Celebrating Academic Excellence and Welcoming New Colleagues

Festivities usher 2016-17 school year for the College of Sciences

The College of Sciences held its annual summer dinner on Aug. 23, 2016. The festive occasion welcomed new faculty members and recognized excellence in research, teaching, and service.

College of Sciences Dean Paul M. Goldbart welcomed colleagues joining the College in the 2016-17 academic year: Tamara Pearson and Lorna Rivera, in CEISMC; Will Gutekunst and Henry La Pierre, in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Liang Han, Colin Harrison, and Frank Rosenzweig, in the School of Biological Sciences; Jennifer Hom, Christopher Jankowski, Lutz Warnke, and Mayya Zhilova, in the School of Mathematics; and Elisabetta Matsumoto and Colin Parker, in the School of Physics.  

Goldbart also recognized J. Todd Streelman, the new chair of the School of Biological Sciences, which emerged on July 1, 2016, from the reorganization of the former School of Applied Physiology and School of Biology. Goldbart acknowledged T. Richard Nichols and Terry Snell, chairs of the former schools, for their efforts in launching the new school.

Celebrating excellence in research, teaching, and service was the evening’s center piece, beginning with the 2016 Faculty Mentor Awards to Luca Dieci, of the School of Mathematics; Facundo M. Fernandez, of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Rodney J. Weber, in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Carrie G. Shepler, of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received the 2016 Eric R. Immel Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is made possible by School of Mathematics alumnus Charles J. Crawford.

The 2016 Cullen-Peck Faculty Fellowship Awards in the College of Sciences went to Tamara Bogdanovic, of the School of Physics; Andrew V. Newman, of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; and Frank J. Stewart and Lewis A. Wheaton, of the School of Biological Sciences. These awards are made possible by the generosity of School of Mathematics alumni couple Frank H. Cullen and Libby Peck. 

Daniel Margalit was celebrated as the inaugural 2016 Leddy Family Faculty Fellow. The award is made possible by the generosity of School of Physics alumnus Jeffrey Leddy and his wife, Pamela.

 “It is invigorating to start the school year by warmly welcoming new colleagues into our scholarly community and celebrating our outstanding teachers, researchers, and mentors,” Goldbart said. “We are proud to have so many exceptional faculty members, and I am especially grateful for the generosity of our thoughtful alumni, which makes it possible for the College to enable our colleagues to achieve the highest level of success in their teaching, research, and service.” 

More photos from the 2016 summer dinner can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2bz1Is8.

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  • From left: Lutz Warnke, Jennifer Homs, and Christopher Jankowski

  • Paul Goldbart and Jenny Singleton

  • Paul Goldbart and Dan Margalit

  • From left: Rodney Weber, Andrew Newman, Ivy Newman, and Greg Huey

  • From Left: Erin Parker, Frank Stewart, and Frank Cullen

  • From left: Ralph Cullen, Alicia Cullen, Tevi Wheaton, Lewis Wheaton, and Libby Peck

  • From left: Kathleen Margalit, Pam Leddy, and Cam Tyson

  • Jeff Leddy and Casey Bethel

  • From left: Henry La Pierre, Tamara Bogdanovic, Paja Sijacic, Emily Alicea-Muñoz, John Wise, Deirdre Shoemaker, and Pablo Laguna

  • Carrie Shepler and Charles Crawford

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