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Robert T. Mason receiving award from Sastry Pantula

Fall awards: Celebrating faculty and staff excellence

Robert T. Mason, professor in the Department of Integrative Biology

The College of Science celebrated academic and administrative excellence at its 2016 Faculty and Staff Awards with a reception and ceremony on October 17.

Hearty congratulations to these award-winning faculty and staff who were recognized for their outstanding achievements:

Oksana Ostroverkhova, associate professor in the Department of Physics, received the Milton Harris Award in Basic Science Research, for her exceptional achievements in the studies and development of organic optical and optoelectronic materials. Ostroverkhova joined OSU in 2005 and was a NSF CAREER awardee.

Robert T. Mason, professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, received the F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science. The Gilfillan award honors a faculty member in the College whose scientific accomplishments have extended over a substantial period of time. Mason is an expert on reproduction in snakes and the physiological and endocrinological mechanisms mechanisms underlying mating processes. Since 1991, Mason and his research team have been studying the biology of the red-sided garter snake. Mason has nearly 150 peer-reviewed articles to his credit.

Mason will deliver the F. A. Gilfillan Memorial Award public lecture on a particular area of his research in spring 2017.

Mark Dunbar, who works in finance and accounting in the Arts and Sciences Business Center (ASBC), was honored with the ASBC Exemplary Service Award. This award recognizes exemplary service by a member of the ASBC to the colleges within the Division.

Traci Durrell-Khalife won the Gladys Valley Award for Exemplary Administrative Support, which recognizes outstanding job performance and dedication by a College staff person to the individual’s department and to the College. Durrell-Khalife is the graduate admissions coordinator in the Department of Integrative Biology.