Fall 2011 Outstanding Bachelor of Arts
Genene Duran, Department of Communication (not pictured)
Yvette Bueno Olson says: "She was one of two students that took the initiative without instructor guidance [to explore] the possibility of working on an action oriented final project for the [Health Communication] class. She has also demonstrated the capacity to cross influence her efforts by informing student in the classroom of opportunities in the community as well as engaging the community with University efforts."
Fall 2011 Outstanding Bachelor of Science
Hannah Houck, B.S., Biology
Cheri Jones says: "Hannah is one of our most hard-working undergraduates.... She is very well organized and meticulous in detail, and displays a sense of humor that has made for a positive rapport with her students. She is one of the most responsible of my lab instructors."
Spring 2012 Outstanding Bachelor of Arts
Caroline Croyle, Dual Degree: B.A., Geography-Environmental Science option and B.A., International Studies
Deborah Thomas says: "Academically, Caroline is at the top of her class, but what distinguishes her most is her commitment to giving back to society.... She was passionate and enthusiastic about learning and her education, with a curiosity that extends beyond the requirements of class."
Yiyi Jiang, B.A., Economics
Buhong Zheng says: "Yiyi is mature, considerate, thoughtful and helpful. In recent years, we have had many Chinese students from our ICB program coming to study in Denver [and] Yiyi has been very helpful in helping new students adjust to the new environment and in assisting them to be successful academically."
2012 Outstanding Master of Science Student
Jennifer Diemunsch, M.S., Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Michael Ferrara says: "Jenny's natural energy and enthusiasm, both mathematically and in general, translates seamlessly to her time in the classroom, where she has served both as a recitation assistant and as an instructor with full-course responsibility.... She is a natural educator, delivering information clearly while doing an excellent job of keeping a handle on her audience…Jenny has served as a mentor to students throughout our department. She is always available to give advice or simply lend an ear to her peers.... She devotes an amazing amount of time and effort to her work, and is one of the most thorough graduate students I have ever had the chance to work with.... I am certain that it will propel her to great things as she progresses into her career. "
2012 Outstanding Ph.D. Student
Courtney Lee, Ph.D., Health and Behavioral Sciences (not pictured)
Deborah Main says: "Quite simply, during her tenure in the department, Courtney has helped to shape the culture and academic standards of our doctoral program more than any student I've known.... She has developed strong research collaborations with faculty members and fellows from the Anschutz Medical Campus and Department of Veteran’s Affairs, where she demonstrates an exceptional ability to bridge the often large divide between social science and clinical medicine.... Courtney's doctoral research addresses an important and compelling question about the impacts of the medical tourism industry in Costa Rica where she spent over a year conducting ethnographic field work in public and private hospitals and clinics, recovery homes for medical tourists, within government institutions and the university. Her dissertation findings will undoubtedly lead to many publications, follow-on funding, a prominent place in her field, and a bright future as an academic."
Faculty & Staff Awards
Teaching Excellence Award - Honorarium and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Margaret Bruehl, Chemistry
An anonymous response on a student's FCQ sums up Dr. Bruehl's impact on her students: "I really developed as a scientist. I learned to be neat, think critically and work independently. Honestly, I hated the course initially. It was stressful and intimidating, but now I can say it has taught me the most and was well worth it. Dr. Bruehl really pushed me, which was hard, but helped me grow. I'd take it again. I loved seeing my work improve through the course."
Joan T. Bihun, Psychology (UCD campus award winner)
Peter Kaplan says, "Take a well-trained and very knowledgeable behavioral scientist, add a talent for teaching and communication, hours of preparation and organization, throw in a lot of energy and passion, and round it off with thoughtfulness and caring about the students' experience, and that will be a start. She is the kind of instructor who will not only move around any furniture in a classroom that is not bolted down, but who will also put it all back where it was before she leaves the room."
Jean Scandlyn, Anthropology (not pictured)
In her statement, Dr. Scandlyn indicates that her, "philosophy of teaching arises most directly from my own undergraduate liberal arts education where I learned the value of approaching any question or problem from multiple disciplines and perspectives."
Teaching Excellence Award - Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty
Michael Ferrara, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Mike Jacobson says, "He has become a leader in curriculum development, advising students, working to train future teachers, outreach to K-12 students (and teachers), working tirelessly mentoring our graduate students as well as be a stellar classroom instructor."
Lisa Keränen, Communication
Brian Ott and Sonja Foss say, "[Dr. Keranen's] teaching strengths include intellectual rigor, clarity of learning goals and expectations, the ability to inspire students to succeed, and an abiding commitment to learning outside the classroom."
