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NSU Professors Bernard Riegl and Steven Kurtz Receive Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award



Bernhard Riegl, Ph.D., receives the Provost’s Scholarship and Research Award from Provost Frank DePiano. From left to right: Richard Dodge, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Oceanographic Center; Frank De Piano, Ph.D., Provost, Executive Vice President Academic Affairs; Bernhard Riegl, Ph.D., Associate Director of the National Coral Reef Institute and Professor, Oceanographic Center; George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., President.



On Oct. 23, Provost Frank DePiano, Ph.D., presented this year’s Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award to Bernard Riegl, Ph.D, and Steven Kurtz, Ph.D., at the External Funding Recognition Reception.

Riegl is the Associate Director of the National Coral Reef Institute and Professor at the Oceanographic Center. His career in coral reef research spans approximately two decades and a total of 123 peer-reviewed publications. Riegl is an internationally renowned scientist, and Geology editor of the international scientific journal Coral Reefs, and editor of the book series Coral Reefs of the World.  Since 1993, he has achieved an external funding record of approximately $25 million which has assisted in research on coral reefs and other tropical benthic biota, such as seagrass and algae. A biologist and geologist, Riegl’s research and publications have involved the paleontology, sedimentology, spatial dynamics, ecology, taxonomy and conservation biology of coral reefs and associated organisms. He is also active in hydrographic survey, particularly sonar-based seafloor discrimination, which he integrates with optical remote-sensing to provide high-resolution maps of the seafloor. He has conducted research in the Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, South Pacific, Eastern Pacific, tropical Atlantic and Caribbean waters.

Kurtz is director for the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities and professor in the Division of Applied Interdisciplinary Studies. An internationally renowned scientist, his research is helping to prevent and reduce substance abuse and HIV risk among vulnerable populations around the world.  Prior to joining NSU, Kurtz was Senior Scientist and Associate Director at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Delaware. He has authored more than 40 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and has presented research findings at numerous high impact scientific conferences.

Kurtz has a long and illustrious history of private and federally sponsored clinical trials and grants and has conducted research studies of substance use, sexual risk behaviors, the related health and social problems, and intervention approaches among adolescents, young adults, women sex workers, men who have sex with men, and other vulnerable populations since 1995. His work has been instrumental in the development and testing of effective interventions to reduce HIV infection among populations at high risk. Kurtz is an appointed member of the Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS Study Section at the National Institutes of Health. He currently serves as a peer reviewer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Center for Scientific Review.