2017 University Distinguished Faculty Award winner announcedBhaskara R. Jasti, professor in the Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry department of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Provost Maria Pallavicini surprised Bhaskara Jasti with the award announcement before a group of his colleagues at a School of Pharmacy faculty meeting.
Bhaskara R. Jasti, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has been named University of the Pacific's 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award winner. Maria Pallavicini, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, and Berit Gundersen, vice provost for Faculty Affairs, surprised Jasti with the award announcement before a group of his colleagues at a School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty meeting.
The University Distinguished Faculty Award is Pacific's highest faculty honor. It is given for outstanding accomplishments by a tenured faculty member in any or all of the following areas: teaching, research, creative endeavors and service to the University. Recipients of this award are nominated by colleagues and selected by the University Awards Committee. The award presentation will be made at Commencement. A list of previous recipients can be found here.
Jasti joined Pacific in 2001. He earned his bachelor of pharmacy in 1987 from Kakatiya University in Warangal, India and his master of pharmacy from Jadavpur University in Calcutta, India, in 1989. He earned his doctor of philosophy from University of the Pacific in 1995. In 2009, Jasti was named a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, the first at Pacific to receive this honor, as well as a Fellow of the Association of Biotechnology and Pharmacy. Jasti was also selected as Pacific's Faculty Research Lecturer in 2010 and as an Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar Award winner in 2005. In addition to his years of service as a faculty member, Jasti has served as associate provost for research and interim dean of graduate studies.
"Dr. Jasti is a dedicated teacher-scholar for whom students have always come first," Provost Pallavicini stated upon announcing the award. "He is an accomplished researcher whose enthusiasm for teaching and scholarship is recognized not only by his peers but across the university."