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Outstanding Service Awards 2006-2007


David Marklund and Neil Weberg
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project Award

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry teaches nearly 2,000 students every year. During summer 2005, ten (of 13) of the Chemistry teaching labs and four research labs were moved from the Chemistry Building into the new Swenson Science Building. Most of the move had to be accomplished within a short period of time, during the second half of the summer, as general and organic chemistry labs were offered in the new space during the second summer session and operation of the teaching and research labs was set for the 2005-06 academic year.

That move went so smoothly because of the efforts of two individuals: Dave Marklund and Neil Weberg. Neil and Dave’s responsibilities were mainly in the operation of the instructional labs, but they took the lead in coordinating and managing the move into the building, employing and supervising 10 student helpers, liaising with Facilities Management and ITSS, and even physically participating in moving and setting up labs. And the moving effort did not end with the physical transfer of equipment and supplies; there were many changes and adjustments to be made in order for the labs to run smoothly. Dave and Neil continuously improved procedures and implemented changes, which improved student safety and student learning experience. Because of their hard work and dedication in this transition on behalf of UMD students and faculty.


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