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The setting sun illuminates buildings on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus in April 2019.  

Several University of Alaska Fairbanks professors are being honored with awards as August comes to a close.

The university announced this week the 2019 winners of the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Service and Research Awards, as well as the University of Alaska Foundation Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence.

In all, four professors won an award for their work with the college.

Dean of the School of Management Mark Herrmann is the recipient of the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. Named for the first woman to be Alaskan of the Year, the prize is given annually to someone who has made a significant contribution toward the university’s mission, according to the nomination guidelines.

Herrmann has been with UAF since the early 1990s, when he started as an associate professor of economics. He was nominated by Christi Bell, who is a former student, associate vice provost and executive director of the University of Alaska Anchorage Business Enterprise Institute, according to a news release from the University of Alaska Foundation.

“Under Herrmann’s leadership, the School of Management has increased revenue and reduced costs all while improving the student experience, increasing enrollment and graduation rates and expanding community outreach,” the news release reads.

Also announced this week, Charles Mason, chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at UAF, has received the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award.

Mason has worked at UAF since 1990 and was nominated by a few students, who cited his “humor, patience and willingness to challenge them academically” according to a UAF news release.

Katey Walter Anthony, with the university’s Water and Environmental Research Center, received the Distinguished Research Award. She is a research professor focused on permafrost and climate change. Her nominators cited her work and its importance to the Arctic, according to the UAF release.

Michael West, Alaska state seismologist and director of the Alaska Earthquake Center, will receive the Distinguished Service Award for his work with the center.

West works with a team of people out of the center, according to the release, has been with the Geophysical Institute since 2004, and has advocated for congressional bills addressing natural disasters.

The Usibelli Awards were established in 1992 and named for Emil Usibelli, who developed Usibelli Coal Mine. Individuals who receive the awards are recognized for their contributions to the university.

This year, each recipient will receive $10,000 from the endowment established by Usibelli Coal Mine.

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