40th Faculty Excellence Awards Honors Outstanding Teaching, Research and Service
As educators, they powerfully inspire student ambition; as researchers, they drive scholarship to new heights; and as citizens, they reach out to the community to expand resources to the underserved. Six UC San Diego faculty members will be honored at the 40th annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for going above and beyond to make a positive impact in their teaching, research and service. The recognition ceremony will be held Thursday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the J.R. Beyster Auditorium at the Rady School of Management.
“I congratulate this year’s Faculty Excellence Award honorees for their commitment to our campus and service to the community,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “These faculty members are exceptional educators, scholars and civic leaders, and their passion for advancing knowledge and dedication to positively impacting our society is remarkable.”
Over the past 40 years, UC San Diego has recognized the contributions of more than 130 faculty members. The annual ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of UC San Diego faculty as a whole, while highlighting the important contributions of the university’s most exemplary teachers and researchers via brief video presentations. Chancellor’s Associates, a program for donors who give an annual leadership gift of $2,500 or more to the university, will recognize the outstanding accomplishments of university faculty members with a citation and $2,500 award.
The recipients of the 2014 Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards include: Lin Chao, professor of biological sciences, for excellence in undergraduate teaching; Leslie J. Carver, associate professor of psychology, for excellence in graduate teaching; Stephan M. Haggard, professor of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), for excellence in research in humanities and social sciences; Susan S. Taylor, professor of pharmacology and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, for excellence in research in science and engineering; Ramamohan Paturi, professor of computer science and engineering, for excellence in community service; and Susan Narucki, professor of music, for excellence in performing and visual arts.
Award candidates are nominated by their academic peers, with final selection by a committee comprising Chancellor’s Associates donors. Criteria for selection are based on faculty member achievements, reputation and impact on students and the academic community.
Ramamohan Paturi, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Excellence in Community Service
Ramamohan Paturi, whose research is focused on algorithms and computational complexity, has been a professor of computer science at UC San Diego since 1986. He recently initiated a program for incoming students from academically and socially disadvantaged schools to develop their passion for computer science and engineering and provide a smooth transition to college. The Summer Program for Incoming Students (SPIS) employs individual attention, experiential learning and rigorous academics to help students succeed and realize their full potential.
“Ramamohan Paturi has put great effort into developing SPIS from scratch on a purely voluntary basis,” said Rajesh Gupta, professor and chair, Computer Science and Engineering. “Utmost on his mind is to show students that UC San Diego is committed to providing them with the best educational opportunities and the tools to ensure success.”