CU Boulder has presented Hanspeter Schaub with the 2023 Hazel Barnes Prize, the university’s largest and most prestigious single faculty award. The honor recognizes outstanding teachers who also have distinguished records in research and scholarship.
Professor Shelly Miller is a problem-solver and an air pollution engineer. She finds reward and value when solving issues with immediate benefits, such as improved public health. Doing her work through a community partnership model is a match made in heaven.
While it’s popular, June Gruber’s teaching, which recently won a Cogswell Award for Inspirational Instruction, doesn’t show students the path to unmitigated joy; on the contrary, the science of emotional wellness is more nuanced.
CU Boulder's growing faculty expertise in soft materials was a huge draw for Assistant Professor Kōnane Bay. A Native Hawaiian, Bay's research is inspired by the innate sustainability of the huli kalo—a traditional Hawaiian food staple—to develop sustainable polymeric materials.
From developing vaccines to breaking down mixed-plastic waste streams into valuable chemicals, Assistant Professor Kayla Sprenger's highly interdisciplinary work is focused at the crossroads of physics, engineering and immunology, and done in close synergy with experimentalists and clinicians.
With regent approval in February, the University of Colorado announced Karolin Luger as a newly designated distinguished professor. Being named a distinguished professor is the highest honor bestowed upon faculty across the system's four campuses. Luger joins a nine-member 2022 cohort.