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2002 faculty and staff awards


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The Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching
John C. Wright


To say that John Wright teaches chemistry would be an understatement. Rather, for more than two decades, he has explored and refined cooperative, hands-on learning approaches in which he challenges students to work hard and inspires in them intellectual curiosity, respect for scientific inquiry and genuine interest in chemistry. BIO

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The Bollinger Academic Staff Distinguished Achievement Award
Leonard F. Black

Director, Wisconsin Tech-Search

This is the information age. And though mountains of information are more accessible to each of us than ever before, hunting for exactly what you want can be daunting if not impossible without a guide. Bollinger award winner and Wisconsin TechSearch Director Lenny Black leads information expeditions through uncharted reams and untold gigabits, tracking and capturing for hundreds of companies across Wisconsin and the United States. BIO

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The Byron Bird Award for Excellence in a Research Publication
James A. Dumesic

Steenbock Professor of Chemical Engineering

The 2002 Byron Bird Award for Excellence in a Research Publication is presented to Steenbock Professor of Chemical Engineering James Dumesic for his work in microkinetic modeling. The study of reaction kinetics reveals information about the rate at which change takes place and the mechanism by which the reactants in a chemical process are converted to the products. BIO

Photo of Robert Lorenz.

The Ragnar E. Onstad Service to Society Award
Robert D. Lorenz

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineeering

Within the past decade, Robert Lorenz has visited India, Nepal, Pakistan, Mexico, Cameroon, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Kenya, sometimes staying abroad for three weeks or more.

Such trips sound like exotic vacations, but Lorenz traveled to each locale with a medical mission in mind. For 30 years, he has played an active role in the Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF), which supports the U.S. Presbyterian Church's worldwide medical programs with funds, equipment, medical supplies and volunteers. BIO