Continuing a yearly tradition, USC College recognized the excellence of faculty and graduate students Dec. 5 at the Davidson Conference Center.
Wayne Raskind, USC College dean of faculty, announced the winners of the 2006 Raubenheimer Award recognizing exemplary teaching, research and service by faculty.
Award winners were Jed Fuhrman, holder of the McCulloch-Crosby Chair in Marine Biology and professor of biological sciences and mathematics; Michael Messner, professor and chair of sociology; and Bruce Zuckerman, professor of religion and linguistics and the Myron and Marian Casden Director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. Each received $3,000.
John “Jeb” Barnes, assistant professor and director of graduate studies in political science, received the Raubenheimer Award for outstanding junior faculty, along with a $1,500 prize. Barnes also picked up one of the College’s General Education Teaching Awards at the ceremony.
“We take very seriously the conjunction of teaching and research,” said Dean Peter Starr. “There are very few stellar teachers who aren’t also very, very fine researchers. We pay tribute to some of our most accomplished scholars and teachers with these awards.”
Barnes, a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, practiced commercial litigation before earning his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and entering academe. He specializes in public law and American politics, particularly interbranch relations.
Barnes received the 2003 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Fellowship. In 2002, his dissertation, “Overruled? Congressional Overrides, Judicial Behavior and Court Congress Relations, 1974 to Present” (Stanford University Press, 2004) was awarded special recognition by the Law and Society Association Dissertation Prize Committee. Students describe him as a dedicated, enthusiastic instructor who opens their eyes to the importance of judicial and political processes.
Prizes for excellence in undergraduate education were awarded by Hilary Schor, College dean of undergraduate programs. Jennifer Wolch, dean of graduate programs, named the winners of the doctoral dissertation honors.
– Excerpts from a report by Wayne Lewis, USC, 2006