Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Kristian M. Hargadon ’01 was recently selected the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Recognition in Science Education (RISE) Award for the University/College Faculty category. The award is presented annually to a single university/college science faculty member in the state of Virginia. Dr. Hargadon’s award resulted from his nomination by former student and research collaborator Osric Forrest ’12, who is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Immunology Graduate Program at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. The Virginia Association of Science Teachers was formed in 1952 with the mission of promoting excellence in science teaching and learning in Virginia. The organization continues to thrive today with over 1100 members across the state.