College of Science

Faculty & Staff Awards

Faculty Awards

Professor and Chair of the Biological Sciences Department Wins Provost Award 


Craig LaMunyon

Dr. LaMunyon has developed a nationally recognized research program on various aspects of biology, from the evolution of sexuality and the mechanisms of vitamin transport, to the genetics of sperm development. He currently works on nematodes (roundworms), to investigate sperm motility and methods to control agricultural parasites.

Biology Professor, Jill Alder-Moore, Epitomizes the Teacher-Scholar 


Jill Adler-Moore

Jill Adler-Moore Whether developing an innovative drug that has helped hundreds of thousands or mentoring individual students at Cal Poly Pomona, improving lives is what excites Professor Jill Adler-Moore. The biology professor invented AmBisome, a breakthrough antifungal drug that is perhaps the most significant discovery and academic achievement in university history.

 Chemistry Professor Ed Walton, Living Black History

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 Ed Walton 

Dr. Walton hesitates to describe himself as a trailblazer, despite being one of just six blacks nationally to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1979, despite serving as an officer in the Navy, despite teaching at the U.S. Naval Academy and establishing a summer science program there for black high school students. Ask about his role in helping found the Diversity Ambassador Program at Cal Poly Pomona — a program that gives students the opportunity to travel to the South to visit historic places in the civil rights movement — and he will simply say he’s honored that it received a diversity award a few years ago. But make no mistake: He values the opportunities he had and the path he followed

Faculty Awards and Mini Grants - Related Links

Academic Affairs Faculty Professional Development Mini Grants
Distinguished Teaching Award
Ralph W. Ames Distinguished Research Award
Distinguished Teaching Award Application

Staff Awards and Emeritus 

The College of Science currently recognizes outstanding staff through the Staff Quarterly and Yearly Awards.  The Dean encourages continued enthusiastic participation in this program, designed to express our gratitude to those staff members, who strive to make a difference within the College of Science.

BioTrek Curator Named Provost’s Award Staff Member of the Year

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Mike Brown

Hands-on learning doesn’t get much more hands-on than with Mike Brown, whose hands happen to come with green thumbs.

Brown was responsible for envisioning and creating Rain Bird BioTrek, an on-campus simulated rainforest used in education and outreach.


Doug Johnson, 2015 Provost’s Award Staff Member of the Year

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For over three decades, Doug Johnson has been leaving his mark on Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Physics and Astronomy through eye-popping demonstrations, a well-supplied stockroom, and clean, organized labs.

His “Physics Magic Shows,” an annual tradition for more than 20 years, introduce students to principles such as electromagnetism, conservation of energy and resonance with demonstrations that use high-voltage devices, glowing gases, bicycle wheels and glass-