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CAS Connect September 2016

CAS faculty earn distinguished titles

Distinguished professorships honor our premier faculty. Awards are made possible through the generosity of individual donors and private organizations that believe deeply in our mission of discovery, and in the lifelong impact a gifted professor or researcher can have on future generations.

Honorary titles provide recognition and the endowed funds provide outstanding and promising faculty with additional resources to pursue additional scholarly, research, and creative activities.

As of August 2016, awardees include:

Faculty of Distinction

Boeing Distinguished Professorship in Science/Math Education

Tom Dickinson
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Libby Knott
Department of Mathematics

Boeing Endowed Professorship in Advanced Materials Science

Kelvin Lynn
Department of Physics and Astronomy; School of Mechanical and Materials Science

Creighton Distinguished Professorship in Shock Physics

Yogendra Gupta
Department of Physics and Astronomy; Institute for Shock Physics

Lewis E. and Stella G. Buchanan Distinguished Professorship

Debbie Lee
Department of English

Herbert L. Eastlick Distinguished Professorship in Biological Sciences

Christine Portfors
School of Biological Sciences, Vancouver

Herbert L. Eastlick Distinguished Professorship in Health Research

Michael Skinner
School of Biological Sciences

Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professorship in Government

Cornell Clayton
School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Travis Ridout
School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Honors College Distinguished Professorship

Brendan Walker
Department of Psychology

Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professorship in History

Laurie Mercier
Department of History, Vancouver

Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professorship in Political Science

Amy Mazur
School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Donald S. & Marianna Merritt Matteson Distinguished Professorship in Chemistry

James Brozik
Department of Chemistry

Marianna Merritt & Donald S. Matteson Distinguished Professorship in Foreign Languages & Cultures

Joan Grenier-Winther
Foreign Languages & Cultures, Vancouver

Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professorship in Liberal Arts

Julie Kmec
Department of Sociology

Tahira Probst
Department of Psychology, Vancouver

Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professorship in Sciences

Doerte Blume
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Asaph Cousins
School of Biological Sciences

Mark Kuzyk
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Sam Reed Distinguished Professorship in Civic Education and Public Civility

Carolyn Long
School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, Vancouver

Westinghouse Distinguished Professorship in Materials Science and Engineering

Kerry Hipps
Department of Chemistry

Ralph G. Yount Distinguished Professorship in Sciences

Jeffery Jones
Department of Chemistry

Honors College Distinguished Professor

Brendan M. Walker, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, has been appointed Honors College Distinguished Professor for 2016–2018,  based on his demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Brendan Walker
Brendan Walker

“Dr. Walker has made many important contributions to the Honors College through his outstanding teaching and as a research mentor for our students,” said Honors Dean M. Grant Norton. “The opportunities that he provides for undergraduates to work in his laboratory are amazing. I know he will continue to be a great supporter of our students in this new role.”

“Mentoring students from the Honors College has been, and continues to be, one of the highlights of my time at WSU,” Walker said. “I’m very excited about this opportunity to work more closely with the Honors College, and I look forward to the increased student and administrative interaction that this professorship will provide.”

The Honors Distinguished Professorship is “just one example of the many important collaborations we have with the Honors College,” said Daryll DeWald, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Our two colleges share many high-achieving undergraduates. Innovative researchers and teachers like Dr. Brendan Walker are critical in providing the education and opportunities that allow our students to succeed at the highest level.”

A member of WSU faculty since 2008, Walker maintains an active research program focused on the neural mechanisms underlying alcohol and drug abuse and on the development of pharmacotherapies for addiction.

He received a national Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, presented to him by President Obama at a White House ceremony in 2012. He is one of three WSU recipients of the award.

Brendan Walker discusses research data with Honors student Chloe Erickson
Brendan Walker discusses research data with Honors student Chloe Erickson
Washington State University