2015 award recipients


David Newman. UAF photo by Todd Paris.

Dr. David E. Newman

2015 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award

WHEREAS Dr. David E. Newman has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction since 1998; and has long demonstrated creativity in, enthusiasm for and dedication to student learning, earning him great respect and high regard from his students and making him a highly sought-after advisor; and

WHEREAS Dr. Newman has taught across the spectrum of the physics curriculum, from undergraduate courses for nonmajors to highly specialized graduate courses and seminars; and

WHEREAS Dr. Newman has extended his educational mission beyond the University, presenting in public forums and teaching in lifelong learning settings; and whose excellence in education led to his being named a Fellow of the American Physical Society;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Alaska Fairbanks takes great pride in the achievements and contributions of its faculty, and extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. David E. Newman; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University, in recognizing the extraordinary excellence in teaching demonstrated by Dr. David E. Newman, bestows upon him the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award on this day of November 19, 2015.


Hajo Eicken. UAF photo by Todd Paris.

Dr. Hajo Eicken

2015 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Research Award

WHEREAS Dr. Hajo Eicken has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction since 1998, becoming an international leader in the study of sea ice and its role in the climate system; and has been instrumental in helping improve sea ice prediction and information sharing, and international coordination of research efforts; and

WHEREAS Dr. Eicken’s research has expanded and embraced other pertinent and related topics, including oil in ice, sea ice hazards, impacts of sea ice change, environmental security in changing maritime environments, and synthesis of local and traditional knowledge in sea-ice research; and

WHEREAS Dr. Eicken’s research, interdisciplinary approach and integration of indigenous knowledge with Western scientific practice have made him one of the most respected and sought-after sea-ice experts throughout Alaska and the world;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Alaska Fairbanks takes great pride in the achievements and contributions of its faculty, and extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Hajo Eicken; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University, in recognizing the extraordinary excellence in research demonstrated by Dr. Hajo Eicken, bestows upon him the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Research Award on this day of November 19, 2015.


Pat Holloway. UAF photo by Todd Paris.

Dr. Patricia S. Holloway

2015 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Service Award

WHEREAS Dr. Patricia S. Holloway has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction since 1984; and has devoted herself to the study of horticulture in the State of Alaska and its real and potential applications to private and professional growers; and

WHEREAS Dr. Holloway has made her research relevant to Alaska gardeners, sharing her findings and expertise on plants and horticulture with commercial producers and home gardeners alike; and has dedicated tremendous time to providing presentations and guidance to garden clubs, nascent producers and the generally curious; and

WHEREAS Dr. Holloway has been the driving force behind the University’s beloved and acclaimed Georgeson Botanical Garden; and, as the first to recognize the commercial opportunities of the peony industry in Alaska, has been instrumental in helping develop the now-burgeoning field;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Alaska Fairbanks takes great pride in the achievements and contributions of its faculty, and extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Patricia S. Holloway; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University, in recognizing the extraordinary excellence in public service demonstrated by Dr. Patricia S. Holloway, bestows upon her the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Service Award on this day of November 19, 2015.

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