More than 20 Miami professors among top 2% of researchers based on analysis of citations

Recent Stanford study identifies top scholars

By Jessica Rivinius, university news and communications

More than 20 Miami University faculty members are among the top 2 percent of the world’s researchers, according to a recent Stanford University study. Based on an analysis of citations, the study identified the top scholars among nearly eight million authors in 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields.

“Studies such as this one continue to confirm that Miami has a world class faculty who are committed to furthering their disciplines, acquiring new knowledge and using what they have learned to inspire the next generation of scholars,” said Miami President Gregory Crawford. “Miami has a vibrant research community filled with thought leaders and pioneers who propel science and society forward.”

Led by Stanford’s John Ioannidis, a team of scientists created a database of standardized citation metrics for both career-long and single year (2019) impact. Metrics with and without self-citations and ratio of citations to citing papers are given. The resulting analysis “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators” was published in the Public Library of Science Biology. 

“I am so pleased to see Miami scholars recognized as some of the most cited scientists in the world,” said Alicia Knoedler, vice president for research and innovation.”I believe it is also important that we recognize that our faculty’s impact and influence is not limited to academic journals. Publications and citations are just one dimension of Miami’s thriving research enterprise, which includes a broad and diverse community of scientists, scholars and creators whose work and influence contribute to the robust intellectual and creative environment that Miami provides to its students.”

Miami professors listed for career-long impact include: 

  • Helaine Alessio, chair and professor of kinesiology, nutrition and health.
  • A. John Bailer, University Distinguished Professor and chair of statistics. 
  • James Bielo*, associate professor of anthropology.
  • Michelle Boone*, associate professor of biology.
  • M.M. (Kelly) Cowan*, professor emerita of microbiology.
  • James Cox, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Gregory Crawford*, president and professor of physics. 
  • Thomas  Crist*, professor and chair of biology.
  • Michele Dickey*, professor of educational psychology.
  • Yildirim Dilek*, University Distinguished Professor of geology and environmental earth science.
  • Lisa Ellram*, University Distinguished Professor of management and James Evans Rees Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management.
  • Gilbert Gordon, distinguished research professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry. 
  • Benjamin Gung, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Ann Hagerman*, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Dominik Konkolewicz*, Robert H. and Nancy J. Blayney Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • Richard Lee*, University Distinguished Professor emeritus of biology.
  • Allen McConnell*, University Distinguished Professor and chair of psychology.
  • Jason Osborne, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and professor of statistics. 
  • Ann Rypstra*, University Distinguished Professor of biology and biological sciences and director of the Ecology Research Center.
  • Garold Stasser, professor emeritus of psychology.
  • Michael Vanni*, professor of biology.
  • Robert Weinberg, professor emeritus of kinesiology, nutrition and health.
  • Craig Williamson*, Ohio Eminent Scholar of Ecosystem Ecology. 

Those names starred* were also recognized for being a top scholar in 2019, as well as: