WORCESTER, Mass. Two outstanding members of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) faculty received the Chairman's Exemplary Faculty Prize today during the universitys 140th Commencement exercises on May 17, 2008. Established in 2007 through the personal philanthropy of Donald K. Peterson 71, chair of the WPI Board of Trustees and former Chairman and CEO of Avaya Inc., the prize honors WPI faculty members for overall excellence.
Unlike WPI's Board of Trustees Awards, which recognize excellence in particular areas of faculty performance (teaching, research and scholarship, and advising), the Chairman's Exemplary Faculty Prizes recognize and reward faculty members who excel in all relevant areas of faculty performance. They are true exemplars of the Institute's highest aspirations and most important qualities," WPI President Dennis Berkey noted in announcing the new awards last year.
Two prizes, each in the amount of $10,000, were presented to David S. Adams, professor of biology and biotechnology, and Alexander E. Emanuel, professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Adams was honored, in part, for his ability to seamlessly blend his work as a teacher, advisor, and researcher, so that teaching becomes a way to ignite students passion for learning by exposing them to the frontiers of knowledge, and the research lab becomes a venue for nurturing talent, his citation notes. Described as a gifted teacher adept at finding everyday examples that make even the most difficult concepts understandable, he received WPIs Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1990 and the inaugural Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Academic Advising in 2000.
Adamss research focuses on the genetic and biochemical underpinning of Alzheimers disease, and on a class of neuroprotective peptides that may one day help slow or even prevent the brain disorder. His work has resulted in 36 presentations at national and international scien
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