SWOSU Pair Honored with DaVinci Institute Awards


Tim Hubin          Jennifer Woodward
   Dr. Tim Hubin                                          Jennifer Woodard

Southwestern Oklahoma State University Associate Professor Dr. Tim Hubin has been named a 2012 DaVinci Fellow and SWOSU student Jennifer Woodard of Mustang has been named a 2012 DaVinci Scholar for the state of Oklahoma.

Hubin, who teaches in the SWOSU Department of Chemistry & Physics, joins four other faculty from across the state in receiving the award from The DaVinci Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing the Arts, Sciences, Humanities and Education in Oklahoma as these fields undergo transformations in the 21st century.

Woodard, an education student from Mustang who is currently doing her student teaching assignment at Lakehoma School in Mustang, will also be honored as one of five DaVinci Scholars and will receive a $3,000 cash stipend from DaVinci. The Scholars program was established in 2003 to recognize outstanding teacher education graduates from Oklahoma colleges and universities who exemplify their creative teaching methods through service learning and potential to influence their students.

Hubin and Woodard will be honored with other recipients of the 2012 DaVinci Awards at the annual banquet to be held March 23 at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. Dr. John Feaver, president of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, will deliver the keynote, “Just Where Does Creativity Belong?”

The DaVinci Fellows award was established in 2006. Acting on the premise that creative thought and insight are fundamental components of extraordinary scholarship across academic disciplines, this award recognizes higher education faculty whose accomplishments reflect a creative approach and a high degree of innovation to complex issues and have made a significant contribution to their academic discipline. At the banquet, each recipient will receive a monetary prize as well as a medallion which depicts Leonardo DaVinci’s Vitruvian Man.

Hubin has demonstrated a sustained creative insight into the design of useful transition metal complexes that has resulted in over 35 peer reviewed publications over the past decade or so. Although such publications are prized by academic researchers, Hubin is perhaps most proud of the potential utility of the novel synthetic molecules he and his research partners have created, resulting in eight patents, which detail how these compounds might be used in a variety of commercial contexts ranging from cleaning clothes to treating diseases to producing new types of materials.

In addition to Hubin, other Fellows are: Dr. Gary Grady, Connors State College; Tammy Davis, Northern Oklahoma College; Dr. Harbour Winn, Oklahoma City University; and Mark Zimmerman, University of Central Oklahoma.

In addition to Woodard, other Scholars are: Krystin Tavard, Oklahoma Christian University; Taylor Sawyer, Northeastern State University; Sarah DeToy, University of Central Oklahoma; and Mollie Reid, Oklahoma City University.