Meredith Morris won the COS Award for Teaching Excellence. Jim Morris won the Outstanding Researcher Award.

Meredith Morris won the COS Award for Teaching Excellence. Jim Morris won the Outstanding Researcher Award.
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CLEMSON – Meredith Morris, Jim Morris, Feng Ding and Amy Pope are the 2017 winners of College of Science faculty awards of excellence.

Each will be recognized at the COS full faculty meeting Wednesday in the Daniel Hall auditorium.

Meredith Morris won the 2017 COS Award for Teaching Excellence. She came to Clemson more than 10 years ago as a research assistant and has since risen to become one of the most popular and enthusiastic mentors at Clemson University. She also has been heavily involved in community outreach and diversity recruitment.

“I am extremely thankful to receive this award,” said Meredith Morris, an assistant professor in the department of genetics and biochemistry. “The most important resource for a teacher is access to motivated students, and I am grateful to Clemson for allowing me to work with passionate students who are anxious to learn in the laboratory and the lecture hall, and who also enjoy serving their communities.”

Jim Morris won the Outstanding Researcher Award. Over the past 14 years, his research has helped advance global health for some of the world’s poorest people. His numerous accomplishments include winning eight National Institutes of Health grants, helping secure NIH COBRE funding for the Eukaryotic Pathogens Innovation Center and working on drug development with the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

“I was honored to be recognized by the College of Science,” Jim Morris said. “It reflects the very hard work that many current and previous team member have put toward solving difficult questions that I would not have been able to tackle alone. It really is a nice recognition of the efforts of many, many people.”

Feng Ding won the Outstanding Young Researcher Award.

Feng Ding won the Outstanding Young Researcher Award.
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Feng Ding won the Outstanding Young Researcher Award. Over the past five years, he has established a vibrant group with diverse ongoing research projects. One of his projects includes using high-tech computer modeling to unveil the intricate molecular causes of adult-onset diabetes.

“It is a great honor to receive this award. I really appreciate the recognition by colleagues in the College of Science,” said Ding, an assistant professor of biophysics. “Without the continuous support from the department and the college, all the successes and achievements, if any, cannot happen. With the encouragement, I will keep working hard to be a creative and productive researcher and also an outstanding research mentor.”

Amy Pope won the Outstanding Lecturer Award.

Amy Pope won the Outstanding Lecturer Award.
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Amy Pope won the Outstanding Lecturer Award. After beginning her teaching career at Clemson in 2002, she has since become a mentor to thousands of students. Pope engages students on a personal level in the minutes before classes begin, encourages them as they solve audience response problems in class, and engages them with current examples of physics in the news. She also is heavily involved in events outside the classroom.

“I am very honored to be selected as the COS Outstanding Lecturer this year. Teaching students is a joy and a passion for me,” said Pope, a senior lecturer in the department of physics and astronomy. “It is a privilege to be recognized as someone who has made a contribution to the education of our amazing Clemson students.”

Meredith and Jim Morris, who are married, were nominated by Julia Frugoli, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Genetics and associate chair of genetics and biochemistry. Ding was nominated by Apparao Rao, director of the Clemson Nanomaterials Institute and the Robert A. Bowen Professor of Physics. Pope was nominated by Terry Tritt, Interim Chair and Alumni Distinguished Professor in the department of physics and astronomy. Selected portions of their letters of nomination were used in this report.