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UCO Professor Receives 2020 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence

Headshot of David Bass, Ph.D.

March 4, 2020

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UCO Professor Receives 2020 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has named David Bass, Ph.D., professor of biology at the University of Central Oklahoma, as one of the winners of its 2020 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence Award. The award honors five outstanding educators in Oklahoma’s public schools. The awards will be presented at the foundation’s 34th annual Academic Awards Banquet May 16 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

“David’s dedication to teaching, his students and his discipline are laudable.  We are proud of David and the recognition this award brings him.  Our students are the true winners when they have the privilege to be taught by him,” said Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar, UCO president. 

Bass is a leading expert in aquatic invertebrates and teaches courses ranging from beginning biology and ecology to invertebrate zoology and aquatic entomology. Most courses Bass teaches involve field studies where students make observations in nature. Bass instructs students to “get out of their human skin” and imagine they are the organisms being studied to gain a greater understanding of organisms and their environment. He also coaches Centrals’ competitive sailing team.

Other winners of the Medal for Excellence and their award categories include: Michelle Rahn, a sixth-grade Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teacher at Will Rogers Junior High in Claremore, Oklahoma (elementary teaching); Shelley Self, an art teacher at Coweta High School, in Coweta, Oklahoma (secondary teaching); Chuck McCauley, superintendent of Bartlesville Public Schools in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (elementary/secondary school administration); and, Edralin Lucas, Ph.D., professor of nutritional sciences at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma (research university teaching).

Each of the five winners will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a glass “Roots and Wings” sculpture, designed by the late Oklahoma artist Ron Roberts and produced by Artistic Glass Studio of Edmond, Oklahoma.

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Cutline: The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has named David Bass, Ph.D., professor of biology at the University of Central Oklahoma, as one of the winners of its 2020 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence award. The award honors five outstanding educators in Oklahoma’s public schools.