2008 Recipient - Barry Price
Department of Earth Sciences
Barry Price is best described as the guy behind the scenes. Beginning his career at Western in 1970 as a technical staff member in the Department of Geophysics, his duties involved support of undergraduate and graduate students, other staff and faculty in the general area of electronics.
For 37 years, Price has been the dependable, reliable, patient and cheerful ‘technical specialist in the Department of Earth Sciences. He has seldom been in the limelight yet has been the backbone of teaching support in the department for many years.
His education-related roles include keeping the teaching microscopes in working order; solving emergencies related to audio/video equipment in classrooms; and maintaining graduate and undergraduate computer laboratories.
“Barry has a very quiet personality but he is a very dedicated conscientious, tireless worker. He never complains about anything and is willing to put in long hours when the need arises,” says Professor Emeritus Bob Mereu. “It is people like Barry that keep the wheels of the department turning.”
While Price’s work might appear to involve inanimate things, such as computers, it is interaction with the people who work with these instruments that sets him apart.
"I can always call Barry with a problem knowing that he has the experience and know-how to resolve it, and that he will always accomplish this with a smile,” says Earth Sciences professor Cam Tsujita.
Fellow professor Kristy Tiampo says two qualities stand out from her interactions with Price.
“The first is his patience and persistence - he treats every task with the same level of professionalism, no matter how big or how small, and sticks with it until it is complete,” she says. “The second is the professionalism and respect that he demonstrates in dealing with everyone, from students to visiting lecturers to faculty members and department chairs.
by Paul Mayne
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