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 UMD FACULTY AWARDS — 2010

UMD FACULTY WIN AWARDS

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Faculty members were recognized at a special campus reception on Monday, May 3, 2010 in Griggs Center.The Distinguished Research Award was presented on December 7, 2009.

University of Minnesota Duluth Awards
Jean G. Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award
Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award
Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award
Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award

University of Minnesota System Awards
Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education
Horace T. Morse Award
Academy of Distinguished Teachers
John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
President's Award for Outstanding Service
Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award

National Awards

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University of Minnesota Duluth Awards

Jean G. Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award

This honor is given each year to a faculty member who has made contributions to the teaching mission of UMD that are of extraordinary quality.

Bruce Peckham, professor, Mathematics & Statistics, Swenson College of Science and Engineering

Bruce Peckham hails from the northern New York town of Canton. After an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Hamilton College, he worked as an actuary for Paul Revere Life Insurance Co. in Worcester, MA, and as a high school teacher and coach at the Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ. He returned to academia to earn his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1988 from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Following a two-year postdoctoral position at Boston University, he came to UMD, where he has been a member of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics since 1990. He held sabbatical positions at the Institute Nonlinear de Nice in France, the department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and the Department of Applied Math at the University of Bristol in Bristol, England. He is currently professor and director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. At UMD, Professor Peckham developed courses in Dynamical Systems, Fractal Geometry, Real Analysis, and Calculus for Life Sciences. He has so far advised twenty-five undergraduate and graduate research projects, and supervised several teams of undergraduate students – many which have performed well nationally - in the annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling. He has also been the advisor for many years for the Math Club. Professor Peckham's research area is Dynamical Systems, which includes the mathematical study of chaos. His research, which has been supported by three National Science Foundation grants, includes both theoretical study of dynamical systems, and use of dynamical systems to model ecological populations. He has coauthored articles with faculty and students from UMD, and faculty from UMTC, Princeton University, and universities in England, France and Switzerland. He has given over fifty talks at colloquia and conferences across Minnesota, the United States, and Europe.

Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award

Faculty members who receive this award are honored for their excellence in research, scholarly contributions to their field and for their dedication to student research in education.

Joseph Gallian, professor, Mathematics & Statistics, Swenson College of Science and Engineering

Joseph Gallian obtained a B.A. from Slippery Rock University in 1966, an M.A. from the University of Kansas in 1968 and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. After serving as a visiting assistant professor at Notre Dame for one year, he joined the faculty at UMD. Among his honors are president of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), UM Morse Alumni Distinguished University Teaching Professor, the MAA's Haimo Award for distinguished teaching, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Minnesota Professor of the Year, the MAA Allendoerfer and Evans awards for exposition, an MAA Polya Lecturer. Since 1977 over 150 research papers written under his supervision by undergraduates in his summer research program have been published in mainstream journals. Ninety-five of the 149 program participants who have received their Bachelor's degrees have gone to graduate school at MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Chicago, Princeton, or Stanford and 106 have won graduate fellowships. Eighty-five of the participants now have the Ph.D. degree. Gallian has given more than 250 invited lectures at conferences and colleges and universities and is the author or editor of five books and more than 100 articles. Besides the usual math courses, he has taught a Humanities course called the "The Lives and Music of the Beatles" for more than 25 years and a liberal arts course on math and sports. In 2000 the Duluth Budgeteer cited him as one of the "100 Great Duluthians."

Outstanding Faculty Adviser Awards

Outstanding Faculty Adviser Awards are given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students.

- Marian Colman, instructor, Art & Design, School of Fine Arts
- Jennifer Jones, associate professor, Sociology/Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
- Carol Kivi, instructor, psychology, College of Education and Human Service Professions
- Bruce Peckham, professor, Mathematics & Statistics, Swenson College of Science and Engineering
- Rajiv Vaidyanathan, professor, Marketing, Labovitz School of Business and Economics

Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award
This award is given annually to a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Fine Arts who has an exceptional and effective teaching style that emphasizes the worth of research in a learned discipline and the maturing impact scholarly activity has on the development of human attitudes and values.

Alison Aune, associate professor, Art & Design, School of Fine Arts

Alison Aune received her B.F.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1984, her M.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1987, and Ph.D. from Ohio University Athens in 2000. She served as education coordinator at the Tweed Museum of Art before joining the UMD Department of Art and Design. Auneís scholarly interests include museum-based teacher training, women artists in history, and international art education. She and her students have developed curriculum and intergenerational learning experiences using Scandinavian, Portuguese, Turkish, Finnish and American Indian art. She researches socially constructed design aesthetics, contemporary artists, visual culture, and traditional folk art imagery. Aune has received numerous grants and awards including a Fulbright Scholar and Teaching award to Sweden, a grant to conduct a Cross-Cultural Study of the Socio-Aesthetic Goals of Art Education in Scandinavia, the UMD Outstanding Adviser Award, the Art Educatorís of Minnesota Museum Educator of the Year award, and a Jerome Foundation International Artist Travel Grant. Aune has published chapters, articles, and on-line instructional resources on art education and museum-based learning for children and youth. The publication of her book, The Art of Cora Sandel: A Norwegian Painter and Writer, is forthcoming. She has exhibited her artwork in over 70 solo and group exhibitions in the U.S and Sweden and she regularly presents guest lectures and workshops internationally, nationally, and regionally.

University of Minnesota System Awards

Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education

This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by collegiate units in their quest to identify excellence in graduate education.

Kang James, professor, Mathematics & Statistics, Swenson College of Science and Engineering

Kang Ling James is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley in Statistics. After spending some years at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics in Rio de Janeiro, helping to start the first graduate program in Statistics in Brazil, James joined UMD in 1988. She was part of the initiation and development of the probability and statistics component of the M.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics. During the past 20 years, James has advised or co-advised 49 master’s projects on a broad range of topics, many of them related to her annual summer research at Berkeley. She was the recipient of the SCSE Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in 1999 and UMD’s Jean G. Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002.

Not awarded to UMD faculty every year

The next ceremony will be held on April 24, 2010

Praveen Aggarwal, Department of Marketing, 2006-2007
Curt Anderson, Center for Economic Education, 1985-1986
Ann Aiko Bergeron, Theatre, 1991-1992
Stephen B. Castleberry, Sr., Marketing, 2008-2009
Linda Miller Cleary, English, 1997-1998
Dennis Falk, Social Work, 2005-2006
Joseph A. Gallian, Mathematics and Statistics, 1975-1976
Eugene Grossman, Psychology, 1979-1980
Thomas Isbell, Theatre, 2001-2002
Carmen Latterell, Mathematics and Statistics, 2008-2009
Helen Mongan-Rallis, Education, 1994-1995
Howard D. Mooers, Geological Sciences, 2002-2003
A. Maureen O’Brien, Economics, 1988-1989
Jon L. Pierce, Management Studies, 2004-2005
Justin Rubin, Music, 2008-2009
Eileen M. Zeitz, Foreign Languages and Literatures, 1996-1997

Horace T. Morse Award

Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by collegiate units in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.

Not awarded to UMD faculty every year

John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

This award recognizes and rewards the contribution that academic advising makes in helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals.

Not awarded every year

President's Award for Outstanding Service

The award honors active or retired faculty or staff members who have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community.

2010: Paul Treuer, director, UMD Knowledge Management Center

Not awarded every year

Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award

Not awarded every year

National Awards

Not awarded every year

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