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May 10, 2010

Commencement 2010 Teaching Awards

Richard Eisenberg
Richard Niemi Andrew Wall
Lifetime Achievement Award
in Graduate Education
The William H. Riker Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching The G. Graydon ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Nontenured Member of the Faculty
Widely recognized for his research on the chemistry of energy conversion, Richard Eisenberg, the Tracy Hyde Harris Professor of Chemistry, advised 37 graduate students in their doctorate research and has mentored 46 postdoctoral fellows in his lab. In addition, he has advised more than 40 undergraduates during their summer or senior research projects.

A specialist in the chemistry that underlies the conversion of light into chemical energy, Einsenberg has led research projects that could lead to more efficient and environmentally friendly production of hydrogen fuel from water.

Eisenberg has received Sloan and Guggenheim fellowships and has held numerous visiting appointments and lectureships. He is editor-in-chief of the leading journal Inorganic Chemistry and has served on editorial advisory boards for several chemistry publications. He recently was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that can be accorded to a scientist.

Eisenberg joined the University in 1973 and was chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1991 to 1994. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia University.
A member of the Rochester faculty for more than 40 years, Richard Niemi, the Don Alonzo Watson Professor of Political Science, teaches courses on American politics and on writing.

He has collaborated with 36 PhD students, and he was recently recognized as one of the 10 most cited scholars of American politics in the world today. His current research includes projects on college-
student voting, state legislative elections, and voting machines and ballot design.

Niemi received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1967. He was a Guggenheim fellow and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He has served on numerous editorial boards and national committees, and has received many awards and grants. At the University, Niemi is associate department chair and director of undergraduate studies.
Since joining the Warner School in 2006, Andrew Wall, an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership Program at the Warner School, played a key role in creating a new interdisciplinary master’s program in nursing and medicine.

His knowledge and expertise, enthusiasm, creative teaching style, and engaging classroom discussions have made him a popular instructor. As an advisor and mentor, Wall has overseen 11 dissertations in his first three years and has advised more than 20 doctoral students.

Wall has a doctorate in higher education policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research has focused on college student health and safety, educational funding and adequacy, and program evaluation in higher education. He is a coauthor of Assessment Reconsidered: Institutional Effectiveness for Student Success.

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