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Research Honors Outstanding Scholarly Publications


Brian Downes, Ph.D. (left) accepts his award for Outstanding Scholarly Work from Kenneth Olliff, SLU's vice president for research during the inaugural Scholarly Works reception May 2 in Pere Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall. Downes was one of six SLU faculty members honored as part of the Office of the Vice President for Research's expanded programs promoting SLU research. Submitted photo

Six SLU faculty members were honored for their outstanding scholarly achievements, with special emphasis placed on exemplary publications, at the first Scholarly Works reception hosted by the Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR). The six winners, drawn from across the University’s research community, received $1,000 and a leather-bound journal during the May 2 event in Pere Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall.

The event is part of the University’s promotion of faculty research and innovation through expanding programming under the Office of the Vice President for Research including workshops, guest speakers and other events.

The winners included:

  • Joel Goldstein, J.D., Vincent C. Immel Professor of Law, for his book, The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden, published last year by the University Press of Kansas.
  • Pauline Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor of Chinese religions and cultures, for her book , A Book to Burn and a Book to Keep (Hidden): Selected Writings of Li Zhi, published by Columbia University Press in June 2016. Lee’s book is the first English translation of the Confucian thinker’s writings, which were considered heretical during his life time.
  • Brian Downes, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, for his collaborative article, “A MUB E2 structure reveals E1 selectivity between cognate ubiquitin E2s in eukaryotes,” published in Nature Communications.
  • Monica Matthieu, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work, for her work as co-author of the article “The impact of a civic service program on biopsychosocial outcomes of post 9/11 U.S. military veterans,” published this year in Psychiatry Research with K.A. Lawrence and E. Robertson-Blackmore.
  • Phyllis Weliver, Ph.D., associate professor of English, for her interdisciplinary digital project, Sounding Tennyson. The project is the first project in the The Tennysons Archive, which is the first digital archival grouping of Tennyson items.
  • Matt Grawitch, Ph.D., School for Professional Studies, for his work spanning several formats with the American Psychological Association on its psychologically healthy workplace initiative.

(Left to right) Brian Downes, Ph.D., Pauline Lee, Ph.D., Phyllis Weliver, Ph.D., Matt Grawitch, Ph.D., Joel Goldstein, Ph.D., and Kenneth Olliff, vice president for research, stand together at the first Scholarly Works reception May 2. The five and Monica Matthieu, Ph.D., (not pictured) were honored for their recent, prestigious publications which ranged from books to journal articles. Submitted photo