Professor Hazen receives Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

Dr. Robert Hazen, AOES Faculty member and Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, received this year’s “Outstanding Faculty Award“. The awards, given by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), “are the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. These awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service.”

Dr. Hazen has conducted innovative research into “mineral evolution” and the co-evolution of the geosphere and biosphere. Besides his geological research, Dr. Hazen has wide-ranging interests in science education, art, and music. His course UNIV 301 Great Ideas Science, reflects the broad scope of his interests. He wrote, with Mason professor James Tefil, the best sellingĀ Science Matters: Achieving Science Literacy, and other books. He also had a 40-year career as a professional trumpeter.

Dr. Hazen received his S.B. and M.S. in geology from MIT and his Ph.D. from Harvard. In addition to his Mason affiliation, he is a staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, DC.