On Wednesday, September 22, at the annual College of
Science Faculty and Staff Awards Day, Dean Sherman Bloomer described the
state of the college as remarkable given current economic conditions,
and he voiced confident optimism that progress was being made on
teaching, research, and personnel issues.
The dean explained that more than 4000 institutions of
higher education exist in the United States: 2500 of those are four-year
schools; about 650 are public four years schools; 152 are
research-extensive universities of which 106 are public. Among those
public are 106 land grant universities, and only 52 are land-grants that
are research extensive. OSU is one of those elite 52. OSU and its
College of Science are a part of the pinnacle of American higher
education and one of the rare places charged not just with educating
people, but with discovering new knowledge and with applying that
knowledge in the service of the public. The college has programs that
are among the very best in the world, and among its faculty are
acknowledged leaders in fields from botany to pure mathematics to
neuroscience to zoology.
Reminding faculty and staff of this context, the dean
presented the college's annual awards for outstanding achievement by the
faculty. He also announced a new award for exemplary service by a member
of the staff and encouraged chairs and faculty to express their
appreciation to support staff.
Recipients of the 2004 College of Science faculty and staff awards
Tevian Dray, Professor of Mathematics: Frederick Horne Award
for Sustained Excellence in Teaching Science; $1500.
"He is THE BEST math teacher I've ever had,
period" is the way one student described Tevian Dray. Other student
comments continued this theme: "I think one of the best things about him
is how accessible he is." "He also cares about students' learning; he
takes students comments about his class and uses them to try to improve
his teaching style." His colleagues also affirmed this commitment to
sustained excellence in teaching: "He has made a significant
contribution to the teaching of vector calculus, in particular MTH255,
which covers subjects often considered difficult by students and is
sometimes unpopular. In spite of these negative student attitudes about
the subject matter, he has received high numbers on student evaluations
and substantial praise from students." Dr. Dray obtained a B.S. from
MIT, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley.
Besides teaching and writing in English, Dr. Dray also is fluent in
three other languages: Dutch, French, and German.
The College of Science Awards to faculty are provided through the
generosity of donor families in honor or in memory of outstanding
scholars or leaders in the college as well as through the college; the
college supports the staff award. Besides recognizing specific
contributions, awards confer stipends. Certain awards also provide an
opportunity for the recipient to present on their research in a public
seminar sponsored by the award. Donations for awards are administered by
the OSU Foundation.