Faculty Focus

Dr. John Martin named University Scholar for 2011

John Martin, assistant professor of Astronomy and Physics at the University of Illinois Springfield has been named University Scholar for 2011. He is the only UIS faculty member chosen for this award honoring and rewarding outstanding teachers and scholars at the three U of I campuses.

In astronomy, Martin studies supernova imposters and the end stages of the most massive stars. He was recently awarded a $62,096 grant over three years from the National Science Foundation to study Eta Carinae, the nearest supernova imposter. In addition to his research, he is an excellent example of the teacher-scholar model in action at UIS.

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Dr. Keenan Dungey named University Scholar for 2005

Keenan Dungey, assistant professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been named University Scholar for 2005-2006. He is one of 13 faculty members, and the only one from UIS, chosen for this award honoring and rewarding outstanding teachers and scholars at the three U of I campuses.

Dungey’s teaching and research interests focus on solid state chemistry for materials applications. Materials nominating him for the award noted that he “is a devoted teacher-scholar who integrates undergraduate research in his teaching and promotes research opportunities for students in the Springfield area.” Since joining the UIS faculty in the 2000 fall semester, Dungey has received the Cottrell College Science Award presented by the Research Corporation as well as a major grant from the National Science Foundation. The Cottrell award recognizes scientific originality, significance, feasibility, sustainability, and involvement of undergraduate students in the project.  The NSF grant funded the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for undergraduate chemistry courses.

Dungey’s other activities include designing and teaching a UIS course exploring the complex relationship and tension between science and religion, helping organize a symposium on Nanotechnology in Chemical Education at the 2004 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, publishing several articles in professional journals, and making numerous presentations at national conferences. He serves as a mentor for local high school students on science fair projects and is the faculty adviser for the Christian Student Fellowship at UIS.