As an NASA astronaut and scientist, Larry DeLucas, O.D., Ph.D., has been instrumental in bringing the heavens to earth for students who might otherwise never have been exposed to science and technology.
“He’s been an exemplary advocate for science education and a source of inspiration for thousands of students from primary school to graduate levels,” says a colleague at NASA, with whom he now partners to make science accessible to all students.
DeLucas has been named the 2013 Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award recipient. DeLucas was selected for the honor by his peers, who have responded to his leadership, ingenuity and professionalism through the years. The award was presented during the annual Faculty Awards Convocation on Wednesday, April 10 in the UAB Alumni House.
Gawne receives the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Gawne, associate professor of vision sciences, “makes class fun, and he clearly enjoys it,” says one former student. “I don’t say this lightly, but Dr. Gawne is the best speaker/teacher I’ve ever had.”
Colleagues praise him for his thorough knowledge of his field and for his ability to communicate it as comprehensible concepts. “We instructors know how difficult it can be to back off the complexity of a subject to impart the big picture on our students,” says one colleague. “He gauges the level of student understanding and rewords difficult concepts as necessary.”
Gawne’s effectiveness is reflected in his student evaluations — universally, students appreciate his enthusiastic and creative teaching style, fair grading and dry sense of humor. As numerous students said in their evaluations, he is a “brilliant teacher.”
UAB Eye Care is an integral part of the UAB Medical Center. The newly-renovated main clinic is located in the Henry Peters Building at 1716 University Blvd, next door to the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences.
In case of an eye emergency or to make an appointment, call (205) 975-2020.