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May 9, 2006
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

Six KU faculty members earn distinguished teaching awards; two others honored

LAWRENCE — Six University of Kansas faculty members will receive distinguished teaching awards for the 2005-06 academic year during commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 21, and two others have been rewarded for teaching excellence.

The Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Classroom Teaching are given each year to faculty from the KU Medical Center. This year’s recipients are Victor Gustavo Blanco, assistant professor of molecular and integrative physiology, School of Medicine; Ginger Breedlove, assistant professor, School of Nursing; and Dianne Durham, professor of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, School of Medicine.

On the Lawrence campus, Catherine Weaver, assistant professor of political science, received the Silver Anniversary Award, provided by the 25-year alumni class.

Dietrich Earnhart, associate professor of economics, received the Byron T. Schutz Award. The award, established in 1978 to honor distinguished teaching in economics and business, was modified in 1985 to honor outstanding teachers from any discipline in alternate years.

The Ned N. Fleming Trust Award for distinguished teaching, scholarship and service was awarded to Sally Cornelison, assistant professor of history of art.

Bobbi Rahder, lecturer in indigenous museum studies for the Center for Indigenous Nations Studies, has won the seventh annual Crystal Eagle Award, given by indigenous nations studies graduate students to an individual who shows exceptional leadership and dedication toward helping community members or students within indigenous communities. The award will be presented to Rahder on Thursday, May 11, at the Center for Indigenous Nations Studies’ Crystal Eagle Banquet at the Kansas Union. The event is not open to the public.

David Katzman, professor of American studies, has won the 2006 Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award. He will be honored during KU’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on Saturday, May 20, at the Lied Center. The award honors faculty members who have demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to graduate students and graduate education, as well as distinguishing themselves as scholars. The award, sponsored by the Graduate School, includes a $1,000 cash prize.


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