The UConn Chapter of the American Association of University Professors recognized four faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Science, including Dr. Harry Frank from the Department of Chemistry. The 2010 AAUP Excellence Awards were presented at a ceremony at the State Capitol on April 9th. Harry A. Frank, professor of biological and physical chemistry and a former associate dean of CLAS, was recognized for his research excellence. Frank’s research focuses on the class of biological pigments known as carotenoids. Carotenoids are long-chain, conjugated, pi-electron molecules, typified by ß-carotene and lycopene that provide an abundance of coloration in nature. “The AAUP has given peer awards for teaching research and service for many years. They were created at a time when there were few formal recognitions of excellence. With time, many other awards have been created but the AAUP awards have stood the test of time as peer initiated and peer approved,” said Ed Marth, executive director. -Article adapted from UConn Today