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January 9, 2012

Twice as Nice! La Salle University Professor William Price Honored a Second Time for His Commitment to Teaching and Humanity

For someone not used to the spotlight, La Salle University Professor William Price has been in it quite a bit lately. In 2011, he was presented with the Lasallian Distinguished Educator Award by the University and recently was recognized for a similar award, the Distinguished Lasallian Educator, by the Christian Brothers’ District of Eastern North America (DENA).

“I am very honored and humbled by this award and certainly not used to the attention,” said Price, Professor and Chair of the Chemistry Department at La Salle.

Price and two other educators at Christian Brothers’ schools in DENA were honored for their dedication to the Lasallian missions.

In presenting the award, DENA officials said they “recognized Bill’s passion for issues that exhibit his humanity and his deep concern for our world and man’s place in it. One gets a sense of this by looking at the courses he’s taught and developed. He regularly teaches Organic Chemistry and has developed courses in “Ethical Issues in Modern Science,” “Environmental Ethics,” and “The Ethical Brain.” His current research has included a collaborative effort with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. All of this seems to suggest a man in continuous pursuit of an answer to a question that combines science and religion. The question: What makes us human? He invites students in that pursuit and invariably suggests to them they have an obligation to give back, a concept that La Salle University students hear frequently.”

Last year, Price received La Salle University’s Lasallian Distinguished Educator Award, given to an individual who honors the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Christian Brothers (the order that founded the University), and the patron saint of teachers.

In 2007, Price received La Salle’s first Brother Scubilion Rousseau Justice Award, given to honor La Salle faculty or staff members who affect social change and understand their roles in creating a more just world.

Price earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from The College of Wooster, and a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park.