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Faculty and Staff Recognition

College of Science faculty and staff have received awards and recognition for their research, teaching and service from the College, University, and  Nevada System of Higher Education.  [* indicates runner-up]

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AWARDS:

Dr. Donald Mousel and Dr. William Feltner Annual Award for Excellence in Research (est. in 1993)

This award is given in recognition of outstanding research performance by a faculty member in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno in a particular year or for a particular accomplishment. This award honors well-known and respected medical community members, Dr. Donald Mousel and Dr. William Feltner, who lent time, energy and provided gifts to various community and university causes.

  • 2016 Vladimir Pravosudov, Biology
  • 2015 Chris Jeffrey, Chemistry
  • 2014 Jason Shearer, Chemistry
  • 2013 Benjamin King, Chemistry
  • 2012 Matthew Forister, Biology
  • 2011 John Muntean, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
  • 2010 Jonathan Weinstein, Physics
  • 2009 Yasuhiko Sentoku, Physics
  • 2008 Liming Zhang, Chemistry
  • 2007 Tomasz Kozubowski, Mathematics and Statistics
  • 2006 Andrei Derevianko, Physics
  • *2005 Stephen Jenkins, Biology
  • 2004 David Leitner, Chemistry
  • *2003 Mark Meerschaert, Mathematics and Statistics
  • *2002 Christopher Herald, Mathematics and Statistics
  • *2001 Vince Catalano, Chemistry
  • *2000 Kent Ervin, Chemistry
  • 1999 Paul Starrs, Geography
  • 1998 Bruno Bauer, Physics
  • 1995 Reinhard Bruch, Physics

Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award (est. in 1983)

The Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award honors outstanding teachers in the arts, humanities, and the natural and social sciences.

  • 2015 Vincent Catalano, Chemistry
  • 2012 Sarah Cummings, Chemistry
  • 2009 Ugur Alparslan, Mathematics and Statistics
  • *2004 Sean Casey, Chemistry
  • 2003 Suk-Wah Tam-Chang, Chemistry
  • 2002 Katherine McCall, Physics
  • 2000 Hyung Shin, Chemistry | *Rami Ali, Physics
  • 1998 Paul Starrs, Geography
  • *1997 Ellen Baker, Biology
  • 1995 John Frederick, Chemistry
  • 1992 Gary Hausladen, Geography
  • 1989 Robert Davis, Math
  • *1986 Hyung K. Shin, Chemistry
  • *1985 Gene LeMay, Chemistry
  • *1984 Thomas Frazier, Physics
  • 1983 Larry Scott, Chemistry

Gene LeMay Outstanding Teaching Award (est. in 2004)

 The LeMay Award is to reward and encourage outstanding teaching in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno in honor of Professor H. Eugene LeMay, Jr.

  • 2016 Wesley Chalifoux, Chemistry
  • 2015 Paul Neill, Physics
  • 2014 Birant Ramazan, Mathematics & Statistics
  • 2013 Vincent Catalano, Chemistry
  • 2012 Robert Sheridan, Chemistry
  • 2011 Jennifer Hollander, Biology
  • 2010 Sarah Cummings, Chemistry
  • 2009 Stephen Jenkins, Biology
  • 2008 Stanislav Jabuka, Mathematics & Statistics
  • 2007 Steve Wesnousky, Geological Sciences and Engineering
  • 2006 Roberto Mancini, Physics
  • 2005 Scott Mensing, Geography

Hyung K. Shin Outstanding Research Award (est. 2005)

The Shin Award is to reward and encourage outstanding research in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno, in honor of Professor Hyung K. Shin.

  • 2016 Thomas Quint, Mathematics & Statistics
  • 2015 Ilia Zaliapin, Mathematics & Statistics
  • 2014 Matt Forister, Biology
  • 2013 Vladimir Pravosudov, Biology
  • 2012 Lee Dyer, Biology
  • 2011 David Leitner, Chemistry
  • 2010 Alla Safronova, Physics
  • 2009 Vladimir Ivanov, Physics
  • 2008 Franco Biondi, Geography
  • 2007 Steve Vander Wall, Biology
  • 2006 Wendy Calvin, Geological Sciences & Engineering
  • 2005 Roberto Mancini, Physics

Outstanding Service Award (est. 2013)

This award recognizes outstanding service to the community and state by a faculty member in the College of Science.

  • 2016 Zeb Hogan, Biology & the members of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory
  • 2015 Chris Feldman, Biology
  • 2014 Melodi Rodrigue, Physics
  • 2013 Christopher Herald, Mathematics & Statistics

Classified Employee of the Year (est. 2006)

This award recognizes the high quality of work and contributions by a classified staff member in the College of Science.

  • 2016 David Kaczorowski, Chemistry
  • 2015 Jennifer Heck, Chemistry
  • 2014 Marie Russell, Geological Sciences & Engineering
  • 2013 Chris Sladek, Geological Sciences & Engineering
  • 2012 Celeste Johnson, Biology & Beverly McBride, Mathematics and Statistics
  • 2011 Cheri Briggs, Biology & Shari Baughman, Geography
  • 2010 Brady Janes, Chemistry
  • 2009 Lori McClelland and Erik Williams, Seismology
  • 2008 Lucy Morris, Biology
  • 2007 Stephanie Neill, College of Science Dean's Office
  • 2006 Wade Cline, Dennis Meredith, Walt Weaver, Physics & Chemistry

UNIVERSITY AWARDS TO COLLEGE OF SCIENCE FACULTY AND STAFF

F. Donald Tibbits University Distinguished Teacher Award (first presented in 1973)

The award is presented to a faculty member for excellence in the classroom, giving greater recognition to teaching as a faculty activity, and is based on recommendations from college deans and department personnel.

