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Alumni of the Year Award

The 2023 College of Science Alumni of the Year awardee is Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton, class of 1979, 1981 and 1984. Among her many notable accomplishments, her research on Alzheimer's has led to critical insights into the causes of the disease as well as cutting-edge therapeutics to treat it. 

Celebrating Dr. Brinton

Roberta Diaz Brinton

Alumni of the Year Recipients

Dr. Brinton is one of the university’s most distinguished research leaders as she is a Regents Professor of pharmacology, neurology, psychology, neuroscience, and pharmacology and toxicology. She also is the director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science and holds appointments in the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, the Neuroscience Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, the BIO5 Institute and Clinical Translational Sciences.

Her research on Alzheimer’s disease has led to critical insights into the causes of the disease as well as cutting-edge therapeutics to treat it. At the Center for Innovation in Brain Science, she leads an innovative hybrid academic/biotech research ecosystem that supports multiple levels of research.

Although her extensive research achievements alone make her an internationally recognized leader in the field, Dr, Brinton also is a leader in training the next generation of scientists — both at the university, as an educator, trainer and mentor, and beyond, through her professional leadership in national organizations.

In a career at the University of Arizona spanning over 30 years, Edgar J. McCullough Jr. made fundamental changes to the university’s approach to science education, transformed the geology program into a top-ranked program in geosciences and served as dean of the newly formed College of Science. Read more about Dr. McCullough and meet all the awardees here.

Scientist with an impressive career as an educator and in research with a commitment to investigating environmental health factors and servicing underrepresented populations.

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Globally recognized and top planetary scientist with leadership roles in the planetary science community.

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Accomplished physicist with a remarkable career influencing space and aviation. A pioneer in mapping the moon.

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Internationally recognized researcher making significant strides in parasite biology and working to improve health on a global scale.

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Recognized leader in astronomy who currently is the executive officer of the American Astronomical Society.

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Clinical and Forensic Psychologist.

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Prominent experimentalist in nuclear physics.

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Organic chemist who spent 35 years at 3M Company in a variety of chemistry, engineering and management positions.

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Known world-wide for his work on lightning and thunderstorm electricity. 

NASA Astronaut has logged a total of 306 days in space on three missions. 
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Specializes in industrial development and was instrumental in the development of the UA Science and Technology Park.

Had a 36 year career with worldwide responsibility for all Geoscience in ExxonMobil Development Company.

A Global Community of Science Alumni

The College of Science has alumni in 6 continents and 93 countries across the globe.