Biology Professor Hall Cushman and German Professor Michaela Grobbel have been selected as recipients of this year's Goldstein Award for Excellence in Scholarship at Sonoma State University.
Cushman, a faculty member since 1994, has been successful in securing over $2 million dollars for research funding in the areas of ecology and conservation biology, and has published widely in these areas.
He has also been a strong mentor for SSU students in their research projects and career development. Cushman will use the award funding to support students conducting field research on the spread of invasive and exotic species along the coastal areas of Sonoma County. Details on his work can be found at www.sonoma.edu/biology/faculty/hall_cushman.htm. Cushman lives in Santa Rosa.
Grobbel began teaching at SSU as a lecturer in 1997. In 2005, she became an Assistant Professor with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and now coordinates the German Program, teaching all levels of German language and culture classes, including German film. In 2008, Grobbel was honored with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's Excellence in Education Award.
In 2009, Dr. Grobbel was awarded an SSU Interdisciplinary Partnerships for Investigations that Connect the University (IPUCU) grant to support an exhibit related to her research on Romani ("Gypsy") self-expression. Grobbel will use the Goldstein award funds to expand her research on Romani self-expression through theater, literature and visual art.
Further details on her work can be found at www.sonoma.edu/modlang/faculty/michaela_grobbel.html. Grobbel is a resident of Sebastopol.
The Bernie and Estelle Goldstein Award for Excellence in Scholarship recognizes faculty who best exemplify the teacher- scholar model in their professional development at Sonoma State University.
Nominees are evaluated based on their excellence in such achievements as publications, exhibits, presentations, workshops and grants. Material impact of the scholarly work and its effect on teaching, the university community, and/or the wider community are taken into account as well.