|Prof. Darcy Kelley Receives the Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award
The Department of Biological Sciences congratulates
Professor Darcy Kelley who will accept one of this year's Distinguished
Columbia Faculty Awards at ceremony tonight (February 25th). The Faculty of
Arts and Sciences gives this honor annually to faculty members who have shown
exceptional merit in scholarship and dedication to teaching. The awards,
established in 2005 by University Trustee Gerry Lenfest (Law '58), each come
with a stipend of $25,000 per year for three consecutive years.
Professor Kelley has this to say about research and teaching
"The strength of our great research Universities - the creation of new
knowledge and the effective communication of knowledge through teaching - is
also a source of tension. Both research
and teaching are full-time, demanding occupations and achieving a synthesis is
a challenge. While the traditional vision of the great teacher includes
inspirational lectures and mentoring, the contemporary scholar-teacher is also
engaged in highly collaborative efforts that closely resemble putting together
an effective scientific research team.
'Frontiers of Science' is such a team effort: Columbia science faculty working together to
bring the fruits of current scientific research to the core curriculum of the
College. Frontiers and other initiatives
have the potential to transform both science education at a pivotal moment for
our country. I am deeply grateful to
Gerry Lenfest for his recognition of our efforts at Columbia."