Three College of Science faculty members received awards during the 2022 Dean’s Luncheon for their work in either research, teaching, or advising.
Fang Liu, professor and associate chair in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Applied Computational Mathematics and Statistics, received the College of Science Research Award for her research contributions.
Liu’s research has spanned many different areas, including biostatistics, Bayesian statistics, public health, and differential privacy. She has collaborated with several other Notre Dame faculty members, including those affiliated with the Harper Cancer Research Institute, Eck Institute for Global Health, Center for Informatics and Computational Science, Technology and Ethics Center, and the Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society. She was also instrumental in developing Notre Dame’s testing and surveillance policies during the initial response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Sought-after for her extensive statistical expertise, she has collaborated with many large research projects funded by UNITAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, NIH, and NSF. She has published more than 70 journal articles on a wide variety of topics including the privacy of health records, the fundamentals of machine learning, malaria, and cancer. She is the first ACMS faculty member at Notre Dame to be named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.
Shaun Lee, the Monahan Family Associate Professor of Rare and Neglected Diseases, won the Rev. James L. Shilts, C.S.C. and Doris and Gene Leonard Teaching Award.
Lee is a microbiologist whose special areas of research are bacterial pathogenesis and novel therapeutics. He is a faculty member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases, the Berthiaume Institute for Precision Health, and the Keck Center for Transgene Research.
He also serves as the co-director of the Minor Program in Science and Patient Advocacy. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, both in the classroom and the lab. He designed a course in Medical Microbiology for juniors and seniors, which grew from 11 students initially to 50 the following year. The course provides an overview of basic principles in infectious diseases caused by major microbial pathogens, and students are expected to give oral presentations on primary literature in infectious diseases. His excellence in teaching was also recognized in 2016 with an Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
Alan Huebner, teaching professor and director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, was a recipient of the University's Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.
Huebner, was one of three three full-time faculty at Notre Dame to receive the Dockweiler Award. The award is for professors who demonstrate a sustained commitment to undergraduates through outstanding mentoring, academic advising, or career counseling. The award aims to demonstrate the valued role such assistance plays in helping students reach their academic and professional goals.
Other professors within the College of Science were honored with Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching:
Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics: Robert Rosenbaum and Molly Walsh
Department of Biological Sciences: Giles Duffield and Nancy Michael
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry: Masaru Kuno, Laurie Littlepage, and Kelley Young
Department of Physics and Astronomy: Christopher Kolda
Originally published by science.nd.edu on May 20, 2022.at