A Colorado State University chemistry professor, a senior majoring in natural resources management, and a lecturer and author from the University of Chicago Law School have won the Willard O. Eddy Awards this year.
The Eddy Awards are given annually to honor the memory of Willard Eddy, who helped establish the Honors Program and was instrumental in promoting liberal education at Colorado State during his 56-year tenure.
The Eddy Lecture this year, presented by Martha Nussbaum, will be Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center on campus. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago Law School, will speak on "Women and Cultural Universals." The event is free and open to the public.
Nussbaum is author of "Poetic Justice," "The Therapy of Desire," "Love’s Knowledge" and "The Fragility of Goodness."
Professor Steven Strauss, the Eddy Teacher Award winner, has been teaching chemistry at Colorado State since 1981. Students describe him as having excellent classroom skills as well as a helpful, caring manner outside the classroom. One student said, "Everything he does seems to be for the purpose of either bettering his knowledge or bettering someone else’s life."
Strauss was named University Honors Professor for 1993-94 and received the College of Natural Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1983. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated excellence in undergraduate advising as well as interest in curricular issues related to the role of science and research in the liberal arts.
The Eddy Scholar Award will be presented to Andrew Bean, a senior in natural resources management in the College of Natural Resources. Bean, who is from Buffalo, Wyo., is active in the university’s Honors Program and was accepted into the President’s Leadership Program and Mortar Board at Colorado State, where he carries a 3.9 grade-point average.
Willard Eddy served as chairman of two departments, helped create the Honors Program and developed the university’s first classes in philosophy, logic, ethics and more than 20 other courses still offered in the College of Liberal Arts. Eddy began his career at Colorado State in 1936 and, though retiring in 1974, continued teaching part-time until his death in 1993.
Each year, events commemorating Eddy’s contributions to Colorado State culminate with the Eddy Lecture.
"Willard Eddy played an important role in founding liberal arts education at Colorado State," said Loren Crabtree, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "His contributions are reflected to this day in the strong educational programs that prepare students for truly productive and satisfying lives."