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Biology Faculty, Staff and Students honored at 2013 College Honors Convocation

Faculty, Staff, and Students of the Department of Biological Sciences were honored with numerous awards at the 2013 College of Humanities & Natural Sciences Honors Convocation on May 10th, 2013.    


Excellence in Advising Award-- Dr. E. Letitia Beard.   The Excellence in Advsiing Award goes to an outstanding faculty advisor.   One nominator stated that Dr. Beard “has served as the primary advocate and advisor to Loyola pre-health students for several decades.” Another nominator wrote that she “is a rigorous advisor, monitoring academic progress and always making herself available to all students” and that “her advising does not stop just because a student has graduated from Loyola.” These nominators conclude that the College's winner “has set the bar as to what an excellent advisor should be” and “deserves to be recognized for her lifetime of effort on behalf of Loyola’s pre-health students.”

Excellence in Service Award-- Dr. Don Hauber.   The Excellence in Community Service Award goes to an outstanding faculty member contributing to community service.   Dr. Hauber has spent countless hours over the last eight years in the process of revising our Common Curriculum. This last year has been particularly challenging and he has done “an exceptional job working with many faculty and staff to revise and implement the new Common Curriculum,” a nominator states. In addition to his work with the Standing Committee of the Common Curriculum, he is an invaluable member of the College Curriculum Committee, serves as Associate Chair for Biology, and serves as faculty advisor to Tribeta, the Biology honors society. He has also made significant contributions to the Greater New Orleans community, helping rebuild houses with the St. Bernard Project and through his work on coastal restoration with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

Excellence in Research Award-- Dr. Rosalie Anderson   The Excellence in Research Award goes to an outstanding faculty member contributing to research in their field.   From one nominating letter, Dr. Anderson's “research is highly original, cutting edge work which utilizes extensive technological instrumentation and requires exceptional breadth of knowledge and laboratory skills.   Her work has been long supported by grants from the National Institute of Health… at a time when government funding for scientific research was seriously restricted nationally.”   Five of her undergraduate researchers will complete honor’s theses this year. Last November we learned that her recently published research paper (with Loyola students as co-authors) “had been picked from a large number of publications for review in the December 6, 2012 issue of SCIENCE magazine.”


Staff Excellence Award-- Ms. Ernie Middleton.   The Excellence in Staff Award goes to an outstanding staff member of the College.  While faculty and students are at the essence of Loyola University and its teaching mission, there is a special group of people without whom the faculty’s job would be impossible. Ms. Middleton was described by nominators as “a wonderful, inspirational, and motivational person."  A faculty nominator writes that our winner is a bright star in the departmental office, providing expert support for their summer research program and for all day-to-day operations.


Rev. John H.Mullahy, S.J. Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Sciences -- Khaled Badr.   The Rev. John H. Mullahy, S.J. Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Sciences is given to the graduating student in the sciences who best fulfills the ideals of outstanding academic achievement, personal integrity, generosity of spirit, and leadership that Father Mullahy consistently attempted to elicit from his students. 

Ruth and Lee Faust Award -- Jordan J. Harbaugh-Williams.   The Ruth and Lee Faust Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Biological Sciences is given to the graduating student in Biological Sciences with the highest grade point average in the major.

St. Joseph Pignatelli, S.J. Award -- Chloe A. Thomas.   The St. Joseph Pignatelli, S.J. Award for Dedicated Service and Achievement in Biological Sciences is presented to a student in biological sciences who exemplifies the qualities of Judeo-Christian teachings and has shown integrity, honesty and loyalty.