Two Purdue University Calumet professors have been honored as the university’s Outstanding Faculty Award recipients for the 2012-13 academic year.
The recipients are professor of physics Neeti Parashar, of Munster, who was named outstanding teacher and outstanding scholar, and associate professor of nursing Lynn Miskovich, of Schererville, who was recognized for outstanding service.
The awards are selected annually by faculty selection peer committees. Parashar has served on the PUC faculty since 2005, Miskovich since 1981.
Parashar, an expert in high energy physics, is part of the international group of physicist researchers who just last week received the Nobel Prize for Physics for the discovery of the Higgs Boson-like subatomic particle.
She engages her students in her research through a high energy particle physics experimental program. As an instructor in a field that frequently intimidates students, Parashar developed the course, The Origin of Everything,”which has become popular among nontechnical students in introducing them to scientific understanding of the universe’s origin.
“As a university professor, I believe that my primary job is to do the best for my students and bring out the best in them,” she said. “Despite Purdue Calumet being primarily a teaching institution, my students have had the opportunity to work and learn at world class laboratories and become witnesses to merit based and highly competitive research firsthand.”
Parashar holds baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Delhi (India).
Miskovich, lauded as a champion for vulnerable populations and the medically underserved in northwest Indiana, was instrumental in establishing the Catherine McCauley Clinic, which serves the uninsured. She is a member of its board of directors. She also has been active with the Sojourner Truth House in Gary for homeless and at-risk women and children.
Miskovich has developed numerous health education and health screening programs for indigent seniors and has partnered with the Northwest Indiana Area Health Education Center, bringing together students from various health care disciplines to deliver comprehensive health care at a La Porte clinic for indigent patients.
Professionally, she is an officer and a founder of the Society of Nurses in Advanced Practice in Northwest Indiana.
“I interpret this honor as a reaffirmation by the (PUC) administration and my colleagues to support faculty service outside the confines of the university and with vulnerable populations," she said. "This has motivated me to continue my current commitments and pursue additional service learning opportunities.”
Miskovich earned undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees at PUC, St. Xavier (Ill.) University and Valparaiso University.