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Horn Lectureship

Kathy Straub, Ph.D.Kathy Straub, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences


This year’s recipient of the Horn Lectureship earned her Ph.D. from Colorado State University at Fort Collins and joined the Susquehanna University faculty in 2002. An atmospheric scientist, her field of research focuses on intraseasonal variability of the tropical atmosphere, particularly the initiation of the Madden-Julian Oscillation. She has been well published in leading journals such as the Journal of Climate, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society and others. Her work is supported through National Science Foundation grants.

Straub teaches Weather and Climate, Introduction to Meteorology, Tropical Climate and Climate and Global Change. She is very involved in many sustainability initiatives on campus including an environmental audit, greenhouse gas inventory and she was instrumental in developing the Sustainability Committee. A nominator noted “More than anything, I think her leadership on sustainability and environmental issues on campus has transformed [campus] thinking. Commitments to LEED certified buildings, recycling programs, the Sustainability House, and conversion to cleaner energy sources are just some of the ways that the campus has been changed by her leadership...”

Teaching Award

Maria Munoz, Ph.D.Maria Munoz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History

This year’s recipient earned her Ph.D. in Latin American History with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona. She came to Susquehanna University in 2009. Her research and teaching interests include social movements, race, ethnicity, identity construction and nation-state building all in the context of Latin America.

Munoz is the author of a number of articles, has co-edited the volume, Men of the People: The Presidencies of Lazaro Cardenas and Luis Echeverria and is working on a book manuscript.She has also been a leader for the GO New Orleans trip and will be accompanying students to Sevilla, Spain, this summer.

According to her nominators, “her classroom is an exciting place where students are ready to discuss difficult ideas and put their own stamp on those ideas.” She knows how to captivate students and to connect them with the larger community through exhibitions like the annual Dia de Muertos display in the library or the Latin American Treasure hunt competition organized with colleagues across several universities. As her student says: “she encourages me outside the classroom to strive for success. She is a wonderful scholar, role model, and mentor.”

Architectural image of a building at Susquehanna University

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