United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year: Past Awardees

2016 United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year

John E. Straub

College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry

Chemistry Professor John E. Straub receives the 2016 United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from Provost Jean Morrison (right) and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Beth Loizeaux. (Photo by Cydney Scott for Boston University Photography)

Chemistry Professor John E. Straub receives the 2016 United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from Provost Jean Morrison (right) and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Beth Loizeaux. (Photo by Cydney Scott for Boston University Photography)

For more than 25 years, Professor John Straub has brought unbridled enthusiasm to the teaching of chemistry and biophysics. With his trademark colored chalk and an arsenal of Mr. Wizard-worthy laboratory demonstrations, Professor Straub has earned admiration from students and colleagues for his ability to make complex subjects, from thermodynamics to computational algorithms, accessible and enjoyable.

“Professor Straub is amazing,” writes one student. “He’s great at answering questions in a way that makes sense …You get the feeling that he really wants everyone to do well and likes helping.” “One of the best professors I have ever had,” writes another. “He’s very good at teaching and obviously passionate – a genius.”

Professor Straub’s scholarship has garnered prestigious awards and honors. With more than 15,000 citations to over 130 original publications, he has made seminal contributions to modern chemical reaction rate theory and developed a host of popular computational algorithms for the simulation of thermodynamic and dynamic properties of liquids, glasses, and proteins.

Writes his nominator: “John’s accomplishments are representative of a remarkable life of scholarship that has had such a positive impact on the lives of his students and colleagues at BU, as well as the larger scientific community, both locally and nationally.”

2015 Carrie Preston, CAS, English
2014 Thomas Gilmore, CAS, Biology
2013 Bennett Goldberg, CAS, Physics
2012 Alice Cronin-Golomb, CAS, Psychology
2011 Wendy Mariner, SPH, Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights
2010 Azer Bestavros, CAS, Computer Science
2009 Ward Farnsworth, LAW
2008 Bruce Schulman, CAS, History
2007 Adam Sweeting, CGS, Humanities
2006 Charles Rzepka, CAS, English
2005 Bonnie Costello, CAS, English
2004 David Hempton, STH
2003 Maryann Amodeo, SSW, Clinical Practice
2002 Elizabeth Simmons, CAS, Physics
2001 Herbert W. Mason, CAS/UNI
2000 Roye Wates, CAS, Music
1999 Natalie McKnight, CGS, Humanities
1998 Benjamin Kaminer, MED
1997 Robert Devaney, CAS, Mathematics
1996 Roselmina Indrisano, SED
1995 Tomás Kohn, SMG
1994 Paula Fredricksen, CAS/STH
1993 Roscoe Giles, ENG
1992 Marilyn Root, COM
1991 J. Paul Sampley, STH
1990 Kevin Ryan, SED
1989 Kathleen White, CLA, Psychology
1988 William Keylor, CLA, History
1987 Gloria Callard, CLA, Biology
1986 Barry Granoff, CLA, Mathematics
1985 Roger Manvell, UNI/COM
1984 Howard C. Kee, GRS, STH
1983 Lynn Margulis, CLA, Biology
1982 James Teele, CLA, Sociology