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Math professor honored for service to state with Steeples award

A professor of mathematics whose outreach efforts have affected thousands of students in Kansas is the 2011 recipient of the Steeples Service to Kansas Award.

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan was honored for her accomplishments at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate recognition ceremony May 22 at the Lied Center.

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan

Don Steeples, the Dean A. McGee Distinguished Professor of Applied Geophysics, and his wife, Tammy, established the award in 1997 to honor Don Steeplesí parents, Wally and Marie Steeples, and to recognize outstanding service by KU faculty to other Kansans. The award provides recipients with $1,000 and an additional $1,000 base adjustment to their salaries.

Thousands of students in grades K-12 have benefited from mathematics classes, workshops and competitions established by Pasik-Duncan.

In 1994, she started teaching mathematics classes four times a week in a Lawrence elementary school on top of her regular teaching load at KU. In just two years, the students won 17 awards at Kansas Regional Math Contests.

She has since expanded her contributions. She has organized and implemented Mathematics Awareness Month at KU for 17 years, which has received accolades from the governor and the Lawrence city commission. The mathematics competitions that are part of the program have attracted more than 1,000 students from about 90 Kansas schools in kindergarten through 12th grade in the past five years alone.

She has also established a partnership in mathematics education between local elementary schools and KU, an annual mathematics workshop for 5th and 6th graders in Lawrence, and participates in about three workshops a year for high school teachers of mathematics and science in the United States and abroad.

Pasik-Duncan has been a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics since 1984. She has been honored with several of KUís most prestigious accolades, including the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence; the Frank B. Morrison Award for distinguished teaching; induction into the KU Womenís Hall of Fame; and the distinction of being the first mathematics professor to receive the HOPE teaching award since it was established in 1959.

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