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Physics Professor Paul Avery Named UF Teacher/Scholar of the Year

Paul Avery
Paul Avery

Physics Professor Paul Avery has been named the 2004-2005 Teacher/Scholar of the Year, the highest faculty honor bestowed by the University of Florida. The award is given annually to a professor who demonstrates excellence in both teaching and scholarly activity and exhibits visibility within and beyond the university.

“It is always hard to select one person among the many talented and deserving faculty,” says Associate Provost and English Professor Debra Walker King, who chaired the selection committee. “Dr. Avery emerged as winner based upon what the committee saw as his longstanding dedication to research, teaching and service at the university and in the community as well as the excellence he demonstrates in each area. This university, as well as the state of Florida, is honored to have someone of his ability and sincere dedication touching the hearts and minds of those we serve.”

Avery has served the university for 20 years and is a world-recognized scholar for his fundamental contributions to high energy physics. He has published more than 390 refereed publications and supervised 23 PhD students, postdoctoral associates and scientists while maintaining consistent extramural funding. He is the director of two National Science Foundation projects, the Grid Physics Network and the International Virtual Data Grid Laboratory.

Avery’s primary research in high energy physics is on the production and decay of new “quarks” in the elementary particles and the fundamental forces that govern both their behavior and the underlying structure of the universe. He collaborates on two major experiments, CLEO, based at Cornell University, and Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), located in Geneva's CERN laboratory. Avery teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate physics courses and was recently named a fellow of the American Physical Society.

“I am pleased and honored at being selected for this award,” Avery says. “I have benefited throughout my career from the strong support of my colleagues and the administration at the University of Florida. I especially appreciate the collegial environment within the Department of Physics and the ease in forming collaborative projects with members of other departments and colleges. These interpersonal relations, more than anything else, have made my working life so enjoyable here.”

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