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May 13, 2015

University Honors

During Rochester’s 165th commencement ceremonies, the University will recognize 12 distinguished leaders and scholars with honorary degrees, medals, and awards for scholarship and teaching


Faculty Teaching Awards

Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

William FitzPatrickWilliam FitzPatrick, the Gideon Webster Burbank Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy, is highly regarded as a teacher and scholar who not only instructs his students but also inspires them.

FitzPatrick is known as a model and mentor to teaching assistants, a tireless participant in undergraduate programs, and a contributor to student life.

Since 2011, FitzPatrick has been the Department of Philosophy’s undergraduate advisor and has served on committees dedicated to undergraduate academics.

His research focuses on moral philosophy, ranging from theoretical issues in the foundations of ethics to questions at the intersection of ethics and the sciences.

G. Graydon ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching Excellence
Colleagues at the Institute of Optics call Nickolas Vamivakas, assistant professor of optics and physics and astronomy, an innovator and a rising star. Since joining the University in 2011, he has earned high marks for his teaching abilities, scientific contributions, and scholarly activities.
Vamivakas is known for his high energy, passion, and ability to explain complex concepts. Students say he is approachable and that he knows them well. He frequently polls his classes for feedback and makes course adjustments as needed.
Vamivakas is also active in outreach activities, with the aim of encouraging high school students from underrepresented groups to consider careers in science and engineering.

Nickolas VamivakasG. Graydon ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching Excellence

Colleagues at the Institute of Optics call Nickolas Vamivakas, assistant professor of optics and physics and astronomy, an innovator and a rising star. Since joining the University in 2011, he has earned high marks for his teaching abilities, scientific contributions, and scholarly activities.

Vamivakas is known for his high energy, passion, and ability to explain complex concepts. Students say he is approachable and that he knows them well. He frequently polls his classes for feedback and makes course adjustments as needed.

Vamivakas is also active in outreach activities, with the aim of encouraging high school students from underrepresented groups to consider careers in science and engineering.

Ralph LockeLifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education

Ralph Locke, professor of musicology at the Eastman School, has focused his teaching and research on the social and cultural contexts in which Western music is composed, performed, and debated. His research has led him to relate music to such crucial aspects of human life as aesthetics, literature, politics, and religion.

Locke is a recognized authority on music in 19th-century France and Italy, and on the structures of musical life in the United States since 1860. His books include Music, Musicians, and the Saint-Simonians, the essay collection Cultivating Music in America: Women Patrons and Activists since 1860 (coeditor Cyrilla Barr), and Musical Exoticism: Images and Reflections. His most recent is Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart.

Randall StoneWilliam H. Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

Since joining the Department of Political Science nearly 20 years ago, Randall Stone, professor of political science, has become one of the most distinguished and high-profile scholars in international relations. He has mentored a generation of international relations PhDs.

Stone is considered instrumental in ensuring that the Department of Political Science remains highly regarded.

Stone serves as the director of the University’s Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies and of the Watson Center for Conflict and Cooperation. He is a consultant to the International Monetary Fund and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was the last recipient of the Soviet Peace Fund Fellowship from the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1991.


Honorary Degrees and University Medals

Porter Anderson

Porter Anderson, professor emeritus of pediatrics at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, honorary doctor of science degree

Deborah Bial

Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation, honorary doctor of humane letters degree

Robert Duffy

Robert Duffy, president and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance, honorary doctor of laws degree

Richard Rashid

Richard Rashid ’80 (PhD), chief technology officer of Microsoft’s Applications and Services Division, honorary doctor of science degree

Harvey Alter

E. Philip Saunders, entrepreneur and owner of Essex Project Management, Eastman Medal

Harvey Alter

Harvey Alter ’56, ’60M (MD), National Institutes of Health investigator and chief of clinical studies, Charles Force and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal

Joseph Cunningham

Joseph Cunningham ’67 (MA), principal attorney at Joseph F. Cunningham & Associates in Arlington, Virginia, Charles Force and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal

Stephen Fantone

Stephen Fantone ’79 (PhD), president of Optikos Corporation, Rochester Distinguished Scholar Medal

 

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