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Three University of Colorado professors received the highest honor awarded to faculty members across the CU campuses this week.

Peter Molnar, Douglas Seals and Thomas Veblen received the distinguished professor honor during Thursday's CU board of regents meeting.

Molnar works within the department of geological sciences and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. His expertise lies in the evolution of mountain ranges and high plateaus. In 2014, Molnar was awarded the Crafoord Prize in Geosciences, awarded every four years by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science.

Seals
Seals

Seals calls the department of integrative physiology home. The "internationally renowned scientist" has provided insight into biological aging and the lifestyle and pharmacological interventions for preserving physiological function with age, according to the university. Seals developed the Clinical Translational Research Center, which is the only National Institute of Health-supported research center not housed in a hospital or medical school.

Thomas Veblen, with the geography department, is known for his work on temperate forests.


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"His work is widely recognized to have shaped the viewpoint that "disturbances"—fire, insect outbreaks, wind storms and (in some landscapes) landslides, etc.—are inherent, essential components of forest ecosystem functioning, rather than abnormal events in the overall forest ecology," the university wrote in an online post.

Veblen
Veblen
His work has led to advances around the role of climate change in the bark beetle epidemics and how forests in the Rocky Mountains respond to fire and beetle kill.

Across all campuses, CU has recognized 92 distinguished professors since the program was formed in 1977.

Elizabeth Hernandez: 303-473-1106, hernandeze@dailycamera.com