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NDSU faculty named Sentinels of Science

Posted on 10/26/2016

Three NDSU faculty members were recognized with Publons' Sentinels of Science Awards on Sept. 23. The recipients were acknowledged as being within the top 10 percent in their field for contributions to the peer review process for journals and conferences during the past year.

Teresa M. Bergholz, assistant professor of microbiological sciences, was recognized among the Sentinels of Science, Immunology and Microbiology; Seth C. Rasmussen, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was listed among the Sentinels of Science, Materials Science; and Jeremy Straub, assistant professor of computer science, was named among the Sentinels of Science, Engineering.

"Contributing to the peer review process is an important part of being a researcher that can go unnoticed. It's great to be recognized for my contributions to this aspect of the research community," said Bergholz, who earned her doctorate in food science at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on functional genomics foodborne disease pathogens.

"Peer review of journal articles is a critical aspect of the scientific process that generally goes unrecognized. As such, it is rewarding to be highlighted for the time and effort that I put into these activities," said Rasmussen, who earned his doctorate from Clemson University. His research concentrates on the synthesis and characterization of conjugated organic materials and their application to optoelectronics devices such as photovoltaics.

"The review process is critical to maintaining the quality of and trust in scientific publications," explained Straub, who earned his doctorate at the University of North Dakota. "Acknowledgement of this work, such as the Publons Sentinels of Science awards, can drive increased interest in participation in this important process. Given this, I'm very pleased to be included among those receiving this year's awards," Straub's research interests include artificial and computational intelligence, aerospace applications of computer science, additive manufacturing and cybersecurity.

Publons is a research website with a mission to make the peer review process faster and more efficient. Through partnerships with publishers and journals, reviewers receive instant recognition for the reviews they perform. Publons is a limited liability company registered in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom.

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