UNC Faculty Recognized for Research and Scholarly Work

The University of Northern Colorado’s Faculty Research and Publications Board, College Deans, and the Office of Sponsored Programs will recognize faculty achievement in research and other academic pursuits at the Distinguished Scholar Luncheon on Monday, April 7.

Nine faculty will be presented with awards.

Steven Anderson, professor of Earth Science and Director of the Mast Institute, will receive the 2014 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar award – given annual to a faculty member who’s consistently demonstrated outstanding scholarly performance. 

Awards for college scholars will be presented to:  Rashida Banerjee, associate professor of Special Education; Steven Seegel, Associate Professor of History; Michael Martin, Associate Professor of Business Law; Anton Dzhamay, Associate Professor of Mathematics; Caleb Harris, Associate Professor of Music; and Andrea Falcone, Assistant Professor of University Libraries. 

In addition, Elizabeth Franklin, professor of Hispanic Studies, will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Sponsored Programs Award; and David Hydock, Assistant Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, will receive the Sponsored Programs New Faculty Recognition Award. 

About the recipients:

Steven Anderson is the Director of the Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute at the University of Northern Colorado, and a Professor of Earth Sciences. Anderson was born in Arizona and raised in Wisconsin where he was an unmotivated chronic underachiever as a high school student. He received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Cornell College in Iowa, and an MS and PhD from Arizona State University. His graduate studies focused on the formation of lava domes worldwide, and it was during this time that he published his first professional paper, the cover article in Nature in 1989.  He has gone on to publish nearly 40 professional papers and has given nearly 150 conference presentations. He has held faculty positions at Arizona State, the University of Arizona, the University of Pittsburgh, Black Hills State University (South Dakota), the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Virginia.  He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. Steve lives in Fort Collins with his wife Karen, and is an avid endurance athlete with 8 Ironman triathlon finishes to his credit.

Rashida Banerjee, PhD, is an Associate Professor and MA Special Education: Early Childhood Program Coordinator in the School of Special Education at UNC.  Rashid’s research areas and interests are effective assessment of young children, especially issues around diversity, inclusive intervention for young children, teacher preparation, and effective community, family, and professional partnerships. In accordance with her interests, Rashida has published articles, book chapters, received grants, and presented over 65 juried presentations at national and international conferences. She received the New Faculty Recognition Award from OSP in 2012.

Steven Seegel is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Northern Colorado.  He is author of books on the history of modern East European geography, geopolitics, and critical cartography.  These include Ukraine under Western Eyes (Harvard University Press, 2011) and most recently Mapping Europe’s Borderlands: Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2012), which was a finalist for the Joseph Rothschild Prize of the Association for the Study of Nationalities.  His current project, Map Wars: Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe, is a microstudy of the entangled modern lives and transnational careers of six geographers across East Central Europe, from the 1870s to the 1950s.  

Michael W. Martin is an Associate Professor of Business Law and Daniels Ethics Initiative Fellow in the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado. Professor Martin teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the legal environment of business, regulatory law, international law, and ethics. He holds an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Washington, as well as a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Creighton University. Professor Martin was awarded the 2012 Monfort College of Business Teacher of the Year Award.   Professor Martin’s research interests involve international law, Title VII, business ethics, state and federal policy, complexities of real estate transactions, and estate planning and taxation issues. His work has appeared in, or is forthcoming in, outlets such as the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, the Journal of Legal Studies in Business, International Journal of Strategic Management, and the Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, among others. He has won best paper awards at Academic and Business Research Institute and Allied Academics conferences. Prior to joining UNC, Professor Martin practiced law in multiple jurisdictions while serving as an adjunct professor at Washington State University. He has been licensed to practice law in six states, including Washington, Nebraska, California, Oregon, Idaho, and Colorado. His practice included the areas of criminal law, estate planning, tax, contracts, corporate, and family law.

Anton Dzhamay is an Associate Professor of Mathematics. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Anton  obtained his undergraduate degree (with honors) in Applied Mathematics from Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics in 1993 and then continued his studies at Columbia University, where he received M.A (1994), M.Phil. (1997) and Ph.D. (2000). Before coming to UNC in 2005, Anton was a postdoctoral Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan and visiting Ritt Assistant Professor at Columbia University. He briefly returned to Columbia as a Visiting Associate Professor last year, while on sabbatical leave from the UNC.
                                                                                                                             
