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Hall of Fame 2008


2008 Honorees

Clifford Bob, J.D., Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Dr. Bob's research spans international and comparative politics, focusing on human rights, transnational activism, and global governance. Funding includes the U.S. Institute of Peace and the American Council of Learned Societies. His book, The Marketing of Rebellion, won the International Studies Association's 2007 best book award and was named a "top book" of 2006 by The Globalist.


Aleem Gangjee, Ph.D.
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mylan School of Pharmacy

Dr. Gangjee, Distinguished Professor in the Mylan School of Pharmacy, is an internationally recognized medicinal chemist and one of Duquesne's most prolific researchers. His research funding includes four concurrent NIH RO1 grants totaling over $5,000,000. Dr. Gangjee has more than 100 publications, 240 presentations, and 20 patents filed and issued. He is the recipient of three Duquesne Presidential Awards for Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching.






Rodney Hopson, Ph.D.
Department of Foundation and Leadership
School of Education

Dr. Hopson, Hillman Distinguished Professor, comes from a family of educators. His research interests include social politics and policies, foundations of education, sociolinguistics, ethnography, and evaluation. Dr. Hopson's more than $2 million in funding includes the NSF, and W.K. Kellogg and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations. His funded work supports students of color focusing on culturally responsive evaluation and research approaches and practices in traditionally under-served communities.






Mary McKinney, Ph.D.
Small Business Development Center
Palumbo • Donahue School of Business

As Director of Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Dr. McKinney channels her interests into areas of economic and small business development. Expertise in technology, global trade, regulations, energy, and sustainability has made the Duquesne SBDC a leader in regional small business support. Mary and the SBDC staff have assisted hundreds of southwestern Pennsylvania entrepreneurs in achieving their ultimate potential.






Jeffry Madura, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Madura's expertise lies in the areas of computational chemistry and biophysics. Awards from teh NSF, NIH, and Dept. of Education enhance his studies in the application of computational methods to investigate protein stability in salt water, neurotransporter structure and dynamics, and proteins at the ice/water interface.






William Purse, M.M., B.M.
Department of Music Technology
Mary Pappert School of Music

"Have guitar will teach" is Professor Bill Purse's prime directive whether teaching advanced music technology or guitar performance. He has chaired a Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Guitar Taskforce that has trained more than 3,000 teachers in guitar education who have, in turn, taught more than 680,000 young guitarists. As chair of guitar and music technology at Duquesne University, he has brought both areas into national prominence.






Kenneth Saban, Ph.D.
Department of Marketing
Palumbo • Donahue School of Business

As Director of the Sustainable MBA program, Dr. Ken Saban's research deals with the "human=technology interface" critical to complex supply networks and to the prevention of cyber-attacks that diminish a business's competitive advantage. Funding from the Dept. of Defense and Justice supported his creation of tools for measuring network collaboration and computer security-preparedness in the business world.






Kathleen Sekula, Ph.D.
School of Nursing

Dr. Sekula researched the professional needs of nurses who practice in forensic clinical settings and develops innovative graduate level educational programs needed to fulfill these roles. Her programs, funded by the DHHS/HRSA, have been instrumental in changing the care of victims of violence, as well as the perpetrators, in all health care and community settings and serve as models for other universities' curricula.