Taylor Honored at Annual Faculty Awards Banquet
Each year, faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are recognized for their contributions to the college, the university, and the impact of their teaching and research at the annual faculty awards dinner. One member of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences received an award at this year’s event, which took place Thursday, December 1, 2016.
The College Marshal Award is the college equivalent of the university macebearer and is, therefore, the highest college honor awarded to a member of the faculty. The recipient of this award is selected annually by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and honors a senior faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the college and the university. The College Marshal represents the college at the spring and fall commencement ceremonies in the following calendar year.
Larry Taylor, professor of petrology and geochemistry in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, started his distinguished career at UT in 1973. A year earlier, he was in the back-room of the Johnson Space Center during the Apollo 17 Mission advising astronauts on the moon, which played a major role in his research interests and funding. Dr. Taylor considers himself a true “lunatic” because of his continuous study of and fascination with lunar rocks and soils. His NSF-funded research on diamonds provides his research team the opportunity to learn about the deepest portions of Earth. As the director of the Planetary Geosciences Institute at UT, Dr. Taylor facilitates an ongoing fascination with space and space exploration with students in science and engineering, as well as teachers of K-12 grades in Tennessee. His outreach efforts reach an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 students and teachers. The StarWatch sessions, hosted on the Nielsen Physics Building, are just another example of how Professor Taylor demonstrates outstanding service to the college and university and is deserving of the College Marshall Award.
Congratulations to Professor Taylor on his achievement.