[Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 143 (Thursday, November 20, 2014)]
[Pages S6194-S6195]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]


 Mr. UDALL of Colorado. Mr. President, today I congratulate the 
four national winners of the U.S. Professor of the Year Award. Since 
1981, this program has recognized outstanding undergraduate instructors 
throughout the country. A U.S. Professor of the Year was also 
recognized in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
  This award is hailed as one of the most prestigious honors bestowed 
upon a professor. To be nominated for this award requires dedication to 
the art of education and excellence in every aspect of the profession. 
There is no doubt that professors who personally vest themselves in 
each student shape the leaders of tomorrow. These individuals should be 
proud of their accomplishments and contributions to a brighter future.
  I am particularly proud of Dr. Branislav Notaros, the State winner 
from Colorado. As a professor of electrical and computer engineering 
and Director of the Electromagnetics Laboratory at Colorado State 
University, Dr. Notaros' research has been instrumental in advancing 
the field of electromagnetics. He has won numerous awards in 
recognition of his work, including the 2005 IEEE Microwave Prize and 
the 2009 CSU Excellence in Teaching Award.
  I commend and thank Dr. Notaros and all the winners for their 
leadership and passion for educating our nation's young leaders. No 
doubt they have inspired an untold number of students. I wish all of 
the honorees the very best in all their endeavors. Congratulations and 
best regards.
  The four national award winners are: Outstanding Baccalaureate 
Colleges Professor of the Year: Laurie Grobman, Professor of English 
and Women's Studies, Pennsylvania State University Berks; Outstanding 
Community Colleges Professor of the Year: John Wadach, Professor of 
Engineering Science and Physics, Monroe Community College; Outstanding 
Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year: Sheri 
Sheppard, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University and 
Outstanding Master's Universities and Colleges Professor of the Year: 
Patricia H. Kelley, Professor of Geology, University of North Carolina 

       The 30 state and District of Columbia winners are:
       Alabama--Eric J. Fournier, Professor of Geography, Samford 
       Arizona--James Sousa, Mathematics Instructor, Phoenix 
       California--Mitch Malachowski, Professor of Chemistry, 
     University of San Diego;

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       Colorado--Branislav M. Notaros, Professor of Electrical and 
     Computer Engineering, Colorado State University;
       Connecticut--Hisae Kobayashi, Senior Lecturer in Japanese, 
     Connecticut College;
       District of Columbia--Heidi Elmendorf, Associate Professor 
     of Biology, Georgetown University;
       Delaware--Beth Morling, Professor of Psychological and 
     Brain Sciences, University of Delaware;
       Florida--Rosany H. Alvarez, Mathematics Professor, Miami 
     Dade College;
       Georgia--John A. Knox, Associate Professor and 
     Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Geography, 
     University of Georgia;
       Idaho--Karen Launchbaugh, Professor of Rangeland Ecology, 
     University of Idaho;
       Illinois--Dan Gebo, Professor of Anthropology, Northern 
     Illinois University;
       Indiana--Michelle A. Whaley, Teaching Professor, Biological 
     Sciences, University of Notre Dame;
       Kentucky--Cindy S. Tucker, Associate Professor, Computer 
     and Information Technologies, Bluegrass Community and 
     Technical College;
       Maryland--KenYatta Rogers, Professor of Theatre, Montgomery 
     College Rockville Campus;
       Massachusetts--Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh, Professor of 
     Physics and Civil Engineering Technology, Springfield 
     Technical Community College;
       Michigan--Cynthia Wade, Math Professor, St. Clair County 
     Community College;
       Minnesota--Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, Professor of Film, 
     Minnesota State University Moorhead;
       Mississippi--Kenneth Sufka, Professor of Psychology and 
     Pharmacology, University of Mississippi;
       Missouri--Andrea Nichols, Professor of Sociology, St. Louis 
     Community College at Forest Park;
       Nebraska--Greg W. Zacharias, Professor of English and 
     Director, Center for Henry James Studies, Creighton 
       New Jersey--Darrin M. York, Professor of Chemistry, 
     Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey;
       New York--Cynthia Jones, Lecturer, English Department, 
     Hostos Community College of The City University of New York;
       North Carolina--Karen Hornsby, Associate Professor of 
     Philosophy, North Carolina A&T State University;
       Ohio--Elizabeth George, Professor of Physics, Wittenberg 
       Oregon--Jennifer Corpus, Professor of Psychology, Reed 
       Pennsylvania--Richard L. Wallace, Professor of 
     Environmental Studies, Ursinus College;
       South Carolina--Milind N. Kunchur, Professor, Department of 
     Physics and Astronomy, University of South Carolina;
       Texas--Collin Thomas, Professor of Biology, Collin College;
       Virginia--Paul Hanstedt, Professor of English, Roanoke 
       West Virginia--Kateryna A.R. Schray, Professor, Department 
     of English, Marshall University; and
       Wisconsin, Scott Cooper, Professor of Biology and Director 
     of Undergraduate Research and Creativity, University of 
     Wisconsin--La Crosse.