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Atkinson and Gunderman named IUPUI Chancellor's Professors

May 8, 2014

IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz, Ph.D., recently bestowed the appointment of Chancellor’s Professor upon two outstanding faculty members at the IU School of Medicine: Simon J. Atkinson, Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of medicine and biochemistry and molecular biology; and Richard Gunderman, professor and vice chair of radiology and imaging sciences.

The Chancellor’s Professor is the most notable appointment a faculty member can attain at IUPUI. It recognizes senior faculty members who display a record of extensive accomplishment and leadership in teaching, research and campus/professional service.

"It is always gratifying to recognize men and women who distinguished themselves as members of our world-class faculty. I am proud to recognize three exemplary professors who have earned the appointment of 2014 Chancellor’s Professors," Dr. Bantz said.

Linda Adele Goodine, MFA, professor of photography at the IU Herron School of Art and Design, was also named a 2014 Chancellor's Professor.

Chancellor’s Professors are faculty who have consistently contributed at a high-level and in concrete, demonstrable ways to the development of IUPUI as an academic community of exceptional quality and integrity, and to their disciplines through the creation and application of knowledge. These faculty members have compiled an outstanding career in each of the three primary areas of faculty work-teaching, research/creative works and service-over the course of at least a decade of service to the campus. The entire university community has enjoyed lasting benefits from the intellectual rigor, passion and accomplishments of these faculty members. Through their leadership and service in their department, their school and across campus, these faculty members have contributed significantly to the mission and vision of IUPUI.

Simon Atkinson

Simon Atkinson, Ph.D.

Simon J. Atkinson, Ph.D. 

Dr. Atkinson also serves as professor and chair in the Department of Biology at the School of Science at IUPUI. He is a cell biologist who applies his work to understanding applications of basic biology in kidney diseases, especially the critical problem of kidney ischemia. He is an internationally recognized kidney biology researcher with consistent National Institutes of Health support. 

Dr. Atkinson’s interactions extend far beyond nephrology, with numerous scientific collaborations with investigators across campus as well as from the Herman B. Wells Institute Center for Pediatric Research at the IU School of Medicine, where he has a joint appointment.

An outstanding educator with a distinguished teaching record, Dr. Atkinson has consistently and strongly contributed to the IUPUI teaching mission at all levels. He has 41 publications in highly respected peer-reviewed journals and five review articles; and he has demonstrated extensive leadership in the graduate area by serving as a graduate program director, leading major curriculum developments and running graduate admissions. He also has a service record that is remarkable and productive in every issue.

Dr. Atkinson has provided outstanding service to the campus, discipline and higher education, and his unique combination of intelligence, patience, diplomacy, understatement, tenacity, focus and humor has made him an influential voice at the school, campus and university levels.

Richard Gunderman

Richard Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D.

Richard Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Gunderman is also a faculty member in pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts and philanthropy, which bespeak the campus-wide character of his contributions and have helped build interdisciplinary collaborations, foster a sense of intellectual community and raise the level of excellence at IUPUI in many areas, especially the schools of medicine, liberal arts and philanthropy.

Dr. Gunderman is a creative and insightful scholar of education. The radiology textbook he wrote for medical students has been translated into multiple languages and is now in its third edition. He is a dedicated and engaged mentor of residents, as well as undergraduate, graduate and medical students.

He has received many awards for teaching excellence at the local and national levels and is a sought-after speaker on the national and international stage -- delivering over 390 invited lectures including 74 keynote addresses, 55 grand round presentations and 32 named lectures. He is also very active in community service.

Dr. Gunderman has consistently demonstrated an exceptional level of achievement in education, scholarship and service that has contributed locally, nationally and internationally to the reputation of IUPUI. Additionally, he has helped build important bridges across departments and schools on campus, achieving real synergies and fostering a more integrated and effective institution of higher learning.

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