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Faculty of Science Excellence Awards celebrate depth and breadth

UToday HomeJune 3, 2013

By Marie-Helene Thibeault

Samuel Williams from the Department of Geoscience receives the Jim and Josie Gray Graduate Teaching Award from Dean Ken Barker.Samuel Williams, left, from the Department of Geoscience receives the Jim and Josie Gray Graduate Teaching Award from Dean Ken Barker. Photos by George Bernard Bourne
The recipients of Faculty of Science 2013 Awards of Excellence.From left: Raymond Turner (Biological Sciences), Brian Keay (Chemistry), Rachel Hevey (Chemistry), David Hansen (Biological Sciences), William (Bill) Archer (Physics and Astronomy), and Sam Williams (Geoscience)(front) were among the recipients of Faculty of Science 2013 Awards of Excellence.
Drew Bennett from the Department of Biological Sciences receives the John Kendall Doctoral Thesis Award from John Kendall.Drew Bennett from the Department of Biological Sciences receives the John Kendall Doctoral Thesis Award from John Kendall.
The Faculty of Science hosted its 23rd annual Awards of Excellence on May 29. The ceremony recognizes the significant contributions of faculty members and graduate students for the past academic year in the areas of teaching, research, community outreach and service.

“Fostering, recognizing and celebrating excellence is a very important value within our faculty,” explains Dean Ken Barker. “Striving for excellence, whether it’s in the lab or within the community, fuels our motivation, guides our actions, and shapes the results we get as a faculty.”

The ceremony, which has been held since 1990, has evolved from a focus on research and teaching to now encompassing 13 recognitions of success inside and outside the classroom.

“I love teaching and to be recognized for doing something you really enjoy is especially rewarding,” says associate professor Dave Hansen from Biological Sciences, who received one of two Excellence in Teaching Awards.

“I believe that if students have a genuine interest in the material, they are more likely to learn and understand the concepts,” adds Hansen, who specializes in the genetic control of stem cell proliferation. “I try to convey my own excitement and enthusiasm for the topic, hoping that they will also become enthused and eager to learn.”

Brian Keay, who wears multiple hats as professor of Chemistry, vice-dean and associate dean for research and academic affairs for the faculty, was surprised with the Excellence in Service recognition he received at the event.

“I don’t do my work to get awards,” says Keay, who has served on more than 80 committees over the course of his extensive career in academia, starting in 1985 at the University of Windsor. “I really do it so that I can promote and move the faculty’s agenda forward,” he indicated.

“This year, the nominations received by the awards committee were all deserving of special mention and this certainly made our selection efforts more difficult,” adds Dean Barker. “I would have to say that this is a nice problem to have and a great representation of the caliber of individuals within this faculty,” he told the guests consisting of faculty members, support staff, donors, and family members.

The 2013 Faculty of Science Awards of Excellence are:

Faculty of Science Award of Excellence in Research

  • Raymond Turner (Biological Sciences)
  • Thomas Baumgartner (Chemistry)

Faculty of Science Award of Excellence in Teaching

  • David Hansen (Biological Sciences)
  • Jo-Anne Brown (Physics and Astronomy)

Faculty of Science Award of Excellence in Community Outreach

  • Jason Donev (Physics and Astronomy)

Faculty of Science Award of Excellence in Service

  • Brian Keay (Chemistry)

Jim and Josie Gray Graduate Teaching Award

  • Sam Williams (Geoscience)
  • Mathias Kaiser (Biological Sciences)

Fred A. McKinnon Graduate Teaching Award

  • Diane Fenton (Mathematics and Statistics)
  • Anton Mosunov (Computer Science)

Alumni Association Graduate Teaching Award

  • William (Bill) Archer (Physics and Astronomy)

Dr. Don F. Tavares Graduate Teaching Award

  • Rachel Hevey (Chemistry)

John Kendall Doctoral Thesis Award

  • Drew Bennett (Biological Sciences)

 

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