17 Receive USM Regents' Faculty Awards
USM Regents Honor Faculty Excellence
Baltimore, Md. (April
University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents at
its meeting today announced the 17 recipients of the 2009 USM Regents' Faculty
Awards. The board met at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
awards are the highest honor presented by the board to exemplary faculty
members. Presented in five categories, the awards honor excellence in teaching;
scholarship, research, or creative activities; public service; mentoring; and
collaboration. Each award carries a $1,000 prize provided by the institutions
and the University System of Maryland Foundation.
are the 2009 Regents' Faculty Award recipients listed by category.
Michael Bardzell, professor of
mathematics at Salisbury University,
one of only three mathematicians nationwide to recently receive the
Mathematical Association of America's Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award
for Distinguished College or University Teaching. His students have conducted research
presented at national and regional professional gatherings before moving on to
graduate school, industry, and teaching.
Clarinda Harriss, a renowned poet and professor
of English at Towson University for nearly 30 years. Under
her guidance and mentoring, TU's literary journal, Grub Street, is one of the outstanding student literary
publications in the country, having received numerous awards.
Jason Loviglio, an associate professor
of American Studies at UMBC, is
known both for his ability to connect popular culture to academic concepts, and
his desire to instill the values of intellectual rigor and creative thinking in
students. In 2005, he was honored with the Herbert Bearman Award for First-Year
Cody Sandifer, associate professor of
physics, astronomy, and geosciences at Towson,
where he has redesigned or prepared curricular materials for four physical
science or science education courses. The effectiveness of the changes that Dr.
Sandifer has made is demonstrated in the fact that TU won a 2008 Presidential
Citation by the American Association of Physics Teachers "in recognition
of exemplary efforts in teacher preparation."
H. Rodger Harvey, professor at the University of Maryland Center for
Environmental Science and expert in studying the transformation and fate of
carbon based compounds in the marine environment, an area of vital importance
given the connection between atmospheric carbon dioxide and global
Tobe Levin, a collegiate professor
at the University of Maryland University
College (UMUC), European Division. Fluent in French and German, she analyzes
women's issues in creative writing and is one the few global experts pioneering
attention to female mutilation as a literary theme.
George Taylor, chairman and professor
of the Department of Special Education at Coppin
State University for more than 30 years. He has directed more than 10 research
grants, published more than 27 professional articles, and published 20 books.
Taryn Bayles, professor of the practice
of chemical engineering in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical
Engineering at UMBC. She is the
department's undergraduate program director and the academic adviser for more
than 50 students.
Arthur Eckstein, professor in the Department
of History at University of Maryland, College
Park, and director of the department's honors
program. He has invigorated that program by actively recruiting students, with
a strong commitment to increasing diversity. He serves as personal adviser to
each student in the program.
Rana Khan, associate professor
and director of biotechnology programs at UMUC.
She has created and maintains an active online community of practice for her biotechnology
graduate students, using technology to both teach online, as well as to mentor
adult learners and stimulate student learning and success.
Alison McCartney of Towson University, co-designer of the
Model United Nations Simulation, which she has run since its inception. She has
mentored more than 100 TU students, who have, in turn, mentored more than 750
Stephen Bartlett, professor of surgery and
medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), and chair of the Department of Surgery.
He has used his role as a transplant surgeon to reduce racial disparity in the
field of renal transplantation. He has been recognized by Baltimore Magazine as one of the area's "Top Doctors" for
Mary Lashley, professor of nursing
at Towson University, who gives her time and
energy to help the homeless as a volunteer nurse. She has magnified her impact by
involving students with the "Helping Up Mission" and has served on the
organization's board of directors.
Place, professor at the Center of Marine
Biotechnology, University of Maryland
Biotechnology Institute (UMBI). He was drawn to the study of toxic algal
blooms a dozen years ago when an organism, thought to be Pfiesteria, killed
more than 30,000 fish in the Chesapeake Bay and sickened more than
three dozen people. He has been able to demonstrate that the causative organism
in many local and international fish kills is in fact a dinoflagellate called
Amit Shah, professor of management
at Frostburg State University. Serving
the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene AIDS Administration, he has
led efforts to assess and build HIV/AIDS prevention capacity of community-based
organizations, first for Western Maryland, then expanding to serve
the entire state.
Gerald M. Rosen from UMB and Joseph P.Y. Kao from UMBI
combined their expertise to develop a novel approach to medical bio-imaging.
The technique they have developed, electron paramagnetic resonance imaging
(EPRI), utilizes cell-specific molecular magnetic probes that can be delivered
into living cells.
Contact: Anne Moultrie