Accolades and honors for COP professors

From 19th century literature to cutting edge science, four College of the Pacific professors were recently honored for their excellence in scholarship, research and education.

  • Jeffrey Hole, assistant professor of English, won an $8,700 Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award in the Humanities to support his research on 19th century literature and the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. This award, given biennially, honors scholars of outstanding accomplishment and recognizes unusual skill and enthusiasm in teaching in the humanities. The Graves Award is administered
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    Clockwise from top left: Dr. Jeffrey Hole, Dr. Balint Sztaray, Dr. Dari Sylvester, Dr. Anthony Dutoi

    by Pomona College under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. 

  • Anthony Dutoi, assistant professor of chemistry, and Balint Sztaray, associate professor of chemistry, have been awarded 2014 Visiting Faculty Program Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. Each will receive funding for 10 weeks of research and the opportunity to collaborate with DOE laboratory staff on research projects. Dutoi will be developing theoretical approaches to help interpret data from the use of X-rays to follow molecules after they have been stripped of electrons in experiments done by the group of Steven Leone at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Sztaray is working on combining his method of photoelectron-photoion coincidence spectroscopy with the multiplexed mass spectrometry experiment of David Osborn at Sandia National Laboratory to build a prototype new instrument for the Swiss Light Source synchrotron. 
  • Dari Sylvester, associate professor of political science and interim executive director of the Harold S. Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership at Pacific, will be awarded the 2014 Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award at the association’s award dinner May 4. She is one of only four professors in Northern California receiving the prestigious award.

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