OSU College of Science honors faculty


CORVALLIS - The College of Science at Oregon State University recently recognized at an annual meeting the achievements and contributions of its faculty.

Bruce A. Menge, the Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology in the Department of Zoology, won the F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science. A widely-recognized community ecologist and educator, Menge has revolutionized the view of natural communities of intertidal marine invertebrates and developed several new techniques to study them.

Daniel J. Arp, a professor of botany and plant pathology, director of the Laboratory of Nitrogen Fixation Research and director of the molecular and cellular biology doctoral program, won the Milton Harris Award in Basic Research, which includes funds for a symposium in the recipient's area of interest. Arp's work on the process of bacterial nitrification may have practical significance in bioremediation of several environmental problems, including agricultural nitrate pollution and the production of greenhouse gases.

Barbara Taylor, an associate professor of zoology, won the T.T. Sugihara Young Faculty Award, which recognizes a definable research contribution early in a faculty member's professional career and includes funds for a mini-symposium. Her research on the genetic aspects of sexual behavior in fruit flies, as a system to examine the molecular control of neuronal development, has gained international attention in the past two years and may even have implications for humans.

Carroll W. DeKock, professor and chair of the chemistry department, received the Carter Award for Inspirational Teaching. DeKock teaches the large introductory freshman chemistry course, and was identified by OSU freshman in 1995 as a professor who is particularly helpful and especially interested in student success.

Albert W. Stetz, a professor of physics, received the Carter Award for Inspirational Teaching of graduate students. He was cited for outstanding classroom lectures, seminars, encouragement of discussion, detailed response to questions and availability to students.

Sylvia Yamada, a marine zoologist and chief advisor in the zoology department, received the Olaf Boedtker Award for Excellence in Advising. Students said she is friendly, supportive, encouraging and knowledgeable about academic and career goals.