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BYU honors faculty, staff at Annual University Conference

John W. Welch named Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer

President Cecil O. Samuelson honored several Brigham Young University faculty and staff members during the Annual University Conference Opening Session Tuesday, Aug. 24.

John W. Welch, professor of law in the J. Reuben Clark Law School, was given the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award, the university’s highest faculty honor.

A prolific professor, author and researcher, Welch was the founder of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies in 1979 and played an influential role in the development of the Encyclopedia of Mormonism and The Joseph Smith Papers. He has been the editor of BYU Studies for almost 20 years.

Welch will deliver the 2010 Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecture at a university forum assembly during spring term in the Marriott Center.

The Ben E. Lewis Management Award presented to an outstanding university adminstrator was granted to Ballard Pead of Physical Facilities, and the Fred A. Schwendiman Performance Award for an outstanding staff member was presented to Dennis Miller from SAS Auxiliary Maintenance.

Other honors included:

Alumni Professorship — Marilyn Berrett, dance.

Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Awards — Michael Dorff, mathematics; C. Shane Reese, statistics; and Dale R. Tree, mechanical engineering.

Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Awards — Larry L. Baxter, chemical engineering; Aaron R. Hawkins, electrical and computer engineering; and Ramona Hopkins, psychology.

Karl G. Maeser Professional Faculty Excellence Awards — John S. Gardner, biology; and Richard L. Isakson, Counseling and Career Center.

General Education Professorship — Travis T. Anderson, philosophy.

Abraham O. Smoot Citizenship Award — Noel Reynolds, political science.

Wesley P. Lloyd Award for Distinction in Graduate Education — Michael Barnes, health science.

Phi Kappa Phi Award — Mary Anne Prater, counseling psychology and special education.

Religious Education Transfer Professor — Kristin Gerdy, law.

Adjunct Faculty Excellence Awards — Stephanie Breinholt, theatre and media arts; and Jeanne Burgon, ancient scripture.

Alcuin Fellowships — Matthew C. Asplund, chemistry and biochemistry; Eric Dursteler, history; David P. Laraway, Spanish and Portuguese; and Debra Sowell humanities, classics and comparative literature.

Young Scholar Awards — April Clayton, music; Dan A. Ventura, computer science; Dean R. Wheeler, chemical engineering; and Ryan J. Woodward, visual arts.

BYU Class of 1949 Young Faculty Award — Mark Choate, history.

Sponsored Research Recognition Award — Berry Willardson, chemistry and biochemistry.

Technology Transfer Award — Kent Seamons, computer science.

Creative Works Award — Jeff Ringer, David M. Kennedy Center.

Teaching and Learning Fellowships — J. Tyson Hopkins, exercise sciences; Stanley A. Johnson, ancient scripture; Pam Musil, dance; Richard Balling, civil and environmental engineering; Michelle James, Germanic and Slavic languages; and Barbara Heise, nursing.

President’s Appreciation Awards — Norman Darais, Publications and Graphics; Jessie Embry, Charles Redd Center; Jerry Bishop, Student Auxiliary Services; Nancy Bailey, Technology Transfer Office; Clark Brereton, Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum; Dean Belnap, Physical Facilities; Drew Allsup, Office of Information Technology; and Marjean Garowski, physiology and developmental biology.

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