Honors & Awards, Spring 2013

Featuring top accomplishments by Pacific University faculty and staff members Juliet Brosing, Sigrid Roberts, Dennis Smith, Mark Szymanski and Jay Thomas.

Dennis Smith

Dennis Smith, professor in the College of Optometry, received the Michael G. Harris Award for Excellence in Optometric Education. The award, presented by the American Optometric Foundation to one U.S. or Canadian optometry faculty member each year, recognizes an optometric educator who has demonstrated ongoing and consistent excellence in the education of optometry students and/or the advancement of optometric education. Read more about Smith's award.

Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas, late professor in the School of Professional Psychology, was posthumously honored with the 2013 Russell J. Bent Award for Distinguished Service and Contributions to the American Board of Professional Psychology. Thomas spent more than 13 years at Pacific Univeristy, where he helped found the master’s degree in counseling. He was named Distinguished University Professor in 2010, retired in 2012 and passed away in September 2012.

Juliet Brosing

Juliet Brosing, professor of physics, was named the 2012 Oregon Professor of the Year. She is the first faculty member from Pacific to be selected for the award, which is administered by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Brosing has been a supporter of project-based learning in the Physics Department, as well as summer camps introducing adolescent girls to physics and computer science. 

Mark Szymanski

Mark Szymanski, professor in the College of Education, recently developed an iPad app in collaboration with Pacific student Doug Niell ‘11 as part of the Algebraic Thinking Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for Improvement of Secondary Education. Pacific is part of a consortium of Oregon universities taking part in the project. His app, a game known as Point Plotter, tests players’ knowledge of the 2D coordinate system and the ability to recognize patterns.

Sigrid Roberts

Sigrid Roberts, assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy, received a $40,000 grant from the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon, supporting promising new investigators in biomedical research. The grant will support her research, Targeting Arginine Metabolism in Leishmania Infections. The Leishmania parasite causes devastating and often fatal disease in people worldwide.