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Five Receive Top Faculty Awards for 2001-02

Date: May 14, 2002
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Photos By: Lisa Ventre, Colleen Kelley, Dottie Stover
Archive: Campus News
  • A physicist with boundless energy.

  • A historian undaunted by bombs and earthquakes.

  • A literature expert and writer who spreads her enthusiasm for black writers.

  • A fine arts and photography teacher who transforms her students.

  • An electronic media expert with an apprenticeship-style approach to preparing future professionals.

These five professors are the winners of this year's Faculty Awards at the University of Cincinnati. Each was honored at a ceremony during the All-University Faculty Meeting on May 14:

George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Distinguished Scientific Research
Mark Jarrell, physics, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Mark JarrellJarrell is a lot like the electrons he studies - always on the move ... always looking for new ways to interact with colleagues and disciplines far removed from basic physics. But unlike most electrons, he's always at a high-energy state. He is a computational theoretical condensed matter physicist, interested in strongly correlated electronic materials. He has developed a number of computational methods used by scientists and engineers worldwide.
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George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Excellence in Scholarly Works
Ann Twinam, history, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Ann TwinamBomb blasts, earthquakes and daunting secret codes have never been enough to distract historian Ann Twinam from her quest to better understand the history of Latin America. Potential danger and difficulty are all in a day's research for Twinam. Her research often takes her to Colombia, now an unstable center for illegal drug lords. Her most recent volume, Public Lives, Private Secrets: Gender, Honor, Sexuality and Illegitimacy in Colonial Spanish America, centers on more than 200 legal cases in which a host of well-to-do men and women sought to have their illegitimate births made "legitimate" through the purchase of an expensive court document. Before she could find these petitions, she had to crack an unknown coding system in an old Spanish archives.
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Mrs. A.B. "Dolly" Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching Angelene Jamison-Hall, African American studies, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Angelene Jamison-HallJamison-Hall displays such enthusiasm for black writers such as Langston Hughes, Toni Morrison, Paul L. Dunbar, Gwendolyn Brooks, Zora Neale Hurston, Dorothy West and Ann Petry that her students can't help but catch it from her. Her courses are considered a crown jewel in the Department of African American studies. Not even dialysis three times a week for three hours a day has diminished her fervor for African American literature.
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Mrs. A.B. "Dolly" Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching
Jane Alden Stevens, fine arts/photography, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning

Jane Alden StevensStevens possesses the quiet power to change the lives of the students entering her classroom. Twenty years ago, she joined the faculty at UC as a visiting artist in photography. She has been here ever since. She honors students in such a way that they begin to honor themselves more. She also is willing to show her own vulnerabilities.
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George Barbour Award for Good Faculty-Student Relations
H. Michael Sanders, electronic media, Raymond Walters College (RWC)

H. Michael SandersSanders is the director of RWC's Media Services Center and Electronic Media Program and professor of Electronic Media. His apprentice-style program offers learning opportunities that allow students to work alongside professionals. Graduates of the program have gone on to careers at Channels 5, 9 and 12, digital imaging at Hasbro, On Location Multimedia, Gardner Publications and advertising firms like Mann Bukvic Olsen Partners and Nash Finch.
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