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Babu among 27 CAS honorees at University Awards Convocation

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis (left) presents Dr. Kaladi Babu, Regents Professor in the Department of Physics, with the Eminent Faculty Award on Dec. 11 during the University Awards Convocation at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater.

Dr. Kaladi Babu, a Regents Professor in the Department of Physics, received the Eminent Faculty Award during the University Awards Convocation on Dec. 11 in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

Babu's award recognizes the highest level of scholarly achievement at OSU. His research in theoretical high energy physics and particle physics phenomenology recently earned him the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Department of Energy and has garnered nearly $7 million in research grants.

"Dr. Babu is one of the most prolific and highly cited researchers worldwide," said Gary Sandefur, OSU provost and senior vice president. "As a teacher, Dr. Babu has the incredible ability to teach physics in a way that students can understand. As a mentor, he is one of the best. He is generous with his time and helps students obtain their fullest potential."

Babu was one of 27 College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff members honored at the annual event. Click here to see photos of the CAS honorees, who are listed below. Coverage of the winners from across OSU is available here.


Eminent Faculty Award
Kaladi Babu, Department of Physics

President's Cup for Creative Interdisciplinarity
First place: Promoting Interdisciplinary Inquiry Through Scientist-Teachers and Teacher-Scientists
Andrew Doust, team leader, Department of Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolution
Jennifer Grindstaff, Department of Integrative Biology
Robert Burnap, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Regents Distinguished Research Award
William Jaco, Department of Mathematics
Stacy Takacs, Department of English

Regents Distinguished Teaching Award
Tamara Mix, Department of Sociology
Jay Schweig, Department of Mathematics

Career Champion Award
Tyrrell Conway, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Inspiring Excellence
Stephanie Sweatt, Department of Psychology

Newly Appointed Chair and Professorship Holders
Todd Halihan, Boone Pickens School of Geology, Sun Co. Clyde Wheeler Chair in Hydrogeology
Farida Jalalzai, Department of Political Science, Hannah D. Atkins Professor for Political Science and Government Information
Glen Krutz, College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, Puterbaugh Foundation Chair
Yingmei Liu, Department of Physics, Noble Foundation Chair — Laser Research
Igor Pritsker, Department of Mathematics, Vaughn Foundation Professorship in Number Theory
James Puckette, Boone Pickens School of Geology, Geoscience Education Chair

Award for Excellence in Academic Program Assessment
Jon Comer, Department of Geography

Advising Excellence Award
April Golliver-Mohiuddin, Greenwood School of Music
Silvia Daggy, Department of Psychology

Newly Appointed Regents Professors
Robert Burnap, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Elizabeth Grubgeld, Department of English
Jason Lavery, Department of History
Randall Stroope, Greenwood School of Music

Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society’s Hall of Fame
William Jaco, Department of Mathematics

Distinguished Early Career Faculty Award
Erika Lutter, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Shannon Spaulding, Department of Philosophy

Land-Grant Award for Excellence
Lindsey Claire Smith, Department of English and director of the Center for Poets and Writers

Leave the Ladder Down Award
Staff: Sally Schuh, director of the Visual Resource Center, Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History

University Service Award
Administrator: Bobbi Kay Lewis, School of Media and Strategic Communications and associate dean for Outreach

MEDIA CONTACT: Jacob Longan | College of Arts and Sciences | 405-744-7497 | jacob.longan@okstate.edu

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