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Faculty Recognition

Eliza Morris

Outstanding Faculty Award for University Service in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Dr MorrisThe College Selection Committee, with the concurrence of Dean Lisa Hammersley, has selected Dr. Eliza Morris to receive the NSM Outstanding Faculty Award for University Service for the academic year ’22 – 23. This award acknowledges service which is provided through faculty leadership and involvement as members or chairs of committees, in carrying out special assignments, and participating in the collegial governance of the University.

The award was presented to Dr. Morris at a campus-wide ceremony on Thursday, March 9, 2023.

Rodolfo Barniol Duran

Outstanding Faculty Award for Community Service in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Dr Barniol DuranThe College Selection Committee with the concurrence of Dean Lisa Hammersley, has selected Dr. Rodolfo Barniol Duran to receive the NSM Outstanding Faculty Award for Community Service for the academic year ’22-23. This Award recognizes and highlights the important connection between the University’s mission and the faculty’s application of knowledge and skills in addressing community needs. The recipients are honored for their active engagement in the Sacramento region and the contributions they make to the public good.

The award was presented to Dr. Barniol Duran at a campus-wide ceremony on Thursday, March 9, 2023.

Eliza Morris et al.

NSF Award for Comparative Study of Active Learning in Undergaduate Physics Classes

Prof. MorrisEliza Morris has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources program. She will be leading a team that includes Physics’ own Mikkel Jensen and Vera Margoniner, and from the College of Education, Bita Rivas.

The $300k grant will fund the implementation of three different active learning models in lower-division physics courses. The research study will focus on comparing the cost, efficacy, and impact on student success of the different models across multiple semesters. More information about the project can be found here: https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2215202

Congratulations to Dr. Morris and her team, we look forward to learning about your findings!

Rodolfo Barniol Duran

University Award for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for Early Career Faculty

Prof. Barniol

Assistant Professor Rodolfo Barniol Duran received this award for Academic Year '20-21 for his theoretical work on the physics of gamma-ray bursts and astrophysical jets.

Since he joined the Department in 2017 Professor Barniol has published over 17 research papers, mentored 10 student research projects and had two research grant proposals funded by the National Science Foundation.

Congratulations to Professor Barniol for the recognition of his outstanding research program.

Vera Margoniner

Outstanding Faculty Award for University Service Award in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Vera Margoniner

This award recognizes the important faculty role and responsibility for service within the University, service which is provided through faculty leadership and involvement as members or chairs of committees, in carrying out special assignments, and participating in the collegial governance of the University. The College’s Selection Committee, with the concurrence of Interim Dean Hammersley, has selected Dr. Vera Magoniner to receive this award for Academic Year ’20-21.

Award recipients will be honored at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 3 – 5 p.m.

Mikkel Jensen

Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mikkel JensenThis Award affirms the importance of teaching in the life of the faculty and recognizes and honors outstanding teachers for their teaching effectiveness and their impact on the lives of their students. The College’s Selection Committee, with the concurrence of Interim Dean Hammersley, has selected Dr. Mikkel Jensen to receive this award for Academic Year ’20-21.

Award recipients will be honored at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 3 – 5 p.m.

Mikkel Jensen and Eliza Morris

Drs. Jensen and Morris research has been featured on PLoS Computational Biology journal website. Their paper, “Stochastic ordering of complexoform protein assembly by genetic circuits,” is dated June 2020.

Faculty Recognition Award History

Recipients of these awards are recognized for having positively affected the life of the University through their teaching, their service, or their scholarly and creative activities, displaying a consistent and engaging collegiality and storng commitment to students throughout their careers at California State University, Sacramento.

Year Name Award
2023 Dr. Rodolfo Barniol Duran NSM Outstanding Community Service Award
2023 Dr. Eliza Morris NSM Outstanding University Service Award
2021 Dr. Rodolfo Barniol Duran University Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for Early Career Faculty Award
2021 Dr. Vera Margoniner NSM Outstanding University Service Award
2021 Dr. Mikkel Jensen NSM Outstanding Teaching Award
2016 Dr. William DeGraffenreid NSM Outstanding Community Service Award
2016 Dr. Vera Margoniner NSM Outstanding Teaching Award
2014 Dr. William DeGraffenreid NSM Outstanding Teaching Award
2014 Dr. Vera Margoniner NSM Outstanding University Service Award
2012 Dr. Tatiana Sergan NSM Outstanding Scholarly Activity Award
2012 Dr. Vassili Sergan NSM Outstanding Scholarly Activity Award
2012 Dr. Christopher Taylor NSM Outstanding University Service Award
2011 Dr. Vassili Sergan President's Award for Research and Creative Activity
2010 Dr. William DeGraffenreid NSM Outstanding University Service Award
2010 Dr. Christopher Taylor NSM Outstanding Community Service Award
2008 Dr. Peter Urone NSM Outstanding University Service Award
2005 Dr. Michael Shea Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service
2003 Dr. Edward Gibson Outstanding Scholarly Activity Award
2003 Dr. Suhkbir Mahajan NSM Outstanding Teaching Award
2002 Dr. Randy Phelps President's Award for Research and Creative Activity
1998 Dr. Michael Shea NSM Outstanding Teaching Award
1996 Dr. Hossein Partovi California State University Outstanding Professor
1993 Dr. Hossein Partovi Outstanding Scholarly Activity Award
1993 Dr. Hossein Partovi Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award
1988 Dr. Donald Hall Outstanding Scholarly Activity Award