John David Zimbrick, Ph.D.

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Colorado State University
Location: Lafayette, Indiana, United States

John David Zimbrick, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biology and physics education.

Interested in the natural process of how things worked from a formative age, Dr. Zimbrick first delved into biology as an undergraduate student, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College in 1960. Later developing his interest in biophysics, he attended the University of Kansas, where he earned a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in 1962 and 1967, respectively. He also held a postdoctoral scholarship in sub-cellular biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1981. Throughout his career, he has studied how radiation affects living cells at the DNA and cellular levels.

Commencing his career as a physicist at IIT Research Institute in Chicago, IL, in 1962, Dr. Zimbrick subsequently served from assistant to full professor at the University of Kansas between 1969 and 1984. During this time, he held the role of program director with the U.S. Department of Energy from 1981 to 1982. Thereafter, he served the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, as a health science administrator from 1984 to 1989, the Pacific Northwest Laboratory in Richland, WA, as a department head from 1989 to 1993, and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, as director of the board of radiation research from 1993 to 1997. Returning to education, he acted as a professor at Purdue University from 1997 to 2003 and professor and department head at Colorado State University from 2003 until attaining emeritus status in 2008.

Alongside his primary career endeavors, Dr. Zimbrick has been a prolific and prominent jazz radio host for multiple stations. A producer of KANU Kansas Public Radio from 1970 to 1984, he was also a jazz radio producer and broadcaster at WPFW Public Radio in Washington, DC, from 1984 to 1989 and again from 1993 to 1997, Northwest Public Radio in Pullman, WA, from 1989 to 1993, and Purdue Public Radio in West Lafayette, IN, from 1997 to 2003. Since 2009, he has been a producer at KRFC Communication Radio Fort Collins. His show “Jazz Cornucopia” derives its music from Dr. Zimbrick’s vast collection of albums, and he notably interviewed several prestigious musicians, including Duke Ellington.

Dr. Zimbrick is the former president of the Radiation Research Society, a member of the Biophysical Society, and a fellow of the Health Physics Society. In recognition of his outstanding undertakings in physics and education, he has garnered several accolades. The Radiation Research Society honored him with a Distinguished Service Award and Excellence Award in 2004 and 2008, respectively, having previously earned the Robert F. Landolt Outstanding Teacher Award from Purdue University in 2003. In 2005, he also received the Distinguished Service Award from Carleton College. Dr. Zimbrick has been featured in the 65th edition of Who’s Who in America.

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