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Dr. Robert C. Speth receives Provost's Research and Scholarship Award from NSU

Nova Southeastern University

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. - In recognition of his significant contributions to Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Robert C. Speth, Ph.D., was named the recipient of the Sixth Annual Provost's Research and Scholarship Award. Dr. Speth is a researcher and professor of pharmaceutical sciences in NSU's College of Pharmacy.

Ralph V. Rogers Jr., Ph.D., NSU executive vice president and provost, made the special announcement at the university's External Funding Recognition Reception, hosted by Gary S. Margules, Sc.D., NSU vice president of Research and Technology Transfer, at which faculty members from all disciplines across the university are recognized for their commitment to advancing their fields of study.

The Provost's Award honors a faculty member who has demonstrated significant achievement in support of NSU's mission to foster scholarship, intellectual inquiry, and academic excellence. Research and scholarship are two of NSU's eight core values, and excellence in these areas enhances education, patient care, and public service, and develops superior scholarship.

"Dr. Speth has distinguished himself as a researcher, an educator, and a staunch supporter of the NSU community," said Dr. Rogers. He has truly demonstrated what this award is meant to recognize: innovative and sustained activities in support of NSU's mission to foster intellectual inquiry, academic excellence, research and a dynamic learning environment."

"This is the greatest honor that has ever been bestowed upon me," said Dr. Speth. What makes it even greater is the fact that there are so many other incredibly talented faculty members in the NSU family who are also deserving of this recognition. I dedicate this award to my mentor Hank Yamamura who taught me to always make the best interests of my students my highest priority, and it is those very same students who paved the way for me to receive this honor."

Dr. Speth is widely recognized for his research on how angiotensin acts in the brain to regulate the cardiovascular system. In the course of his career, he has secured more than $1 million in funding for his research through 22 externally-funded projects.

Dr. Speth is a regular contributor to a variety of national publications and has served or is currently serving on the editorial boards of prestigious journals, including Regulatory Peptides, the Journal of Pharmacology & Clinical Toxicology and the International Journal of Peptides. He has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for 39 journals, including Science. He has also served the field as a grant reviewer for organizations including the American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.

Dr. Speth manages to be a leader in the research field while also offering countless hours to teaching endeavors. In addition to his classroom commitments, he has mentored countless high-school, undergraduate and graduate students, along with junior faculty members, working with him in his lab on various projects.

Dr. Speth and his wife, Janet, are Bronze members of NSU's Fellows Society which recognizes individuals, corporations, and trusts who have made cumulative gifts of $100,000-$249,999. This demonstrates Dr. Speth's investment in the advancement of NSU through the largest philanthropic campaign in its history, Realizing Potential, which aims to raise $250 million for student, faculty and 21st century education initiatives, with research integral to all three priorities.

Dr. Speth has received multiple honors, including election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, his Master of Arts degree in Physiological Psychology from Connecticut College in New London, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Psychology from Western Maryland College in Westminster (now McDaniel College).

Previous Provost's Research and Scholarship Award winners include*:

  • 2015: Nancy Klimas, M.D., director of the NSU Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine, professor of medicine, and chair of the Department of Clinical Immunology at NSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2014: Sam Purkis, Ph.D., M.B.A, associate professor at NSU's Oceanographic Center
  • 2013: Raymond Ownby, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., professor and chair of NSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
  • 2012: Bernard Riegl, Ph.D., associate director of the NSU's National Coral Reef Institute and professor at the Oceanographic Center
  • 2012: Steven Kurtz, Ph.D., co-director for NSU's Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities and professor in the Division of Applied Interdisciplinary Studies
  • 2011: Mark B. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, NSU's Center for Psychological Studies

*Denotes titles and college names at the time the award was presented.


About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie's Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education's criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit for more information about NSU and for more information on the largest fundraising campaign in NSU history.

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