CORVALLIS - Outstanding scholarship, research, and teaching by faculty in the College of Science at Oregon State University was recognized recently at an annual faculty meeting.
Dallice I. Mills, a professor of botany and plant pathology, received the Gilfillan Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science. The chair of the Genetics Program since 1985, Mills is recognized internationally for his research on the molecular genetics of plant host-parasite interactions, and was a pioneer in the application of recombinant DNA technology to research plant pathogens. He earned his doctorate in 1969 from Michigan State University.
Arthur W. Sleight, a distinguished professor of chemistry, received the Milton Harris Award in Basic Research. Sleight, a leading expert in solid-state chemistry, is the Milton Harris Professor of Materials Science at OSU, a specialist in the field of superconductivity and in the discovery and development of new materials. He has received more than $2.7 million in research grants over the past six years for work of both scientific and industrial importance.
Janet Tate, an associate professor of physics, received the T.T. Sugihara Young Faculty Research Award for her contributions to materials science. In nine years on the OSU faculty and with support from the National Science Foundation, Tate has developed a widely-recognized research program on high temperature superconducting thin films, and directed the completion of five doctoral and several masters theses. She received her doctorate in 1988 from Stanford University.
Three Loyd Carter Awards for Inspirational Teaching were made to graduate and undergraduate educators.
Jeffrey Arthur, an associate professor of statistics, received a Carter Award for graduate teaching, and was especially recognized for use of creative visual methods to explain difficult concepts. He received his doctorate in operations research in 1977 from Purdue University. David Birkes, an associate professor of statistics, also received a Carter Award for graduate education. An expert on the theory of linear models, Birkes earned a doctorate in mathematics in 1969 from the University of Washington.
Mark Hixon, a professor of zoology, received a Carter award for teaching undergraduates. Students who have called him a "born teacher" cite his dynamic presentations about his research on ocean fish, and his course on ecosystems is one of the most popular in the university. He received a doctorate in population and aquatic biology in 1979 from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Richard R. Halse, an instructor and advisor in botany, plant pathology and biology, received the Boedtker Award for excellence in student advising. He received a doctorate in botany in 1980 from OSU.
Also at the science faculty meeting, Bruce Menge, the OSU Wayne & Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology, presented this year's Gilfillan Memorial Lecture, "Order or Chaos? Ecological Generalizations from a Model Ecosystem." This lecture is in memory of the late Francois A. "Doc" Gilfillan, dean of science at OSU from 1938-1962, and acting president of the university from 1941-42.