Anton's current research is in the field of Completely Integrable Systems and specifically, in the theory of Discrete Integrable Systems and Painlevé Equations. The main goals of this research area are to understand the mechanisms that control behavior of solutions of complicated nonlinear equations, and to use it to describe many important real-life nonlinear models. Anton has a thriving research program that includes collaborations with scientists from Canada, Japan, Russia, and the UK. Over the last 6 years Anton gave 25 invited talks at prestigious international venues and conferences across the globe, including Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Russia, UK, and the US, as well as numerous invited seminar talks. His work was published in such top-tier journals as the "International Mathematics Research Notices", the "Journal of Physics A", and the "Journal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics".  Anton just submitted an important paper with his Japanese collaborators H.Sakai and T.Takenawa to the "Communications of Mathematical Physics." Anton is also active in the profession, serving as a reviewer, organizer of international conferences and special sessions, and editing a 2013 Proceedings volume in the American Mathematical Society Contemporary Mathematics Series.  He is now editing two more volumes in this series.

Caleb Harris enjoys an active career as a pianist, chamber musician, conductor, and vocal and opera coach. Harris has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. In the United States he has performed and/or given masterclasses in some of the country's top music schools (such as Eastman School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Westminster Choir College, and the University of Michigan). Harris also held the Nat King Cole Fellowship at Tanglewood for two summers and has performed with such notable musicians as William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, and tenor Vale Rideout.

Highlights of the 2012–2013 season included a return trip to Taiwan, where Harris played Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 1 with the National Pingtung University of Education Orchestra. He performed Brahms Piano Concerto no. 2 with the Northern Colorado Symphony Orchestra in April 2013. Future projects include recording a solo CD of the Debussy Preludes Books I and II and three collaborative CDs and writing a book on collaborative piano, accompanying, and vocal coaching.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Dr. Harris presently is Associate Professor of Music, Piano/Collaborative Piano; and Director of the Collaborative Program at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. His students have won awards in many competitions.  Harris has also adjudicated over 30 competitions for piano, voice, and chamber music across the United States.

Andrea Falcone
Andrea Falcone’s research interests in library instruction include the application of innovative teaching techniques, improving classroom communication skills, and pedagogical uses of technology.  She has authored multiple book chapters and has presented widely in these areas on topics such as developing lesson plans for peer learning, elevating community in online courses, and using social media tools in instruction.   Andrea’s national presence is showcased by her selection by the Association of College and Research Libraries to present web-based and in-person workshops for national audiences on the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education in which she encourages strategies for planning, assessing, and communicating the impact of academic libraries. In 2013, she was selected to attend the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians. 
 
Elizabeth Franklin has been a Professor at UNC in the Department of Hispanic Studies since 2001. During this time, she was also the Director of the Center for Language Arts Education and the Director of the School of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. She has published articles, an edited book, and grant reports and regularly presents at national and state conferences such as TESOL, NABE, Co-TESOL and CABE.  Since coming to UNC in 2001, Dr. Franklin has been Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on six federal and state grants and/or subcontracts worth a total of $2,900,000.  In 2011, Dr. Franklin as Principal Investigator led a collaborative team of four UNC faculty (Drs. Reinsvold, L., Harding-Dekam, J. Song, Y. & Higgins, T.) in the development and implementation of a five-year $1,800,000 National Professional Development grant from the Office of English Language Acquisition of the U.S. Department of Education. The grant, Mathematics and Science Teaching to English Learners (MAST-EL), is focused on preparing preservice and inservice teachers to more effectively teach mathematics and science to English learners at four partner schools.  Dr. Franklin was a member of the international board of TESOL Incorporated, the leading international organization for the preparation of ESL and EFL teachers, is a member of the U.S. Fulbright National Screening Committee for English language teaching fellows to Spain, and has served on numerous committees in her department and at the university.

David Hydock is an assistant professor in the School of Sport and Exercise Science.  Dr. Hydock received his Bachelor’s degree from Adams State College (Alamosa, CO), his Master’s degree from Northern State University (Aberdeen, SD), and his Ph.D. and postdoctoral training from University of Northern Colorado.  His research focuses primarily on investigating the mechanisms behind cancer treatment related to musculoskeletal and cardiovascular side effects and how exercise and nutritional interventions play a part in battling these negative side effect.  He has received funding from the American Cancer Society to explore the effects of doxorubicin (a commonly used chemotherapy drug) on muscle force and fatigue and determine the role that endurance and resistance training play in protecting against this muscle dysfunction.  Through these efforts, it is hoped that a deeper understanding of the role that exercise plays in managing cancer treatment-related side effects can be realized to minimize the debilitating fatigue and reduced quality of life experienced by many cancer patients. 

A listing of previous  honorees may be found at: http://www.unco.edu/osp/honors/recogn.html