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Three Faculty Members Recognized for Scholarly Activity

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    PASA Awards Ceremony

    From left, David J. Birnbach, vice provost for faculty affairs; Leonidas Bachas, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity recipients Harvey Siegel, Michelle Wachs Galloway, and J. Tomás López; and Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc.

    Michelle Wachs Galloway, J. Tomás López, and Harvey Siegel, all faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences, are recipients of the 2013 Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity, which recognizes demonstrated excellence in research by either a single unique achievement or several years of stellar scholarly productivity.

    With Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Leonidas Bachas, and other faculty members in attendance, the three were honored on April 8 at a ceremony held in the School of Business Administration’s McLamore Executive Education Center dining room.

    Galloway, a professor of mathematics, is renowned in the field of combinatorics, a branch of mathematics that concerns the study of finite or countable discrete structures. Galloway has held visiting academic positions at numerous top mathematical institutes such as the Newton Institute at Cambridge, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, and the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Djursholm, Sweden. She has lectured at MIT, Penn, Cambridge, Stanford, Princeton, and Cornell, and has served on the editorial boards of Advances in Applied Mathematics, SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics, and the recently established Journal of Combinatorics. She has had continuous NSF funding since 1981 and was recently named to the inaugural class of American Mathematical Society Fellows.

    López, a professor in the Department of Art and Art History, is an expert in the field of large-scale digital printing. His prints are part of several major collections, including those of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of American Arts, and the International Museum of Photography. In a collection of photographs called Le Métro (The Subway), López recorded life in the London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, New York, and Rome subways. The collection is included in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) and is one of two López portfolios that were recently added to the U.S. Library of Congress. He has won the Cintas Fellowship and the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship as well as numerous University-sponsored research grants and awards. In addition to his brilliant artwork, he is an excellent teacher and a highly cooperative departmental citizen.

    Siegel is a professor of philosophy and a leading authority in the fields of epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of education. He has authored four books, edited three volumes, and published more than 120 papers in leading journals. Siegel has held visiting professorships at Berkeley, Stanford, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Groningen. He has received a John Dewey Senior Research Fellowship and research support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Spencer Foundation as well as many other awards and honors. He serves on 15 editorial boards, and chaired the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Philosophy from 1999 to 2011, a period during which he engineered, with the support of the administration, the reinvention and development of the department to its current levels of excellence.

    At this year’s ceremony, the many recipients of the Provost’s Research Awards were acknowledged. The awards are classified into three categories—the Max Orovitz Research Awards in the Arts and Humanities, the James W. McLamore Research Awards in Business and Social Sciences, and the Research Awards in Natural Sciences and Engineering. They were established to foster excellence in research and creative scholarship and provide support for salary, direct research costs, or both.


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