Freericks, Sens Honored by President DeGioia

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October 24, 2017 — Two members of the Georgetown College faculty received prestigious awards from University President John J. DeGioia earlier this month.

Professor James K. Freericks of the Department of Physics and Professor Alexander Sens of the Department of Classics were awarded the President’s Awards for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers, which honor “individuals who have made an exceptional impact on our community through the integration of ambitious research and extraordinary student engagement.”

Freericks, who holds the Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt L.C.H.S. Chair in Physics, specializes in mathematical, condensed matter, and cold atomic physics. An accomplished researcher, he receives funding from various government agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Department of Energy. The College profiled his work last December.

Sens, the Markos and Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Professor of Hellenic Studies, is a literature specialist who focuses on Hellenic and Late Classical texts. He is a dedicated researcher, beloved teacher, and active member of the administration, having served as Chair of the University Committee on Rank and Tenure from 2005 to 2006 and from 2008 to 2009. His bibliography includes The Alexandra of Lycophron: A Literary Study (2016); Asclepiades of Samos: Epigrams and Fragments (2010); and Archestratos of Gela: Greek Cuisine and Culture in the Fourth Century BCE (2000).

For more on these awards, visit the President’s Office website. Congratulations to Professors Freericks and Sens!