An Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics, Dr. Lia Vas was chosen as the recipient of the 2011 Faculty Special Recognition Award presented on Dec. 16, 2011. The Faculty Special Recognition Award is awarded upon recommendation of the academic deans and department chairs in recognition of outstanding faculty performance in teaching, scholarly activity and professional service.
Dr. Vas, who has been with the University since 2002, is recognized nationally and internationally in the field of ring theory, and is often an invited speaker at conferences and hosted by institutions abroad to conduct research with her collaborators.
Among the comments in the nominating letter, it was noted that she is outstanding teacher. “She is capable of transmitting the sense of power and beauty of mathematics even to the most skeptical…It is not easy for a faculty member to excel in all three areas but Dr. Vas is certainly the exception.”
Last year, the award was presented to Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Frederick T. Schaefer.
Pictured, left to right: Provost Dr. Russell J. DiGate, Dr. Lia Vas, and Interim President Marvin Samson.