Galileo Circle Copernicus Awards

The Galileo Circle Copernicus Award is one of the highest honors the College of Science can bestow on its non-tenure eligible faculty, appointed personnel or classified staff. These awards, established through the generosity of Galileo Circle members, recognize individuals whose extraordinary accomplishments significantly advance the mission of a department and the knowledge base of a discipline. Each Copernicus Awardee receives $5,000 and a lifetime membership in the Galileo Circle.

2017 Galileo Circle Fellows2019 Galileo Circle Copernicus Awardees Jason Aubrey, Julie Feldman and Ramzi Touchan © 2018 A.T. Willett

2019 Galileo Circle Copernicus Awardees

Jason Aubrey
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Aubrey has been at the University of Arizona since 2013 and directs the Math Center. He received his PhD in Mathematics, specializing in set theory, from the University of Michigan. Dr. Aubreyís mathematics research is in the area of cardinal characteristics of the continuum, which is the study of the relationships between various combinatorial properties of sets of real numbers. As Director of the Math Center, Dr. Aubreyís work focuses on recruiting, supporting, and advising Mathematics and Data Science majors. In addition, Dr. Aubrey serves as faculty advisor to 46 students, and he specializes in advising underrepresented minority students. Dr. Aubrey has taught and created a variety of courses, and co-authored the current Math 323 textbook with Professor Dan Madden. Dr. Aubrey is also active in undergraduate and K-12 math education research. He is a primary investigator on an NSF grant to create new, innovative curriculum for pre-service secondary math teachers, and has designed and taught many professional development courses for in-service K-12 teachers.

Julie Feldman
Program Director & Instructor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Feldman earned her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Washington in 1995. She moved to Tucson to complete post-doctoral respecialization in Clinical Psychology at the University of Arizona, and has been on the faculty ever since. She is a non-tenure track Professor of Psychology and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Feldman completed her clinical psychology internship at the Tucson VA Medical Center, and has been a licensed clinical psychologist in Arizona since 2002. She was a board member of the Southern Arizona Psychology Association for 13 years. She is an innovative teacher of both large and small undergraduate and graduate level courses. She developed and has taught a graduate course on Teaching of Psychology for 23 years. She is Director of the Life Skills Training Enhancement Program (LifeSTEP) for undergraduates providing skills training and mentorship services for children with emotional and behavior problems for 18 years. She coordinates the Clinical Psychology externship program, supervises psychology interns in the psychiatry department, and teaches psychotherapy to graduate students. Her clinical interests are in the areas of anxiety and depression. 

Ramzi Touchan
Research Professor, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

Dr. Touchanís research integrates dendrochronology into climatology and resource management and includes regional studies around the Northern Hemisphere. He pioneered the development of climate-sensitive tree ring networks across the Mediterranean Basin. That data has led to an increased understanding of climate change impacts and the vulnerability of society to climate change. He developed the international summer course ìTree Rings, Climate, Natural Resources, and Human Interaction,î and has taught it annually since 2008 in several countrie s, including twice in Turkey and Russia. Students from the course have established their own laboratories that are training a new generation of scientists in regions previously unexposed to dendrochronology. Dr. Touchan has conducted over 50 outreach presentations in the US and around the world. His work has benefited society and added fundamental knowledge to the science of dendrochronology.

Previous Galileo Circle Copernicus Awardees

Carol Bender
Distinguished Outreach Professor Emerita

Minying Cai
Research Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Lisa Elfring
Associate Professor, Departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Chemistry and Biochemistry

Cassandra Faux
Associate Professor, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Jeffrey S. Kingsley
Associate Director, Steward Observatory

Yeon Sun Lee
Research Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Peter Loch
Associate Research Scientist, Physic Department

Devid Meko
Research Professor, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

Lynne Oland
Research Scientist, Department of Neuroscience

John Pollard
Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Becca Van Sickler
Senior Program Coordinator, Departments of Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

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