National Science Foundation Thanks HWS Professors – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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National Science Foundation Thanks HWS Professors

Elizabeth J. Teles, acting director of the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation, recently wrote letters expressing the Foundation's sincere appreciation for the work that Professors John Halfman and Carol Parish did for them on science review panels in Arlington, Va., in January. Halfman was invited to serve on a geoscience panel while Parish served on the chemistry panel for proposals submitted to the Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement program.

“The Foundation must make difficult decisions regarding the support of grant proposals, and the individual advice of scientists, mathematicians, engineers, technicians, and educators is essential to our making informed choices,” said Teles. “In addition, reviewers' comments, which are sent without attribution to proposers, provide valuable peer advice that can help shape funded projects and can assist unsuccessful proposers in refining their ideas. Furthermore, both program policies and procedures are influenced by suggestions contributed by panel members…We appreciate the support that both you and your organization have given to this valuable activity.”

Halfman is an associate professor of geoscience, director of environmental studies program at the Colleges, and an overseer of The Finger Lakes Institute. Halfman received his B.S. from the University of Miami magna cum laude, his M.S. from the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. from Duke University. Before joining the faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1994, he taught in the Department of Earth Sciences and in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame.

Parish, assistant professor of chemistry at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 1997, holds a B.S. and M.S. from Indiana University-Purdue University, a Ph.D. from Purdue University, and pursued post-doctoral training at Columbia University. She is also a visiting assistant professor at Cornell University for her work in understanding protein folding. She has conducted extensive research ranging from drug design to pain inhibition that has been published in several publications.