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SCHEV Honors Physicist Charles Hyde in Richmond Ceremony

Old Dominion University physics professor and Eminent Scholar Charles Hyde received a 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) on Feb. 16 in Richmond.

The awards luncheon at the Jefferson Hotel was attended by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Hyde is Old Dominion's 29th SCHEV honoree and the second physicist in a row, following Gail Dodge last year.

SCHEV has bestowed the statewide honor annually since 1987 to selected faculty members for excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration and public service. The Outstanding Faculty Award is open to nominees from all public and private Virginia institutions of higher education.

Hyde was one of 13 faculty members to be honored this year. Each received an engraved plaque and $5,000 underwritten by the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources. Dominion is the parent company of Dominion Virginia Power.

A total of 354 faculty members have received outstanding faculty awards in the life of the program.

"I would especially like to thank my colleagues and students in the physics department who have made ODU such a great place to work for the past 20 years," Hyde said.

Hyde is an internationally recognized leader in experimental nuclear physics and as a builder of international research collaborations. A longtime researcher at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Hyde has been instrumental in helping to develop the field known as Deeply Virtual Compton Scattering.

"Professor Hyde is extremely active in research, teaching and service at the University," said Charles Sukenik, chair of Old Dominion's department of physics. "He is an excellent teacher of courses ranging from Conceptual Physics to our most advanced graduate courses, he serves as the physics chief departmental adviser and he is very active in public outreach activities. Professor Hyde sets the standard for faculty excellence at ODU, and so it is most fitting that he is recognized with the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award."

This year's 13 recipients were selected from a pool of 92 nominees based on accomplishments that strongly reflect the missions of their respective colleges and universities.

Hyde has won Old Dominion's faculty excellence award in the College of Sciences (2006) and the Provost's Award for Leadership in International Education (2014). He was recognized as outstanding undergraduate adviser in 2013 and designated University Professor in 2014.

The following are Old Dominion's previous SCHEV outstanding faculty winners:

2015: Gail Dodge, Physics

2014: Carolyn Rutledge, Nursing

2012: Steve Yetiv, Political Science

2011: Mark Butler, Biological Sciences

2009: Lawrence Hatab, Philosophy; Lawrence Weinstein, Physics

2008: Bridget Anderson, English; Shaomin Li, Business Management

2007: John Adam, Mathematics and Statistics

2006: Donald Zeigler, Political Science and Geography; Sharon Raver-Lampman, Early Childhood, Speech Language Pathology and Special Education

2005: Katharine Kersey, Early Childhood, Speech Language Pathology and Special Education; Cynthia Jones, Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

2004: Charles Wilson, English

2003: Sheri Reynolds, English

2002: Janet Peery, English

2001: Sushil Chaturvedi, Mechanical Engineering; Dwight Allen, Educational Curriculum and Instruction

2000: John Toomey, Music

1999: Daniel Dauer, Biological Sciences; Chris Drake, Political Science and Geography

1997: Dana Heller, English

1996:William Stanley, Engineering Technology

1995: Helen Rountree, Sociology and Criminal Justice

1994: Nancy Bazin, English

1993: Michele Darby, Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting

1992: Gregory Selby, Mechanical Engineering

1991: Karen Polonko, Sociology and Criminal Justice

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