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Four earn Showcase honors
Sahlins: research, teaching, leadership, outreach
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010
By Donna Clark, Office of the Provost
Four WSU faculty members have been named recipients of the annual 2009-10 Sahlin awards, to be presented at WSU's annual Showcase celebration of excellence on March 26.
Gustavo Barbosa-Canovas, professor of biological systems engineering and director of the Center for Nonthermal Processing of Food, earned the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research, Scholarship and Arts.
He is at the global forefront in the development of alternative and innovative food processing technologies that do not require heat. He and his team are demonstrating that novel techniques using ultraviolet, ultrasound, electro-magnetic fields, hydrostatic pressure, and osmotic dehydration can deactivate micro-organisms and enzymes that cause food to spoil.
Barbosa-Canovas is president and founder of the 400-member International Society of Food Engineering. He became a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists in 2003 and received the highest award in food science and technology, the IFT Nicolas Appert Award, in 2005. He has served as a consultant for major corporations and international agencies, such as the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization.
Thomas M. Tripp, professor of management and operations at WSU Vancouver, earned the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction.
He is recognized as a master teacher, consistently earning outstanding student evaluations. He is recipient of two Outstanding Teaching Awards from the College of Business, the Instructor of the Year Award from the Student Business Organization at WSU Vancouver and the Students’ Award for Teaching Excellence at WSU Vancouver.
Tripp is a member of the WSU Teaching Academy, chairs the Provost’s General Education Committee, is co-chair of the Student Quality Committee and served on the General Education Visioning Committee.
Timothy J. Smith, WSU Extension educator for Chelan County, earned the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Outreach and Engagement.
He has dedicated his career to helping Washington agricultural producers. For more than 35 years, his applied research, outreach programs and industry leadership have been crucial to building a thriving tree fruit industry. His innovative projects have effected important, industry-wide changes for tree fruit growers.
Smith’s influence goes beyond the state, to the nation and world. He has lectured to help growers in other countries address critical issues. He developed the "Cougarblight” model for predicting fireblight outbreaks - a worldwide scourge of apple and pear trees.
Mary Sanchez Lanier, clinical associate professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences and associate dean in the College of Sciences, has earned the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Leadership.
Her style is one of inclusiveness and she has expanded education opportunities for underrepresented groups in science and engineering. She has assisted in development of WSU’s recognition as a Hispanic serving institution. She provides leadership in obtaining grants to support women and minorities in science and undergraduate research.
Sanchez Lanier is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate education. She has developed the undergraduate poster competition in the College of Sciences. She has designed and implemented the Students Targeted towards Advanced Research Studies program, which recruits freshmen to WSU, gets them started in research immediately, and moves them toward advanced degrees in a shortened period of time.
She is recognized as the expert in virology in the School of Molecular Biosciences. She serves on committees for, and boards of, many national associations and foundations.