Provost's Awards Lecture Series
Spring 2017

This series is to honor and showcase each year's recipients of the Provost's Awards.

THURSDAY, February 16, 2017
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 2206


Joseph Ross, Department of Biology
Recipient of the 2015-2016 - Provost's Award in Innovation

"Scaling the Behemoth: Simple Practices for Innovation"
Join Dr. Joseph Ross for an interactive session on the principles of effecting pedagogical revolution, with the goal of inspiring and catalyzing your classroom innovations. To ensure that you benefit as much as possible from our limited time together, please prepare beforehand by 1) watching a video tailored for this presentation at:, and 2) bringing a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, laptop) with you to the event.


Timothy Baker, Department of Accountancy
Recipient of the 2015-2016 - Provost's Award in Outstanding Lecturer

"How to Succeed inBusiness"
Success in business means different things to different people. This diversity causes misunderstanding in how to achieve success. Timothy Baker will explore several ideas that have caused stumbling blocks in the process of striving for success. 


WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 2206


Recipients of the 2015-2016 Provost's Award in Promising New Faculty

Florence Cassel Sharma, Department of Plant Science

"Synergistic Integration of Scholarly Research and University Services for Teaching Enhancement"
In this presentation, Dr. Cassel Sharma will share her experience applying and integrating scholarly research and services into pedagogy to enhance students' learning. Her approach focuses on strong scientific foundation and relating complex concepts to real-life examples derived from research and outreach activities with CSU partners and external collaborators, where students are directly involved and academically empowered. Dr. Cassel Sharma will discuss her emphasis on student engagement with practical learning experience using the university farm and the water centers, as well as opportunities she provides students to interact with industry professionals and scientists from other universities and governmental agencies through field visits, guests lectures, workshops, conferences and publications.

David Lent, Department of Biology

"Understanding Brain and Behavior Using Insects"
How do organisms successfully interact and navigate through their environment? This is the driving question behind Dr. Lent's research. He strives to answer this question by exploring how the nervous system processes a complex sensory environment to give an organism a representation of the space around it in which it can successfully move and behave. The neural processes that serve to separate an organism from its environment, to process the space in which it lives, are fundamental to understanding the neural basis of higher order processes. Dr. Lent's research into these issues examines behavior in insects and uses the diversity of insects to explore many aspects of neuroscience including computational, behavioral, and neurodegenerative diseases.

AlyTawfik, Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering

"Autonomous and Shared Autonomous Transportation Systems: An Opportunity for University Interdisciplinary Research"
As our transportation systems continue to become ever more unsustainable, they are on the verge of a transformative [r]evolution described as one of the most disruptive of our time. Our autonomous and shared autonomous transportation futures are expected to have profound impacts on our societies and personal lives, including social, environmental and economic, yet their impacts remain to be particularly novel and insufficiently researched. Accordingly, Dr. Tawfik will present and discuss many of the different disruptive facets and impacts of our transformative transportation future; hoping to identify and establish possible interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities across the university.

 Fresno State is committed to providing universal access to all our guests. Please contact the Office of the Provost at 559.278.2636 to request disability accommodations.