San Diego, CA, March 22, 2006 -- Bioengineering professor Bernhard Palsson and Computer Science and Engineering professor Geoffrey Voelker have been honored by UCSD with awards that honor excellence in teaching and research.
The 2006 Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Awards were handed out yesterday during a ceremony in Atkinson Hall.
(Palsson was also cited this week as a major player in the field of comparative interactomics, one of Technology Review magazine's top 10 emerging technology fields of 2006; to read the news release, click here .)
Three other prizes were handed out. The award for excellence in graduate teaching went to Literature professor Shelley Streeby, an authority on American literature, American studies, cultural studies and theory. Psychology professor Harold Pashler received the award for excellence in research in arts, humanities and social sciences, and James Dunford, M.D. and professor of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, was cited for community service.
CSE's Geoff Voelker was selected for his "fresh teaching approach, tireless advocacy for student efforts and exceptional contributions" to his department." Voelker has consistently received outstanding student reviews, especially from those who participate in his popular Software System Design and Implementation course. CSE 125 teams seniors in their final quarter on projects to build from scratch, over the course of ten weeks, a massively multi-player, networked computer game.
"Students love Professor Voelker's classes because he has the uncanny ability to make extremely challenging curricula contemporary, fun and exciting," said Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible. "He truly inspires his students to experience the thrill of engineering. The vision, commitment and extraordinary efforts Professor Voelker demonstrates through his teaching make him an exemplary member of the UCSD faculty."
"Professor Palsson exemplifies how bioengineers can contribute to the advancement of modern biology and medicine," said Seible. "His research has paved the way for new understanding of how living systems function, and he has successfully translated that understanding into practice."
Chancellor's Associates is a program for donors who give an annual leadership gift of $1,500 or more to the university. Since 1974, UCSD has recognized 100 extraordinary faculty members with Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Awards.
"It is a pleasure to see this year's honorees receive the recognition they so richly deserve," said Marsha Chandler, UCSD senior vice chancellor of Academic Affairs. "They play so many roles well -- they are teachers, researchers, campus citizens and community leaders. Each serves as an excellent representative of the outstanding quality of our faculty."
About UCSD Chancellor's Associates
The UCSD Chancellor's Associates program exists as an opportunity for the university to connect with friends and supporters within the community. Through the years, the group has grown to include more than 400 alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends from across the country. Chancellor's Associates donors are recognized for their generosity in providing annual leadership gifts of $1,500 or more to be used at the Chancellor's discretion. Chancellor's Associates gifts contribute to the $1 billion fundraisinggoal of The Campaign for UCSD: Imagine What's Next.