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Two College of Chemistry faculty have won awards for their outstanding contributions to the Berkeley campus

Professor William LesterProfessor William Lester

Professor of Chemistry William Lester, along with three other Berkeley faculty, has won the Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence. Chemistry Lecturer Michelle Douskey is one of five recipients of the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of Graduate Student Instructors.

New this year, the Chancellor's Award acknowledges meritorious achievement by Academic Senate faculty members in pursuit of the university's mission to create an inclusive environment and serve the needs of the increasingly diverse state of California.

Lester has been a strong supporter of underrepresented students in the sciences. He has been the driving force behind the College of Chemistry's Scholars Program, which assists students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Other recipients are Alice Agogino, professor of mechanical engineering; Gibor Basri, professor of astronomy; and Rhona Weinstein, professor of psychology. Each honoree will receive $30,000, to be placed in a departmental account to continue his or her work.

Douskey is one of a handful of deserving faculty since 1999 to have earned the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs). GSIs themselves nominate faculty members to be recognized, and the Graduate Council's Advisory Committee for GSI Affairs reviews the nominations and makes the selections.

douskeyChemistry Lecturer Michelle Douskey

In addition to Douskey, other recipients this year are Janet Adelman, English; Paul Groth, geography and architecture; John Hurst, education; and Rosemary Joyce, anthropology.

Douskey, who earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota, mentors about 45 Chem 1A GSIs during the fall semester, and usually teaches her own courses in the spring.

In her spare time, Douskey has created striking images of chemistry glassware. These images, made with a process called rayography, are on display in the chemistry library near the stairs to the mezzanine.

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Rayography image by Michelle Douskey

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