Professor Supapan Seraphin of the UA department of materials science and engineering is this week's recipient of the Ben's Bells award. Seraphin received her Ben's Bell on Jan. 21 while she was in the kitchen of UA's Maricopa residence hall preparing her famous Thai lunch for students.
As students and guests bustled around the kitchen, helping prepare more than 60 pounds of rice, chicken, tofu and veggies, and Seraphin stirred a giant pot of chicken curry, Ben's Bells co-founder Jeanette Maré walked in and presented Seraphin with the bell in recognition of the care and kindness Seraphin brings to her students and colleagues.
Seraphin said she was "super surprised" by the unexpected honor. "I'm extremely happy and grateful for the recognition of what I do for fun," she said. "I am happy when students eat healthy and enjoy a little community."