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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 2:07 pm, Sat Apr 19, 2014.

A Virginia Commonwealth University professor who researches superatoms and a Randolph-Macon College artist and mathematics professor are among 12 faculty members from Virginia selected as recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Faculty Award.

Shiv Khanna, a VCU professor of physics, is internationally recognized for his work on atomic clusters and nanoscale materials.

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Eve Torrence, a professor at Randolph-Macon who specializes in elementary mathematics education, has exhibited her mathematical sculptures at international juried shows.

The recipients, announced Wednesday, will be recognized Feb. 12 and receive a $5,000 check. The awards program is administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and underwritten by the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources.

Other winners are:

• Robert Bausch, a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College;

• Rita Chi-Ying Chung, a professor of counseling and development at George Mason University;

• Jasmin Darznik, an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Washington and Lee University;

• J. Emmett Duffy, a professor of marine science at the College of William and Mary;

• Stephen Edwards, an associate professor of computer science at Virginia Tech;

• Paul Hanstedt, a professor of English at Roanoke College;

• Erik Hewlett, a professor of medicine and microbiology, immunology and cancer biology at the University of Virginia;

• Olga Pierrakos, an associate professor of engineering at James Madison University;

• Laura Taalman, a professor of mathematics at JMU; and

• Frances Williams, an associate professor of engineering at Norfolk State University.

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