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Oct. 13, 1997

W. Dean Harman Named Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professor

Charlottesville, Va - The University of Virginia's Board of Visitors has elected professor W. Dean Harman as the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professor. Harman has been a chemistry professor at UVa for eight years. He is only the second person awarded the chair as the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professor.

The Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship was established from Sugar Bowl proceeds provided by the Athletic Department in May 1991.

Four hundred thousand dollars of Virginia's 1991 Sugar Bowl proceeds were provided to academic areas. The $400,000 was split evenly with $200,000 allocated to the Emminent Scholars Program, and $200,000 awarded to Alderman Library. The allocation to Alderman Library was used to establish NABS (on-line Newspaper Abstract Database).

Additional funding for the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship endowment was made from funds received for Virginia's participation in the 1992 Gator Bowl, the 1994 Independence Bowl and the 1995 Peach Bowl. The current value of the endowment exceeds $450,000.

Harman has been awarded the chair for a two-year term that expires on June 30, 1999. He replaces professor of economics Kenneth Elzinga, who held the chair for the past five years after being elected in 1992.

The honor is the latest recognition Harman has received since joining the UVa faculty. He has also been named the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1994-95), and been awarded the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (1993-98), the 1993 University of Virginia All-University Teaching Award, the Cammile and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1992-95) and the Thomas and Margaret Burnett Teaching Award (1991).

Harman is recognized by colleagues and students as a "world class" research scientist in the area of organometallic chemistry. He has also received the highest ratings from students for his undergraduate teaching.

"Given the outstanding educators in all disciplines at the University of Virginia, I was absolutely astonished to learn a scientist had been selected as the recipient of the Cavalier Chair," Harman said. "I'm honored to receive such recognition and grateful to be at a University that recognizes its outstanding teachers as well as its outstanding athletes."

W. Dean Harman will be recognized as the recipient of the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship during the Virginia-Duke football game this Saturday (Oct. 18).


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