Aug. 24, 2004

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Three more professors receive $5K Kemper Awards from 'Surprise Patrol'

LAWRENCE -- A professor of physics and astronomy, a professor of pediatrics and an associate professor of applied behavioral science are the latest University of Kansas and University of Kansas Medical Center faculty members to receive $5,000 Kemper Awards for excellence in teaching and advising.

Fourteen professors have received Kemper Awards, with six left to go.

The W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding teachers and advisers at KU as determined by a seven-member selection committee. Now in the ninth year of a 10-year program, the awards were established by a $500,000 fund from the William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank-Trustee, and $500,000 in matching funds from the KU Endowment Association.

The William T. Kemper Foundation was established in 1989 after Kemper's death. The foundation is dedicated to continuing Kemper's lifelong interest in improving the human condition and quality of life. The foundation supports Midwest communities and concentrates on initiatives in education, health and human services, civic improvements and the arts.

Names and biographies of the latest winners are:

Yolanda Jackson, associate professor of applied behavioral science
Since coming to KU in 1995, Jackson has taught and advised students in the Clinical Child Psychology program, where peers praise her "outstanding performance as a teacher, supervisor of research and clinical practicum, and mentor to graduate students." Jackson's students laud her challenging but often entertaining lectures and benefit from her assistance with graduate and undergraduate research.

Stephen D. Smith, professor of pediatrics
A four-time recipient of the KUMC Student Voice Excellence in Teaching award, Dr. Smith first served on the KU faculty from 1977 to 1982 before returning to his current position in 1997. His on-going research in pediatric oncology has garnered 22 research grant awards and resulted in 90 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Smith is praised by his peers "outstanding" teacher who works with medical students both in the classroom and through their residencies to instill a working knowledge of pediatric medicine in a friendly environment.

Barbara Anthony-Twarog, professor of physics and astronomy
Anthony-Twarog received a master's and a Ph.D. in astronomy from Yale University before joining the KU faculty in 1982. Recently a visiting astronomer at Cerro Tololo InterAmerican Observatory, Anthony-Twarog has published many articles in the Astronomical Journal. An educator who describes herself as committed to raising public interest and awareness of science, one colleague lauded Anthony-Twarog's "gift" for making science both entertaining and informative not only to students but to the community at large.

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