Avis Cohen to give Distinguished Scholar-Teacher lecture

Professor Avis Cohen (Biology/ISR) will give her University of Maryland 2011-2012 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Cohen will talk about her work and its implications in “An Interdisciplinary Journey from Lamprey Spinal Cords to Robots.” The lecture will be at 4:00 p.m. in 1115 Computer Science Instructional Center (CSIC). A reception honoring Cohen will be held immediately following the lecture.

The University of Maryland’s Distinguished Scholar-Teacher program recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers. Cohen is one of only four professors within the university to receive the honor this year. Nominees for the award are selected by their peers; the winners are chosen by a panel of former Distinguished Scholar-Teachers.

The Scholar-Teachers bring a passion for learning to their colleagues and students, and serve as models of what a professor at a fine research university should be. Winners receive a cash award to support instructional and scholarly activities, and make a public presentation in the fall semester on a topic of scholarly interest.

Previous Distinguished Scholar-Teachers from ISR include Professor K.J. Ray Liu (ECE) 2007–2008, Professor Michael Fu (Robert H. Smith School of Business/ISR), 2004-2005; Professor Steve Marcus (ECE/ISR), 2000-2001; and Professor Emeritus Thomas McAvoy (ChE/BE/ISR), 1997-1998.

Published November 17, 2011