CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Kelly Swanson, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois, has been named one of this year's University Scholars in recognition of his excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Swanson and four others from the Urbana-Champaign campus will be honored at a Sept. 13 ceremony at the iHotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., Champaign.
Begun in 1985, the scholars program recognizes faculty excellence on the three University of Illinois campuses and provides $15,000 to each scholar for each of three years to enhance his or her academic career. The money may be used for travel, equipment, research assistants, books, or other purposes.
“Exceptional faculty are at the very core of the University of Illinois’ standing as a global leader in education and innovation,” said Barbara Wilson, the executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs for the U of I System. “The University Scholars program honors the best of the best, and showcases the leading-edge scholarship and teaching that help transform students’ lives and drive progress for our state and nation.”
Swanson studies the effects of nutritional intervention on health outcomes. His research identifies mechanisms by which nutrients impact gene expression and host physiology, with a primary emphasis on gastrointestinal health and obesity. His nutrition-research projects include study of human subjects, companion animals, and rodent models.
The four additional recipients include Alison M. Bell, a professor of animal biology; Luisa-Elena Delgado, a professor of Spanish and Portuguese; Brian L. DeMarco, a professor of physics; and Lynford L. Goddard, a professor of electrical and computer engineering.