2011 award recipients

2011 Usibelli award winners
The 2011 Usibelli award winners, from left to right, Roger Hansen, Vladimir Romanovsky & Gregory Owens.

Teaching

Gregory J. Owens

Mr. Gregory J. Owens

WHEREAS Mr. Gregory J. Owens has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction since 1987; and has dedicated his career to working with students from traditionally underrepresented populations; and who inspires in many of his students passionate testimonials as to his effectiveness as a teacher and mentor; and

WHEREAS Mr. Owens is a superb and highly innovative developmental mathematics teacher who continuously seeks to improve the quality of his students' experience by analyzing student feedback, course content and materials, and delivery methodologies, and by incorporating in his classes best practices and technologies that enhance student learning; and

WHEREAS Mr. Owens' reach in mathematics education is unbounded by the traditional nine-month academic year, and as a mathematics instructor and academic coordinator, has been an integral part of the Rural Alaska Honors Institute for more than twenty-five years;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Alaska Fairbanks takes great pride in the achievements and contributions of its faculty and extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to Mr. Gregory J. Owens; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University, in recognizing the extraordinary excellence in teaching demonstrated by Mr. Gregory J. Owens, bestows upon him the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award on this day of May 2, 2011.


Research

Vladimir E. Romanovsky

Dr. Vladimir E. Romanovsky

WHEREAS Dr. Vladimir E. Romanovsky has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction since 1998; and has developed an internationally recognized program through which he is widely known as one of the world's leaders in permafrost research; and

WHEREAS Dr. Romanovsky’s monitoring of the condition of permafrost provides one of the primary records of change at high latitudes, and is critical to understanding the pattern of past change and in making predictions for the future in an era of measurable climate change; and

WHEREAS Dr. Romanovsky and his research group's work stimulates interdisciplinary activities with University faculty members in biology and engineering, spurring development of innovative ideas that incorporate coupled biological and geophysical processes;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Alaska Fairbanks takes great pride in the achievements and contributions of its faculty and extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Vladimir E. Romanovsky; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University, in recognizing the extraordinary excellence in research demonstrated by Dr. Vladimir E. Romanovsky, bestows upon him the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Research Award on this day of May 2, 2011.


Service

Roger A. Hansen

Dr. Roger A. Hansen

WHEREAS Dr. Roger A. Hansen has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction since 1994; and whose knowledge and willingness to communicate clearly makes him adept at translating science about earthquakes and tsunamis into terms the general public can understand and use; and

WHEREAS Dr. Hansen, as Director of the Alaska Earthquake Information Center, has provided invaluable leadership in maintaining a dedicated staff and a network of seismometers throughout the State to monitor and evaluate earthquakes; and has been an effective advocate for accurate modeling so Alaska's coastal citizens can be better prepared for tsunamis; and

WHEREAS Dr. Hansen has provided his expertise in seismology to a range of regional and national government agencies as well as through participation in many public outreach programs and presentations throughout the State;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Alaska Fairbanks takes great pride in the achievements and contributions of its faculty and extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Roger A. Hansen; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University, in recognizing the extraordinary excellence in service demonstrated by Dr. Roger A. Hansen, bestows upon him the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Service Award on this day of May 2, 2011.

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