Nutritional sciences professor Rick Eisenstein and entomology professor Rick Lindroth have been appointed Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professors and Douglas D. Sorenson Professors.
The five-year professorships come with a total of $75,000 in flexible funds, including $50,000 from the university’s Vilas Trust and $25,000 provided by CALS, specifically from a UW Foundation account established by Douglas and Juanita Sorenson. The funds can be used for books, research travel, supplies or similar expenses incurred in pursuit of scholarly activity. After the professorships end, Eisenstein and Lindroth can keep the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor title for the duration of their UW-Madison careers.
Rick Eisenstein, professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, is an expert in iron metabolism and the post-transcriptional control of proteins required for the uptake, storage, and use of iron. Recently, his research efforts have focused on understanding how iron metabolism and erythropoiesis are coordinated in health, but discoordinated in disease states. Earlier this year, he was selected to receive the 2016 Osborne and Mendel Award from the American Society for Nutrition for his outstanding basic research accomplishments in nutrition.
Rick Lindroth, professor in the Department of Entomology, is internationally recognized for his research in chemical ecology with particular emphasis on how plant chemistry mediates ecological interactions, and how these interactions may be affected by global climate change. Lindroth is a former Fulbright Scholar and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Ecological Society of America.