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2003 faculty and staff awards


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The Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching
John Moore


His colleagues describe him as prolific, innovative, an outstanding educator, a mentor and a leader. Chemistry Professor John Moore's students praise his personal, energetic and engaging teaching style.

Moore excels at motivating students and encouraging a learning environment. "Although I was sitting in a lecture hall with over 300 people, the class seemed as personal and interactive as a class of 20 people," says one student.BIO

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The Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching
Michael J. Smith

Robert Ratner Professor of Industrial Engineering

"Best professor I have ever had." "I enjoyed going to class." "Thought-provoking." "Real-life examples were valuable." Comments such as these regularly appear in student evaluations of Professor Michael J. Smith.

To engage students with human-factors, organizational management, ergonomics, and other issues, he presents a melange of videotapes, websites, slides, overheads and personal anecdotes. And though his courses often draw as many as 100 students, Smith wanders into the aisles to talk with them about the ideas they're learning. "We discuss, argue, comment, agree, disagree, complain and laugh," he says. BIO

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The Bollinger Academic Staff Distinguished Achievement Award
Mark Swandby, Administrator

Engineering Physics

As a registered professional engineer with an MBA and experience in the nuclear power industry, Mark Swandby is uniquely qualified to serve as administrator for the Department of Engineering Physics. In fact, his title does not quite capture the value of his performance.

"Mark's title was 'Assistant to-,' but it could reasonably have been 'Assistant Chair' or even 'Associate Chair,'" says Emeritus Professor and former nuclear engineering department chair Max Carbon. "Certainly, he performed duties handled by faculty members in many departments." BIO

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The Byron Bird Award for Excellence in a Research Publication
James D. Callen

Kerst Professor of Engineering Physics and Physics

James Callen is the recipient of the 2003 Byron Bird Award for his contributions to the theoretical prediction and experimental identification of neoclassical tearing modes (NTMs) in controlled fusion plasmas. NTMs are now recognized as a major potential obstacle to operation of a tokamak fusion reactor.

A tokamak is essentially a toroidal magnetic bottle used for holding high-temperature plasma. The magnetic fields are produced by a combination of currents flowing in external coils and currents flowing within the plasma itself. Researchers have been studying tokamaks for more than 50 years with the goal of creating a suitable magnetic bottle for a stable, sustained fusion reaction — a problem that has been compared to trying to hold Jell-O with rubber bands. BIO