2016 Faculty Excellence Awards

  • Elsa Cleland

    Elsa Cleland

    Associate Professor of Ecology Behavior and Evolution
    Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

    Associate Professor Elsa Cleland focuses on the intersection between plant community and ecosystem ecology, utilizing a combination of experimental, observational and data-synthesis techniques in her lab. Research into the impacts of global change offers the opportunity to ask fundamental questions about how resources and climate influence the structure and functioning of natural ecosystems, while contributing to a greater understanding of these pressing environmental problems.

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  • Terrence August

    Terrence August

    Professor of The Rady School of Management
    Excellence in Graduate Teaching

    Terry August's research broadly spans information systems and operations management with current interests in the economics of network software, production and service management, pricing and policy associated with network goods. August has co-founded two information technology start-up companies and worked in research and development and operations for the Clorox Company. He has consulted for Honeywell, GlaxoSmithKline, Herbalife and Time Warner Cable. In 2010, he received a National Science Foundation CAREER award that would provide $530,000 in research funding. August received his Ph.D. in the field of operations, information & technology from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in 2007.

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  • David Brink

    David Brink

    Professor of Philosophy
    Excellence in Research in Humanities and Social Sciences

    David Brink's work in the Philosophy Department revolving around ethics focuses on foundational issues about objectivity and normativity; practical reason, the good, and the nature of moral demands; and rights and justice. His approach blends historical concern with the views of important figures and traditions in the history of ethics and systematic concern with the clearest and most plausible formulations of first principles. With three books and four recent publications, Brink is currently working on several article-length projects in the history of ethics, ethical theory, moral psychology, and jurisprudence.

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  • Darwin Berg

    Darwin Berg

    Distinguished Professor of Biology
    Excellence in Research in Science and Engineering

    Distinguished Professor Emeritus Darwin Berg's research evaluates the role of nicotinic cholinergic signaling both in guiding the formation of complex neural networks and in regulating their function. Nicotinic cholinergic activity has been associated with numerous pathologies including Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and addiction. How the cellular and molecular features of nicotinic signaling collaborate to achieve these effects in the brain presents ongoing challenges. Molecular tools have now been implemented to make major advances in these areas.

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  • Teddy Cruz

    Teddy Cruz

    Professor of Visual Arts
    Excellence in Community Service

    Teddy Cruz is recognized internationally for his urban research of the Tijuana-San Diego border, advancing border immigrant neighborhoods as sites of cultural production, from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing and civic infrastructure. His investigation of this geography of conflict has inspired a practice and pedagogy that emerges from the particularities of this bicultural territory and the integration of theoretical research, pedagogy and design production. In 2011, he received a US Artist award and became a United States Artist Fellow and was selected by the FORD Foundation to receive their “Visionary Leader Award.” Most recently, he was named one of the 50 Most Influential Designers in America by Fast Company Magazine and received the 2013 Architecture Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.

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  • Anya Gallaccio

    Anya Gallaccio

    Professor of Visual Arts
    Excellence in the Performing and Visual Arts

    Anya Gallaccio emerged in the late '80s as part of the group of young British artists from Goldsmiths College in London. Since her first appearance in the historic 1988 Freeze exhibition, she has become established internationally, having exhibited at the Sculpture Centre, New York and Palazzo Delle Papesse, Sienna, and completed major commissions, including 'Motherlode' where she collaborated with vintner Zelma Long to make six zinfandel wines in Sonoma Valley. She has exhibited widely in the UK including Camden Art Centre, ICA, and Serpentine in London; the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham and Bluecoat, Liverpool. Gallaccio was nominated for the Turner Prize and received the prestigious Sculpture Commission for the Duveen Gallery at Tate Britain in 2003.

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Faculty Excellence Awards