Associate Professor Alan Conley of the department of Population Health and Reproduction, has been selected as a 2002 Chancellor's Fellow in a program that rewards accomplishments of early-career faculty members.
"This honor was designed to recognize the best of our young faculty members," said Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef. "It is certainly a recognition of what they have accomplished so far in their careers, but, more importantly, it also speaks to their great potential in their fields, and to what they can contribute to the university in the coming years." Academic Senate members from all schools and colleges are eligible for the honor. The nominees, evaluated by a faculty committee appointed by the provost, must have achieved tenure within the past three years and have been on the Davis campus for at least one year.
Conley, a graduate of the veterinary school at the University of Melbourne (Australia), earned his PhD in reproductive physiology at Iowa State University in 1988. A faculty member at the school since 1995, Conley became an associate professor in 1999. His research focuses on comparative reproduction, specifically the synthesis of androgens and estrogens in mammalian and other vertebrate species. He has a particular interest in the synthesis of estrogen and its impact on health and disease-for example, in a 2001 article published in the journal Reproduction, Conley describes how the enzyme complex aromatase influences reproductive development and fertility in mammals. He teaches veterinary students comparative mammalian and avian reproduction. Conley has managed and served on several occasions as an invited member of the Growth, Development and Nutrient Utilization panel of the USDA-NRI, and also an ad hoc reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
The 10 faculty members chosen for this campus honor each receive a one-time award of $25,000 and will be able to use the title "Chancellor's Fellow" for five years. The Chancellor's Club and the Annual Fund of UC Davis jointly support the award. Conley and nine other faculty members will be recognized November 18 at a reception hosted by Chancellor Vanderhoef.