Tabashnik, Clancy-Smith named regents' professors
Two University of Arizona professors received the highest honor bestowed on faculty in the Arizona state university system.
The appointment of entomologist Bruce Tabashnik and history professor Julia Clancy-Smith as regents’ professors, approved recently by the Arizona Board of Regents, brings to 99 the UA’s number of regents’ professors since the designation was created in 1987. The honor is reserved for faculty scholars who have achieved national and international distinction for their work.
In addition, Vicente Talanquer was named a university distinguished professor for his contributions to educational excellence and undergraduate education. Henrietta “Etta” Kralovec and Frans Tax were named university distinguished outreach faculty for their sustained commitment to community and academic outreach.
Tabashnik, professor and head of entomology in the UA’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has served as head of the department of entomology since 1996 and is a member of the Bio5 Institute. He previously was a faculty member at the University of Hawaii and earned his doctorate at Stanford University.
He has served as an editorial-board member for six scientific journals and provided more than 700 reviews of grant proposals and manuscripts for eight granting agencies and 82 journals. His funded extramural research grants total more than $9 million, and he has co-authored a patent licensed to a major corporation. The Entomological Society of America honored him with the Excellence in Integrated Pest Management Award in 1992.
Historian Clancy-Smith teaches about modern and early modern Africa and the Middle East. She has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the National Humanities Center’s Research Fellowship in North Carolina; a fellowship with the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University’s School of Social Science; and a research fellowship with the Woodrow Wilson Research Center in Washington, D.C.
Clancy-Smith has authored and co-authored several award-winning books, including “The Modern Middle East and North Africa: A History in Documents,” “Mediterraneans: North Africa and Europe in an Age of Migration, c. 1800-1900” and “Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters (Algeria and Tunisia, 1800-1904).”