Four UL-Lafayette Professors Honored With Eminent Faculty Awards

2015-Eminent-Faculty-AwardsFour professors — in the fields of biology, environmental science, mathematics and music — have been named recipients of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Foundation’s Eminent Faculty Awards.

(From The Advocate)  — The foundation’s 2015 Distinguished Professor Award recipients are: Paul L. Klerks, a biology professor; and Chan Kiat Lim, an associate professor music. Klerks specializes in the study of pollutants in the environment. Lim is a performer and teacher of piano performance.

The foundation’s 2015 Dr. Ray P. Authement Excellence in Teaching Award recipients are: Pegge L. Alciatore, an assistant professor of biology, and Ross Chiquet, a master instructor of mathematics.

The four were selected by their peers and will be honored during the Eminent Faculty Awards banquet at 6 p.m. April 14 at La Marquise in Parc Lafayette, Tickets for the event may be purchased prior to April 10 at Sponsorships are available.

Klerks joined the faculty in 1992 and his course in ecotoxiology — the study of toxic chemicals on biological organisms — is so popular that he must turn away potential students each time it’s offered, biology department head Paul Leberg said in a letter nominating Klerks for the award. Klerks has served as a principal or co-principal investigator on projects supported by more than $6 million in research funding, including a $1 million grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to study the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on shrimp and clams.

Pianist Lim’s creative performances are “international in scope and of high professional and artistic level,” Garth Alpert, UL-Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts director, said in a news release.

“Two composers, Ned Rorem and William Balcom, who have each won the Pulitzer Prize and the Grammy Award, granted Dr. Lim permission to release world-premiere recordings of their works. The importance of this cannot be overstated,” Alpert said.

Alciatore joined the faculty in 1982 as an instructor of anatomy and physiology and is a mentor to students in the university’s pre-professional society. Her research interests include effective college teaching methods and accountability practices in higher education. She is co-principal investigator for a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to prepare teachers in STEM areas, such as biology.

Chiquet, described as one of the university’s “most popular math instructors,” teaches various courses ranging from freshman- to senior-level.

“Ross is passionate and enthusiastic about teaching mathematics at a level that is infectious to anybody who listens to his lectures,” Azmy Ackleh, dean of the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences, said in an letter nominating him for the teaching award.

Chiquet is also a research investigator for a $5.2 million Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative grant on the Deepwater Horizon spill’s impact on endangered sperm whales, beaked whales and dolphins.

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