Monday, March 15, 2010

Biology professor is top at UC Davis

By Laurel Rosenhall

Published: Friday, Mar. 12, 2010 - 10:32 am
In a surprise ceremony this morning, UC Davis biology professor Rick Grosberg was awarded a $40,000 prize in recognition of being the school's best professor of the year.
Chancellor Linda Katehi interrupted Grosberg's class to announce that he received the 2010 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.

Professor Grosberg understands the value to our undergraduates of the hands-on research experience and, as a mentor, he is deeply committed to ensuring our students' success," Katehi said in a statement. "That mindset is one that we place a very high value on at UC Davis."

Grosberg's studies focus on evolution and family conflict among snails, sea squirts and sea anemones.

UC Davis officials believe the prize is the nation's largest cash prize for an undergraduate instructor. The prize is funded by private donations and the winner is selected based on recommendations from other professors, research peers and students.