284 in the field of microbiology and 2,211 in the field of immunology out of a total of 165,244.
  • Barnali Dixon, a professor of geosciences and the co-director of the Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR), who ranked 461 in the field of geography out of a total of 51,126.
  • James McHale, a psychology professor and founder of the Family Study Center, who ranked 703 in the field of developmental and child psychology out of a total of 18,008.
  • Joan Reid, an associate professor of criminology and director of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) research lab, who ranked 113 in the field of criminology out of a total of 10,280.

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