Each issue of Ohio Magazine is about the people, places and trends that define the rich culture of the Buckeye State.
In a special section of the December issue titled “Excellence in Education,” Ohio Magazine featured some of the most memorable educators from some of the state’s top colleges and universities, including four professors from The University of Toledo.
The UT educators included in the section were all named Distinguished University Professors last spring. They are:
• Dr. Karen Bjorkman, professor and interim chair of physics and astronomy. The section stated, “Karen S. Bjorkman is an observational astronomer who does research in the area of circumstellar disks, as well as teaching astronomy and astrophysics classes. She is actively involved in efforts to provide mentoring for young women in science and to increase the representation of women in science.”
• Dr. Vijay Goel, endowed chair and McMaster-Gardner professor of orthopedic bioengineering in the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine, and co-director of the Engineering Center for Orthopedic Research Excellence. “Vijay K. Goel has been instrumental in the development, implementation and assessment of the Department of Bioengineering’s subtract in orthopedic biomechanics, including teaching and research labs,” the article stated. “He also incorporates findings of basic and applied research in orthopedics into his classroom teaching.”
• Dr. Joan Kaderavek, professor of early childhood, physical and special education. “Joan N. Kaderavek is a nationally recognized scholar in early literacy and language development,” the special section stated. “She trains professionals to identify young children who are at risk for reading problems during the preschool years so that children avoid a lifetime of academic failure.”
• Dr. Ronald Viola, professor of chemistry. “Colleagues in the National Academy of Sciences attest to Ronald Viola’s reputation as a world-class scientist with expertise in the biosynthesis of several essential amino acids, their implications in the development of therapeutic agents, and the pathogenesis of disorders of amino acid metabolism,” according to the section.