Professors are researchers of the year
Dr. Tin-Chun Chu and Dr. Kurt Rotthoff received the Seton Hall University Researcher of the Year Award in February for the research they have done over the last academic year.
Chu, assistant professor of biological studies, focused on genome projects, studies of physiological response of stress factors on bacteria, and a novel approach to fighting diseases using natural products.
Rotthoff, assistant professor of economics and legal studies at the Stillman School of Business, published eight papers, which focused on finance policy, education research, economics theory and sports economics.
Both professors said they are grateful to have received this award.
“It certainly feels good to be recognized,” Chu said. “I am so humbled and honored to have received this prestigious award.”
Rotthoff appreciated that the University is encouraging research.
“It’s very nice to hear that you work so hard trying to do things like publishing those papers and working so hard to get your research out there for people to read and someone is recognizing it,” Rotthoff said.
Chu and Rotthoff said they believe that the award gives them great recognition beyond the Seton Hall community.
“It’s nice because people outside Seton Hall can see that we are honoring and valuing research here at the University,” Rotthoff said.
Chu’s research was done in conjunction with national and international universities.
“Some of these projects involved Montclair State University, Georgia Health Sciences University, California State University Northridge, National Chiayi University in Taiwan and Zhejiang University in China,” Chu said.
Both professors said they believe that research and teaching are compliments of each other.
“I love to integrate my research into teaching, as I believe the students at SHU can obtain valuable experience through hands-on experiments,” Chu said.
Similarly, Rotthoff’s research has helped enhance his classes.
“My ability to do research allows me to talk about more cutting edge things and it makes the classroom experience a lot better,” Rotthoff said. “The fact that we have a lot of research going on here signals a lot about the University.”
Chu has worked closely with students to publish her research. Chu has had 32 student co-authors and her students have won many presentation awards including the Best Doctoral Student Presentation Award.
“I am grateful for the opportunities that SHU has provided me to serve our students, training them to be productive scientists,” Chu said.
Rotthoff used his papers on sports economics in his sports finance class. Students critique and analyze his research in order to answer questions that are prevalent in the field.
“It gets the students thinking about how and why we can answer questions,” he said. “It teaches students to answer their own questions, which is my ultimate goal here.”
Outside of the classroom, both professors are involved with sports.
“If I manage to find some spare time, I enjoy swimming, playing badminton and bowling with friends,” Chu said.
She is also an avid lover of music, museums, Broadway shows and ball games.
Rotthoff said that he “forces” himself to have free time. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 1-year-old son. Rotthoff also enjoys swimming and weightlifting.
“I try to be somewhat normal outside of the classroom,” Rotthoff said. “You’ll find me in the gym here at SHU lifting weights. I also enjoy watching and playing sports.”
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