Outstanding Teaching Excellence
It's an exciting place to study – small classes taught by nationally and internationally renowned faculty who are scientists and researchers involved in projects that make a difference to people's lives throughout the world. Recent faculty accolades include:
Professor Tapped by President Obama to Chair the Chemical Safety Board
Prof. Rafael Moure-Eraso was nominated by President Obama and then confirmed by the Senate on June 23 to chair the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. A member of the faculty at UMass Lowell for 22 years, Moure-Eraso will lead the investigation, as requested by Congress, of the causes of the accidental chemical release that destroyed the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, which killed 11 workers and injured 17 others.
"I appreciate this important role as chairman because the mission of the Chemical Safety Board to investigate root causes of chemical accidents to prevent future incidents, really sums up my life's work."
Prof. Rafael Moure-Eraso
Work Environment Department
Read the Boston Globe story, "UMass Professor set to lead oil spill probe."
Prof. Doyle Earns UMass President's Public Service Award
Prof. Kay Doyle grew up in a time when many women didn't attend college and even fewer pursued careers in the sciences. But from an early age, Doyle was intrigued by science. It helped her find ways to make the world a better place. She was recently recognized for enhancing lives through developing strong partnerships between science and people with the UMass President's Public Service award that honors faculty who have provided exemplary public service to the Commonwealth.
"My work in a public university is important to my life as an educator and member of this community, where I can make a difference in students' lives."
Prof. Kay Doyle
Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences Department
Ken Geiser Awarded University Professorship
Known worldwide as a visionary environmental policy expert, Prof. Ken Geiser of Work Environment was awarded the honor of "University Professor," the most esteemed title bestowed on a faculty member. The honor is conferred specifically for excellence in teaching, research and service. He served as the director of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell from 1990 until 2003. He currently co-directs the University's Lowell Center for Sustainable Production.
"I always try to encourage my students to question what is given, to dream of better solutions, and to find in themselves the capacity to make a more just and sustainable world."
Prof. Ken Geiser
Work Environment Department
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