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Two New Members Inducted Research Hall of Fame

Dr. David W. Seybert, professor and dean of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, and Dr. Rick R. McCown, a professor in the School of Education's Department of Foundations and Leadership, were inducted into the Office of Research Hall of Fame at Duquesne University on May 31.

The Hall of Fame recognizes Duquesne faculty members whose research and work has garnered significant attention and funding, and honors their substantial contributions to their respective fields. Each inductee also receives a set of custom, personalized trading cards highlighting their expertise and grants.

Seybert, who has served as dean of the Bayer School since 2000, has been awarded more than $1.8 million in the last decade for his research in science education, diversity initiatives and support of the research infrastructure. All of these initiatives reinforce the Bayer School's mission.

In his role as dean, Seybert oversees the Bayer School, which includes faculty who receive more than $2 million in external funding each year from agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy to support their research. In addition, the Bayer School hosts an annual, 10-week summer undergraduate research program that enables students to work with faculty, graduate students and research fellows.

McCown's research focuses on the teaching-learning process, including how educational leadership operates as a teaching function. He has published eight books about the teaching-learning process in schools as well as numerous journal articles, technical reports, curriculum resources and teaching manuals.

In addition, McCown serves as director of Duquesne's Professional Doctorate in Education Leadership program and his teaching includes graduate courses and seminars on teaching and learning, and research methods. He has received several university teaching honors, including the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching at Duquesne.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.