Doris Kimbrough, Chemistry
Mark Anderson says, "In addition to routinely receiving the highest FCQ ratings among the faculty in the Chemistry department, Dr. Kimbrough has actively to the assessment of the Chemistry program, has developed new courses for the curriculum to address student needs, and she is actively engaged in scholarship activities that enhance our understanding of how chemistry is taught and learned.
Research and Creative Activities Excellence Awards
Elizabeth Allen, Psychology
Peter Kaplan says, "A noteworthy aspect of her research activities is her strong involvement of undergraduate and graduate students, several of whom have been co-authors on publications and conference presentations. Dr. Allen is an enormously effective mentor and role-model to our students. She is chairing a number of doctoral dissertations committees and has chaired many M.A. thesis and undergraduate honors research projects.... I'm proud to be associated with her."
Stephen J. Hartnett, Communication
David Zarefsky, endowed professor emeritus at Northwestern University says, "Throughout his career, Hartnett has been concerned with issues related to prisons and penology and has come to focus especially on capital punishment. Hartnett is not neutral on these topics and he sees his teaching and research as means to fulfill his political and moral commitments. His research on these topics exemplifies what it means to do 'engaged scholarship.'"
Julien Langou, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Jack Donbarra, Director of the ICL, one of the premier computing research centers in the United States, says, "Dr. Langou already has a number of publications related to linear algebra, parallel processing and the efficient use of microprocessors. These are publications where he was responsible for a substantial part of the theory and implementation effort, not just a helper on the project. In addition, the variety of topics covered by his contributions and the multitude of different co-authors are strong signs of the candidate's breadth of interests, versatility, and ability to work with colleagues."
Faculty Service Award
Charles A. Ferguson, Integrative Biology (UCD campus award winner) (not pictured)
From a group of students preparing for medical school: "Graduate school in health care is highly competitive…..Excellence is essential every step of the way.... As student who have suffered these challenges, the influence and guidance of Dr. Ferguson has been instrumental in surmounting these obstacles. He has been there through distressing times to give words of encouragement...and knows every detail along the way.... He has responded within hours to frantic emails trying to meet deadlines for applications or plan coursework before waitlists were full.... He has helped us to view our goals as within our grasp at moments when they seemed as if they were slipping out of reach.... It is people like Dr. Ferguson that make dreams capable of being reached.... His contributions to our lives are incalculable."
Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award
Steven G. Medema, Economics
Buhong Zheng says, "Professor Medema is one of the world's leading scholars in his field, the History of Economic Thought. He is a prolific writer. He has authored/edited 15 books and published over 100 journal articles and book reviews. Many of his books have been published by premier publishers such as Princeton Press and his articles regularly appear in top field journals and top general journals.... His latest book won the European Society for the History of Economic Thought's prize for the best book published in 2008-2009. He was recently awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship--the first ever awarded to a UC Denver faculty member, as well as a $100,000 research grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking."
Outstanding Staff Award
Catherine Rathbun, Chemistry
Marta Maron says, "Over the years she has made countless contributions to the Department of Chemistry...her involvement in the coordination, development, and training of chemistry teaching assistants, as well as in her preparation and up-keep of the teaching chemistry laboratories has been invaluable.... Without her ability to successfully organize and prepare for the needs of the many different laboratory sections...it would be impossible for the chemistry department to run as smoothly as it does.... Catherine's contribution to the development of Teaching Assistant Handbooks [and] attendance to weekly TA meetings…ensures that every student and TA has a positive, productive, and safe laboratory experience.... [I have] marveled at her ability to balance the needs of faculty, teaching assistants, work-studies, and most importantly students…all the while upholding a positive and helpful attitude."
Richard Lundgren, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (not pictured)
Jan Mandel says, "Rich was the department chair back in 1986 when I came to UCD, and he always personified for me what a department chair should be: thoughtful, respectful of the faculty, committed, patient, and putting the interest of the department before his own. He was the soul of the department during the transition to the PhD program. I will consider myself lucky if I can become half of the department chair he was."
Richard VanDeWeghe, English (not pictured)
Michele Comstock says, "Dr. Richard VanDeWeghe has mentored innumerable students and teachers through founding the Denver Writing Project in 2000; contributing to teacher research through numerous articles and a book on classroom inquiry; and providing rich, highly praised courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in writing and the teaching of writing. Winning the President's Teaching Scholar award, Dr. VanDeWeghe was a teacher's teacher, holding informal and formal workshops for teachers at all levels and consulting with struggling schools and writing project sites. It is difficult to measure the true impact of his thoughtful and skilled mentoring. His intensity and love for teacher research was contagious, and he unflaggingly brings those qualities to every online, phone, and in-person consultation. Many CU Denver students became involved in education or English because of Dr. VanDeWeghe's inspiration, that is, his uncanny ability to mobilize teachers and bring a spirit of inquiry and curiosity to their everyday lives in the classroom."