Professor of Physics, Jim Valles, has been awarded the Philip J. Bray Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Physical Sciences. The Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards recognize Brown faculty members for sustained and continued excellence in teaching. The award is named for past faculty members recognized for their teaching achievements. 

Professor Valles is an experimental condensed matter physicist. He studies superconductivity and electron correlation effects in disordered metals and nanostructures. He also investigates the effects of strong magnetic fields in cell biology and bio-polymerization.