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Meet Our Faculty

Professors in LAS are setting the curve and advancing knowledge.

It’s a simple but impressive fact about life at U of I. The professor teaching our classes and running our labs may be a National Medal of Science recipient, a MacArthur "Genius" Award honoree, or a prize-winning novelist.

  • LAS faculty have earned prestigious honors that include: Nobel and Crafoord Prizes, the National Book Award, the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching U.S. Professors of the Year Award, and Guggenheim, Sloan, and Fulbright Fellowships.
  • They also include members of: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Science, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • In fact, every month our faculty win awards and achieve honors.

Meet just a few of these distinguished faculty

May Berenbaum Entomologist May Berenbaum is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since 1984, she has organized the U of I annual Insect Fear Film Festival, and in 2014 she was awarded the National Medal of Science for her leadership in advancing the field.

Alejandro Lleras Psychologist Alejandro Lleras received an Early Faculty CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. His work explores fundamental questions of perception.

Lisa Lucero Anthropologist Lisa Lucero, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, led the first team to dive in the sacred pools of the southern Maya lowlands in Belize. She is also on the American Anthropological Association’s Task Force on Climate Change.

Albert Feng Molecular and integrative physiologist Albert Feng developed an intelligent hearing aid that filters out background noise. This research is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.

Jeffrey Moore Chemist Jeffrey Moore is a pioneer in self-healing materials, involving a novel approach to manipulate matter and drive chemical reactions to a desired end. He is a fellow of the American Chemical Society and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Janice Harrington Poet and children’s author Janice Harrington, who teaches creative writing in the English department, received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Her first book of poems received the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.