Prized professor: Loomis recognized for outstanding teaching

Richard A. Loomis, PhD, associate professor of chemistry in Arts & Sciences (left), received the David Hadas Teaching Award from Gary S. Wihl, PhD, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences and the Lewin Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, during the Arts & Sciences’ annual faculty reception, held Sept. 6 in Holmes Lounge. The Hadas award recognizes an outstanding tenured faculty member in Arts & Sciences who demonstrates commitment and excellence in teaching first-year undergraduates. Loomis, a physical chemist whose research interests are centered on probing and controlling reaction dynamics at the atomic level, has received numerous teaching awards since his arrival at WUSTL in 1998. His awards include three ArtSci Council Faculty Awards for teaching (2000, 2004, 2008); the Graduate Student Senate’s Special Recognition for Excellence in Mentoring (2001, 2007) as well as the senate’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award (2008); and the Freshman Class Council Outstanding Professor of the Year Award (2010). Along with the award presentation, Wihl introduced new Arts & Sciences faculty at the reception.