Furman Professor Brannon Andersen Receives 2008 SCICU Teaching Award

April 18, 2008

GREENVILLE, SC – April 18, 2008 – Dr. Brannon Andersen, professor of earth and environmental sciences at Furman University, has been awarded a 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) organization.

SCICU announced its third annual Excellence in Teaching awards at an April 15 awards banquet in Columbia.

The awards are given to one faculty member at each of the 20 SCICU member colleges and universities.  The recipients are honored with a certificate and a $3,000 professional development grant.

The previous Furman winners of the Excellence in Teaching Award were Dr. Gil Einstein, professor of psychology, and Dr. Elizabeth Smith, associate professor of political science.

Andersen joined the Furman faculty in 1994.  A graduate of Texas A & M University, he holds a M.S. degree in geology from Miami University and a Ph.D. in geology from Syracuse University.  His primary research interest is the biogeochemistry of surface waters, particularly of carbon, nitrogen and silicon.  He also studies the geochemistry of trace metals in surface waters and sediments.

Andersen is a key member of Furman’s Sustainability Planning Group, which ensures that sustainability and environmental responsibility are integral to the university’s curriculum and operations.  He is also part of the River Basins Research Initiative, an interdisciplinary team studying the impact of urbanization on watersheds.

Andersen has published numerous articles and received several grants to support his research.  He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Geochemical Society and Geological Society of America.

SCICU was established in 1953 with the primary mission of promoting independent higher education in South Carolina.  The organization seeks to advance independent higher education through fundraising, scholarships, research, and by facilitating collaborative activities among the 20 member institutions.
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