Congratulations Dr. Xia Zhao for receiving the Dean and Tracy Priddy Dean’s Notable Scholar Award. The Dean’s Notable Scholar Award is a competitive one and is aimed at high research potential tenured/tenure-track faculty who are in the middle stages of their respective careers and who have already distinguished themselves based on their research. The support provided by the program offers tangible recognition to awardees and encouragement to others. An important strategic objective of the program is to help retain top assistant and associate professors and reward them for work well done. The award carries the title, Dean and Tracy Priddy Dean’s Notable Scholar (in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Priddy) and a monetary sum of $5,000 per year for each year covered by the award.