This award honors tenured or tenure-track members of the professoriate who have contributed with distinction to their field of study, providing a platform for sharing the fruits of this scholarship with the university community and the general public. A faculty committee consisting of a representative of the Office of the Provost, a member of the Faculty Senate Agenda Committee, and past KleinLecturers oversees the selection process for this award.
Dagmar Sternad, Professor of Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics
Dagmar Sternad is an internationally known authority in the field of experimental and computational motor neuroscience. Her studies of human motor control and learning shed light on neurological defects in Parkinson’s patients, children with dystonia, and stroke patients. Her interdisciplinary research has been published in five popular books and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in highly regarded publications. Professor Sternad is the director of the Action Lab, which researches control and coordination of goal-directed human behavior. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the American Heart Association, and the Office of Naval Research, among others. In addition, she founded the “Boston Action Club,” a highly successful seminar series that brings together faculty and students from local universities.