The recipients of the 2008 Faculty Achievement Awards, along with the top graduating students from every degree program, will be honored at the Frostburg State University Honors Convocation at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16, in the Pealer Recital Hall Performing Arts Center.
This year’s Faculty Achievement Award recipients are Dr. Hongqi Li, Department of Biology, for academic accomplishment; Dr. Evan Offstein, Department of Management, for academic accomplishment; and Dr. Oguz A. Soysal, Department of Physics and Engineering, for university and community service. The awards are made possible through generous gifts to the FSU Foundation, Inc.
Li has been with the Department of Biology for eight years. He was recognized for his excellent research and publication record. Li has published eight manuscripts in prestigious journals, given over 16 papers at national and international conferences and has traveled to China several times to further his research. He also organized an international conference of the Carnivorous Plants Society at Frostburg in 2006. His publications describe some of the earliest known flowering and carnivorous plants. He and a colleague in China have been applying the relatively new technique of Terachertz spectroscopy to the study of chemicals found in carnivorous plants. These compounds have antimicrobial and anti-tumor properties that may make them important weapons in the fight against certain types of cancer.
Offstein joined the faculty of the Department of Management in 2004. He was recognized for his strong research and publication record, which includes two book chapters and 15 peer-reviewed journal articles. Most notable is his best seller, “Stand Your Ground: Building Honorable Leaders the West Point Way,” a study incorporating leadership ethics into the corporate environment. The book has won awards at top international conferences and has been endorsed by a number of prominent Americans, including former U.S. Attorney General and Governor of Pennsylvania, Dick Thornburgh. Offstein has been invited to speak at major national and international conferences and asked to present his research to such diverse organizations as the U.S. Army, Southwest Florida Law Enforcement, Northwestern Mutual Life Financial and the Western Maryland Health System.
Soysal joined the Department of Physics and Engineering faculty in 1998. He was awarded the Faculty Achievement Award in university/community service for his significant contribution in establishing a new B.S. in engineering program, which will be an important regional and statewide workforce development initiative. Soysal also obtained funding for K-12 science educational outreach programs for area teachers and, through his efforts, the Maryland State Department of Education funded for five consecutive years a two-week residential program on robotic design for gifted and talented students entering ninth through 12th grades. Soysal has also undertaken important initiatives in the residential use of wind and solar energy in the region with the financial support of the Maryland Energy Administration.
In addition to the faculty awards, one graduating student per degree program will be honored for academic excellence and leadership. Faculty in each program have selected 14 graduate students and 36 undergraduate students who will be recognized. Twenty-eight undergraduate students will also be commended by receiving honors in general education, based on completion of all requirements of the University Honors Program.
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