Eric Rasmussen – Regents’ Teaching Award: English professor Rasmussen is an internationally-recognized Shakespeare scholar who has a knack for passing along his passion for the Bard to his students. Rasmussen, who last year received the university’s highest award for teaching excellence, the F. Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Teacher Award, has received the top teaching award for the entire Nevada System of Higher Education, the Regents’ Teaching Award.
Students have called his teaching “cutting-edge,” “brilliant” and “flawless.” Rasmussen attributes his success to “being able to take 400-year-old texts and make them relevant for 20-year-olds today.”
Iain Buxton – Regents’ Researcher Award: Buxton, professor of pharmacology at the School of Medicine, is this year’s recipient of the Regents’ Researcher Award. His research focuses on causes of pre-term birth and the behavior of breast cancer cells. In 2008, he received the university’s Outstanding Researcher Award. He also received the 2011 Graduate Student Association’s Vada Trimble Outstanding Mentor Award.
Buxton’s research, which has often led to discoveries that were breakthroughs against the prevailing scientific thought in the field, has garnered national attention and more than $6 million in grants from the National Institute of Health, the March of Dimes and the Department of Defense. Most recently, Buxton was awarded a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health research grant, the first in Nevada.
Monica Miller – Regents’ Rising Researcher Award: Miller, an associate professor of criminal justice and social psychology, is this year’s recipient of the Regents’ Rising Researcher Award. In 2009, she was also awarded the Vada Trimble Outstanding Mentor Award.
Miller’s research interests include jury decision-making, judicial stress and justice in family issues. She has published more than 60 articles, several book chapters and four books. She is currently writing a book on stress, trauma and well-being in the courtroom, looking at how various groups — lawyers, judges, victims, jurors, etc. — experience the legal system and what changes could be made to improve those experiences.
Jennifer O’Neil – Regents’ Academic Advisor Award, Undergraduate: O’Neil, an academic advisor, contributes to the success of students in the College of Engineering by taking a “hands-on” approach, continuously reaching out to the more than 500 students she advises. She was recognized for her dedication to students with this year’s Regents’ Academic Advisor Award for System excellence in advising undergraduate students.