From photosynthesis, eye health, to food and fuel, professor of distinction to recount her research

Barbara Demmig-Adams, the 2013 Professor of Distinction in the CU-Boulder College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss her research in a public presentation held to recognize the award and to highlight her work.

Barbara Demmig-Adams is the 2013 Professor of Distinction for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Demmig-Adams, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of its honors program, is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Old Main Chapel on campus.

Professor Demmig-Adams will discuss similarities in the protection of photosynthesis and human vision against damage by intense light, and will illustrate how teaching fertilized her research on identifying, and overcoming, limits to crop productivity and algal biofuel production.

Her talk is titled: “There and Back Again: 
From Photosynthesis and Eye Health to Food and Fuel.”

The honorific title College Professor of Distinction is reserved for scholars and artists of national and international distinction who are also recognized by their college peers as teachers and colleagues of exceptional talent.

Steven Leigh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said Demmig-Adams’ work has had very broad implications, including in renewable energy and photosynthesis. “Her discoveries have led to unexpected advances in renewable energy,” he said.

Demmig-Adams received her doctoral degree from the University of Würzburg, Germany, in 1984 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, in Stanford, Calif., from 1984 to 1986.

She joined the CU-Boulder faculty in 1989 and has since been recognized for both her teaching and research. She won the Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Teaching Award 2011-2012.

Demmig-Adams is among 28 faculty members at CU-Boulder who are listed being “highly cited researchers” by the Institute for Scientific Information. That designation, which was drawn from research published between 2000 and 2008, highlights scholars who made “fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology.”

Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation, ConocoPhillips Co. and others.

October 2013


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