The Math department made out like bandits last week. Not one, not two, but three OU math faculty won big awards.
Andy Miller received a David Ross Boyd Professorship. This and the George Lynn Cross professorships are the most prestigious awards given to OU faculty. According to the University:
To qualify for a David Ross Boyd Professorship a faculty member must have consistently demonstrated outstanding teaching, guidance, and leadership for students in an academic discipline or in an interdisciplinary program within the University.
David Ross Boyd was the first president of OU. He’s famous (he has his own Wikipedia page!) for planting the thousands of trees at OU, and for being fired by the first governor of Oklahoma for being an “aristocrat, not democratic enough.”
Christian Remling received a Regent’s Award for Research and Creative Activity. At most three of these are given each year (this year only one was given out!) for excellence in research. Dr. Remling got it for, of course, his recent paper in the Annals (which we talked about here). One of the world experts in this area of research called the paper “Remling’s earthquake”!
The nominee should demonstrate outstanding teaching as shown by student-teacher evaluations, chair recommendations and additional information such as student or peer letters of support…. The candidate also should show evidence for good progress in scholarship, such as publication in peer-reviewed outlets and fellowship or grant support.
With Dr. Kujawa winning it in 2012, we fully expect someone in Math to win it in 2015 (we’re looking at you Dr. Pitale!)