Scholars at Lafayette College and Virginia Tech Honored

Michelle Geoffrion-Vinci, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvnia, received the College/University Teacher of the Year Award from the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Professor Geoffrion-Vinci has taught at Lafayette since 1998.

A graduate of Wellesley College, Dr. Geoffrion-Vinci earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at Stanford University.

Kathy Lu, associate professor of material science and engineering at Virginia Tech, received the 2011 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. This honor allows professor Lu to spend a year conducting research at the Technische Universitat Darmstadt’s Institute for Materials Science in Germany.

Dr. Lu holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tianjin University in China. She earned a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in materials science engineering at Ohio State University.

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