  • 2016 Sarah Cummings, Chemistry
  • 2008 Steve Wesnousky, Geological Sciences and Engineering
  • 2006 Scott Mensing, Geography
  • *2004 Suk-Wah Tam-Chang, Chemistry
  • 2001 Paul Starrs, Geography
  • 1996 John Frederick, Chemistry
  • 1994 Gary Hausladen, Geography
  • 1993 James Carr, Geological Sciences and Engineering
  • 1991 Eugene LeMay, Chemistry
  • 1988 Christopher Exline, Geography
  • 1983 Donald Pfaff, Mathematics and Statistics
  • 1980 Fred A. Ryser, Biology
  • 1977 Alan Gubanich, Biology
  • 1974 Richard D. Burkhart, Chemistry
  • 1973 Donald Tibbitts, Biology

Foundation Professor Award (first presented in 1984)

This honor recognizes and salutes the university's professors for outstanding achievements, particularly in research and teaching. The award is for a three-year period during which the individuals selected receive a $5,000 annual stipend to be used in professional endeavors, a one course per semester reduction in teaching load, and recognition at the annual Foundation Banquet in early fall. In addition, Foundation Professors' names appear in the University's Honor Court. Candidates for the award must meet the established criteria and are nominated by their deans in the spring of each year. Funding is provided by the UNR Foundation.

  • 2014 Lee Dyer, Biology
  • 2012 Scott Tyler, Geological Sciences and Engineering
  • 2010 Richard Schultz, Geological Sciences and Engineering
  • 2009 Kent Ervin, Chemistry
  • 2008 Steve Wesnousky
  • 2004 Ronald A. Phaneuf, Physics
  • 2002 Ardythe McCracken, Biology
  • 2002 Chaitan Gupta, Mathematics and Statistics
  • 2000 Robert Sheridan, Chemistry
  • 1995 James N. Brune, Seismology
  • 1994 John Nelson, Chemistry
  • 1994 Richard Schweickert, Geological Sciences and Engineering
  • 1990 Richard D. Burkhart, Chemistry
  • 1987 David Westfall, Pharmacology
  • 1987 David Lightner, Chemistry
  • 1986 Balder Vig, Biology
  • 1985 Lawrence Scott, Chemistry
  • 1984 Hyung K. Shin, Chemistry

Outstanding Researcher Award (first presented in 1975)

Given annually to a faculty member with a distinguished record in research or creative activities.

  • 2015 Andrei Derevianko, Physics
  • 2014 David Leitner, Chemistry
  • 2010 James Brune, Geological Sciences and Seismology
  • 1986 Bruce Blackadar, Mathematics & Statistics
  • 1981 Alan S. Ryall, Seismology
  • 1980 Larry Scott, Chemistry
  • 1979 Baldev Vig, Biology
  • 1978 David Lightner, Chemistry
  • 1975 Hyung Kyu Shin, Chemistry

Established Innovator Award (first presented in 2015)

Given annually to an established faculty member to recognize their contribution to innovation, and/or for the commercialization of ideas that impact and benefit the public's well-being.

  • 2015 W. Patrick Arnott, Physics

Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award (first presented in 2004)

The Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award was developed to recogize and salute the university's faculty for outstanding outreach activities.

  • 2005 David Bennum, Physics

Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award (first presented in 2007)

Given annually to a faculty or staff member with a distinguished record of undergraduate student advisement.

  • 2013 Elena Pravosudova, Biology
  • 2011 Jennifer O'Neil, Mackay School of Earth Sciences & Engineering
  • 2007 Sean Casey, Chemistry

Graduate Academic Advisor Award (first presented in 2007)

Given annually to a faculty member with a distinguished record of graduate student advisement.

  • 2008 C. Richard Tracy, Biology

Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award (first presented in 2007)

To recognize and show appreciation of the undergraduate research mentorship effort of University faculty members.

  • 2014 Benjamin King, Chemistry
  • 2008 Brian Frost, Chemistry

Distinguished Faculty Award (first presented in 1995)

The award is intended to honor faculty who are unsung heroes - men and women whose contributions have made our university a better place.

  • 2008 David Westfall, Pharmacology, Emeritus Dean, College of Science
  • 2003 Hyung K Shin, Chemistry
  • 2001 Ross Smith, Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
  • 1995 Philip Altick, Physics

NEVADA SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION AWARDS TO COLLEGE OF SCIENCE FACULTY & STAFF

Regents' Teaching Award

  • 2007 Scott Mensing, Geography
  • 2004 Paul F. Starrs, Geography
  • 2002 Gary Hausladen, Geography
  • 1997 H. Eugene LeMay, Jr., Chemistry

Regents' Researcher of the Year Award

  • 2002 James Neil Brune, Seismology
  • 1996 David P. Westfall, Pharmacology, Emeritus Dean, College of Science
  • 1992 David Lightner, Chemistry

Regents' Graduate Academic Advisor Award

  • 2008 C. Richard Tracy, Biology
  • 2004 Scott Tyler, Geological Sciences and Engineering
  • 2001 Joseph I. Cline, Chemistry
  • 1998 Gary Vinyard, Biology (Posthumous)

Regents' Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award

  • 2011 Jennifer O'Neil, Mackay School of Earth Sciences & Engineering
  • 2005 Eileen Hickey-Weber & Christie Howard, Biology
  • 2000 Chris Exline, Geography

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