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Professor Laurie Starkey

Professor Laurie Starkey 

She has developed innovative teaching techniques for organic chemistry and adapted them for online learning. She has authored a textbook and also created a YouTube chemistry channel for teachers and for students of all ages. Starkey includes peer reviews in her courses, making students part of the teaching process. She has won the Distinguished Teaching Award and twice received the Science Council Advisor of the Year award. Starkey also has served on the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching editorial board and the GRE-Chemistry Committee of Examiners.

Professor Ernie Simpson

Professor Ernie Simpson

He has served as Chemistry Department chairman, graduate studies coordinator, and developer and chief advisor for the industrial chemistry option. He also served on numerous committees and was a reader of the Graduate Writing Test for many years. Simpson founded the College of Science’s Cooperative Education Program in 1978 and oversaw it until 2001, placing 300 students per year at more than 125 companies. He is an American Chemical Society fellow and organized annual conferences for several professional organizations. Simpson was a principal investigator on Cal Poly Pomona contracts, grants and philanthropic funding, totaling more than $4 million.

Professor Vilupanur Ravi

Professor Vilupanur Ravi

He is a world-class materials scientist who has pioneered research on the mechanical properties of thermoelectric materials, pack cementation coatings and the environmental resistance of boron-modified titanium alloys. Ravi is co-inventor on 11 U.S. and 13 international patents. He has conducted interdisciplinary research with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Air Force Research Laboratory and many others. Ravi won the Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award in 2006. He served on the  board of trustees of ASM International, the Materials Information Society. Ravi is also past president of Alpha Sigma Mu, the international professional honor society for materials science and engineering.

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Professor Jill Adler-MooreBiology Professor Jill Adler-Moore, a prolific researcher, is the recipient of the Provost's Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity. During her 38-year tenure, she has been awarded $11.4 million in contracts and grants for basic research, education and research training. Most notably, she helped develop and patent AmBisome, a novel drug delivery system that has become the international gold standard for treating fungal diseases in humans. She is the founder of the biotechnology program, which includes  bachelor’s and professional science master’s degree programs.

Professor Faye WachsSociology Professor Faye Wachs is the recipient of the Provost’s Award for Service. She has served on the Academic Senate, the Faculty Affairs Committee of the Senate, and the CLASS curriculum committee. In addition, she is a founding member and current director of the Center for the Study of the Inland Empire. In 2004, she received a three-year grant from the Department of Education to provide physical education resources, staff and training for children in Pomona. Wachs is the current president of the North American Society for Sport Sociology.

Professor Ed WaltonProfessor Ed Walton, who joined the Chemistry Department in 1987, is the recipient of the Provost’s Award for Teaching. He has gained a national reputation for his innovative teaching methods, especially evident in the chemistry course he developed for pre-service K-8 teachers. Throughout his time at CPP, Walton has partnered with school districts to improve K-12 science teaching. In addition, Walton was instrumental in establishing the Diversity Ambassador Program, where students visit historical sites in the South to gain firsthand knowledge about the civil rights movement.

Second Provost's  Awards Symposium article on Polycentric


Professor Kristine HartneyTina Hartney, a professor in biological sciences, is the recipient of the Provost's Award for Teaching. She has been a member of the university community since 2001 and is a leader in inquiry-based teaching methodologies. Hartney is credited with developing the Science Learning Portfolio, an electronic database of lab data used in courses across the sciences.

Professor Barbara BurkeOne of university's most honored faculty members, Chemistry Professor Barbara Burke is the recipient of the Provost's Award for Service. Burke earned the National Science Foundation Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering, thanks to her groundbreaking work mentoring minority science students. Since 1999, she has served as director of Science Educational Enhancement Services (SEES).

Professor Elise WirtschafterA leading expert on the history of 18th century Russia, Elise Wirtschafter is the recipient of the Provost's Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity. A professor in history, Wirtschafter enjoys an outstanding record of publications in top-tiered journals, in addition to writing five books with a sixth book in progress.

Provost's Awards Symposium article on Polycentric

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