Billy Smith and Trevor Douglas have been appointed as Letters and Science Distinguished Professors. The appointments were made in recognition of their contributions to the College, to MSU, and to the scholarly community at large, said Dean Paula Lutz. The appointments are for three years. Both Smith and Douglas will give public lectures during the current academic year.

Billy Smith has taught in the Department of History and Philosophy at MSU since 1981. He is an accomplished academic who excels in both the classroom and in the research arena, with an exceptional record of publication.  Smith has published eight books, including a major encyclopedia of early American history.  He currently is writing Ship of Death: The Voyage that Changed the Atlantic World, to be published by National Geographic Books.

Trevor Douglas, professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, joined the MSU faculty in 2001. He is internationally recognized for his pioneering research in the field of nanoscience, or the science of controlling matter on an atomic and molecular scale.  He is a co-founder and current director of the Center for Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials, and has been involved in 25 funded grants with other MSU faculty.