Stark Geology Professor Receives University Research AwardPosted Apr. 12, 2013
Professor Carrie Schweitzer, Ph.D., a Kent State University at Stark faculty member in the Department of Geology, was one of three Kent State professors recognized during a ceremony as the university honored its Outstanding Research and Scholar Award recipients. Joining Schweitzer as this year’s research award recipients were Kent Campus faculty members Michael Loderstedt from the School of Art and Katherine Rawson from the Department of Psychology.
The awards ceremony, which was sponsored by Kent State’s Division of Research, was held in March at Ludwig Recital Hall on the Kent Campus. The program honored the three faculty members for their notable scholarly contributions that have brought acknowledgement to their fields of study and to Kent State. Of the 18 nominees for the award, these recipients were selected based on the quality of their research and scholarship and its impact on society.
In his nomination of Schweitzer, Dr. Daniel Holm, professor and chair of the Department of Geology, stated, “Her incredible research productivity is a testimony to her careful field work all over the world, her keen mind and her diligent, non-stop work ethic.”
Being named as a recipient of this significant award came as a welcomed surprise to Schweitzer. “I am honored and humbled by the recognition. It has been made possible by the support of my family and my colleagues at both the Stark and Kent campuses who have worked with me to make my dual professional interests in teaching and research possible,” she said.
A faculty member in Kent State Stark’s Department of Geology since 2000, Schweitzer is an internationally recognized expert in decapod crustaceans. She has published more than 120 technical books and papers since 1997. Her research in paleontology focuses on systematics and biogeography. She is co-author on the revision of the Decapoda volume of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, which is the benchmark for research in the field. She has worked diligently to develop new ways of using the morphology of the preservable remains of crabs and other decapods to ferret out phylogenetic relationships. Schweitzer’s skills and abilities have twice won her nominations for the Schuchert Award, given annually to the most promising paleontologist under the age of 40 by the Paleontological Society. She has been co-principal investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), including the prestigious Assembling the Tree of Life Grant, and the National Geographic Society (NGS). Currently, she is principal investigator on an NSF grant to study diversity patterns in fossil decapods and co-principal investigator on an NGS grant to continue research in China.
Speaking on behalf of the campus, Kent State Stark’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Ruth Capasso says, “Kent State University at Stark is very proud of the research conducted by Dr. Schweitzer, particularly because a scholar of her caliber is also a dedicated teacher who shares our commitment to student learning. In addition to making discoveries which advance her discipline, she regularly instructs undergraduate students at all levels, providing a true model of scientific inquiry and service.”