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Faculty Members Receive Raubenheimer Awards

Above, from left: Sheldon Kamienecki, professor and chair of political science; Richard Meyer, assistant professor of art history; and Alexander Zholkovsky, professor of Slavic languages and literature. Not shown is Robert M. Guralnick, professor of matehmaticcs.

RAUBENHEIMER Awards – recognizing exemplary teaching, research and service – were given in October to four faculty members in the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Sheldon Kamieniecki, professor and chair of political science, Robert Guralnick, professor of mathematics, and Alexander Zholkovsky, professor of Slavic languages and literature received the 1999 Albert S. Raubenheimer Senior Faculty Awards at an Oct. 7 reception.

IN ADDITION, Richard Meyer, an assistant professor of art his tory, was announced as the 1999 Raubenheimer Junior Faculty Award winner.

Raubenheimer Senior Faculty Awards, the honor the college be stows, are presented annually to a faculty member from each of the three divisions in the college – natural sciences and mathematics, humanities, and social sciences. Each award comes with a $3,000 prize.

Kamieniecki, from the division of social sciences, joined the political science faculty in 1981. He has chaired the department since 1995 and directs the environmental studies program, which he founded in 1993. Kamieniecki teaches environmental politics and policy at the graduate and undergraduate levels and conducts research in environmental politics and policy, investigating such things as toxic-waste disposal, clean-air and clean-water policies.

Robert M. Guralnick, from the natural sciences and mathematics division, joined the mathematics faculty in 1979 and chaired the department from 1990 to 1996. He teaches two core-major courses – a graduate course in matrix analysis and a math course required of all undergraduates majoring in the social sciences. His research interests lie in algebra, especially in finite group theory and ring theory; he has published more than 100 research papers on these topics.

Alexander Zholkovsky, from the humanities division, joined the department of Slavic languages and literature in 1984. A native of Moscow and a linguist by training, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Russian literature and Russian literary criticism. His courses include two popular general-education courses, “Masterpieces of the Short Story” and “The Russian Novel.” His research focuses on Russian literature, especially the works of Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Zoshchenko and 20th-century Russian and Soviet authors.

Richard Meyer, also from the humanities division, joined the fine arts faculty in 1996 and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in modern and contemporary art history. In his research, Meyer is particularly interested in the ongoing cultural debate over sexuality and gender and its effects upon modern art and visual culture.

THE RAUBENHEIMER Awards are named in memory of the late Albert S. Raubenheimer, USC vice president for academic affairs from 1948 to 1960 and dean of liberal arts (renamed, during his tenure, to letters, arts and sciences) from 1937 to 1947.

Faculty Members Receive Raubenheimer Awards

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