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The University has announced the two newest recipients of Presidential Professorships.
Professor Linden Lewis, sociology, and Professor Timothy Strein, chemistry, will begin their three-year appointments this fall. They join 30 other faculty members who have received Presidential Professorships since the Board of Trustees established the honor in 1972.
Originally funded by grants from the Hewlett and Mellon foundations, Presidential Professorships honor outstanding teaching and scholarship by some of Bucknell's most distinguished faculty. They reward recipients with valuable opportunities to pursue intensive scholarship, travel to lectures and conferences, work on publications and enhance their teaching.
Endowed academic positions are funded by external gifts and benefit the University in perpetuity by helping Bucknell attract and retain exceptional faculty. These positions are a top priority of the WE DO Campaign.
"Professors Lewis and Strein are two of Bucknell's most accomplished scholars and teachers," said Provost Mick Smyer. "They inspire their colleagues as well as their students, they lead and serve the University community, and they help ensure a strong academic program through their example."
A sociology faculty member since 1991, Lewis is a Caribbean scholar whose focus includes race, gender, culture and history. His areas of expertise include politics, masculinity, labor and sovereignty, with a particular focus on the intersection of gender and human rights.
A scholar and mentor to junior faculty, Lewis challenges his students to think critically and encourages an atmosphere of democratic debate in his classroom.
The professorship will allow him to complete an extensive biography of the late Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, the first president of Guyana.
As chemistry chair, Strein sets a standard of excellence for his colleagues. He teaches introductory and advanced courses in analytical chemistry as well as separation science and biophysical chemistry. Since Strein joined Bucknell in 1992, more than 80 of the students in his research lab have presented and published, and the majority have gone on to pursue graduate or professional training.
During his Presidential Professorship term, Strein plans to work with students to pursue two research goals: a project aimed at understanding how ions move when under the influence of localized and dynamic voltage fields, which will help position Bucknell for renewal of his grant from the National Institutes for Health; and continuing a collaborative venture with Professor David Rovnyak's group aimed at understanding how naturally occurring bile acids aggregate with one another to form structures that can bind selectively with chiral molecules.