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May 5, 2009
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UMD Announces Faculty Awards for 2008-2009


UMD 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

Vicki Hansen, professor of geological sciences
Vicki Hansen earned her degrees in Geology: B.A. from Carleton College (1980), M.S. from University of Montana (1983) and Ph.D. from UCLA (1987). Hansen joined the faculty at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1987 where she advanced to Associate (1993) and Full Professor (1997); she served as Chair of the new-formed Environmental Science Program (1998-2000). At SMU Hansen received the Sigma Xi Outstanding Research Award and the Phi Beta Kappa Perrine Prize. Hansen joined the faculty at UMD in 2002 as McKnight Presidential Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences; she served as the Geoscience Director of Graduate Studies from 2003-07. Hansen's research and teaching interests include understanding how rocky/icy planets work, evolve, and lose heat; in short, how they tick. She is particularly fascinated with the bending and breaking of planet surfaces, and the resulting record of operative planetary processes, especially on Earth and Venus. Fundamentally it all comes down to rheology - an excuse to play with her food, and encourage students to do the same.

Hansen has served on editorial boards for Geology and Geological Society of America Bulletin, and on review/advisory panels for American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, Lunar and Planetary Institute, NSF, NASA, and the Smithsonian. She currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Geological Research. She is a Geological Society of America Fellow, and member of AGU, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi. Hansen has authored over 60 refereed papers or book chapters, 11 geologic maps, and over 130 conference presentations, many with students

UMD 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.

Curt L. Anderson, professor of economics
Dr. Curt L. Anderson is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education at the Labovitz School of Business and Economics. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Wyoming. His research interests are in the fields of natural resource and environmental economics as well as economic education. He has authored articles appearing in numerous journals and has written several grade K-12 curriculum books including Economics and the Environment, A Yen to Trade, and Seas, Trees, and Economies, and numerous lessons in other publications. He is the creator of the Council for Economic Education's National Economics Challenge. Dr. Anderson has provided economic education workshops throughout Minnesota, the U.S., and the world including Japan, Australia, South Africa, Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, and former Soviet republics in Central Asia. He was inducted into the University of Minnesota Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 1999 and has received numerous awards for his service and contributions to quality education from the University of Minnesota, the Council on Economic Education, and the National Association of Economic Educators.

UMD 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.

Eve Browning, professor of philosophy
Eve Browning majored in Philosophy at the University of Florida, where she was a junior year inductee into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California San Diego. Prior to joining the UMD faculty, she held faculty appointments at the University of California Riverside, Ohio State University, and the University of Denver. She specializes in ancient philosophy and classical studies generally. She is also interested in ethics, the endlessly fascinating history of western philosophy and its dominant ideas, philosophy of art, philosophy of mind, the study of emotion, and the creative train wreck that is popular culture. She has published books and articles in all of these areas.

UMD Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award is given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students.

Janice Kmetz, associate professor of art & design, School of Fine Arts
Jennifer Mencl, assistant professor of management studies, Labovitz School of Business and Economics
Bruce Mork, instructor of sociology/anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
Steve Sternberg, associate professor of chemical engineering, Swenson College of Science and Engineering
Anne Tellett, assistant professor of social work, College of Education and Human Service Professions

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.

Stephen B. Castleberry, Professor, Marketing

Stephen B. Castleberry, Ph.D. has been a Professor of Marketing in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics since 1992. Prior to joining UMD he held positions at Northern Illinois University (UARCO Professor of Sales and Marketing endowed chair) and the University of Georgia. He has been department chairperson at both NIU and UMD.

Dr. Castleberry has published over forty refereed journal articles in national publications and is the co-author of a best-selling textbook, now in its seventh edition. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Business Research (was marketing editor of this journal) and the Journal of Selling and Major Account Management. He has done consulting work for international as well as regional businesses and appeared in eight segments of a PBS special on personal selling called The Sales Connection. Current areas of research include informal organization of sales teams, sales training, salesperson listening, and business ethics. He has received numerous awards including the LSBE Faculty Service Award, Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year Award, Hormel Meritorious Teaching Award, Ideal Industries Excellence in Teaching Award, Merrell Dow Outstanding Teacher of the Year, NCR Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Undergraduate Program, and others.

Carmen M. Latterell, Associate Professor, Mathematics & Statistics

Carmen M. Latterell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and mathematics education from the College of St. Scholastica in 1988. She taught as a secondary mathematics teacher for a year, and then returned to school, earning a Master of Science Degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1991. She held the position of Instructor of Mathematics at UMD for the next six years, before returning to school again to earn a PhD in mathematics education from the University of Iowa. In 2000, she returned to UMD as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics, obtaining promotion to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure in 2006.

Latterell's area of interest is in students' dispositions, interests, and motivations with respect to learning mathematics, including motivations to participate in activities in mathematics classrooms as well as motivations to major in mathematics and/or mathematics education. She has published over 40 articles, as well as 2 books, in the area of mathematics education. She has won the College of Science and Engineering Young Teacher Award (2006) and the Jean G. Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award (2007). Currently, she is the Principle Investigator on a $3 million National Science Foundation grant that aims to increase mathematics and science graduate students' ability to communicate with secondary students, secondary teachers' ability to teach inquiry lessons in mathematics and science, and secondary students' interest in mathematics and science.

Justin Rubin, Professor, Music

Prolific in a variety of artistic disciplines, Justin Rubin (b.1971), composer, painter, organist/pianist, multimedia artist, and author, was initially educated under the tutelage of his father. He subsequently pursued formal training at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division between 1986 and 1989. He graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1992 with the distinction of Summa Cum Laude where he studied composition, organ, and art history. Continuing at Purchase, Rubin graduated in 1994 with a Master of Fine Arts in composition while beginning to explore performance art and multimedia presentations.

Following a Fulbright Scholarship in organ musicology to Denmark in 1994, he continued his studies at the University of Arizona (1995-98) under the guidance of Daniel Asia while completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition. One piece exemplifying Rubin's compositional concerns that was completed during this period was distinguished with a BMI Student Composer Award (1997).

He has had performances of his compositions by the Minnesota Orchestra and chamber ensembles around the world. He has recorded as a pianist on the Mode and Vandenburg labels and performed in Europe and across the country. His first solo composition CD, Nostalgia, was recently released by Innova Recordings. He has articles published in The Schubertian, The American Organist, and The Sorabji Archives. He has received grants for his compositions by the Jerome Foundation, Meet-the-Composer, the McKnight Foundation, and the University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study.

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