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Mathematician Receives National Teaching Prize

Mathematician Receives National Teaching Prize
AUSTIN, Texas—Mathematics Professor Michael Starbird of The University of Texas at Austin received a 2007 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

The award is given to three college or university teachers from the MAA’s membership of 27,000 who are widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have influence beyond their own institutions.

Starbird received the award on Jan. 6 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans for being creative, articulate, indefatigable and an eloquent communicator and promoter of mathematics.

Starbird has taught thousands of students during his 32 years with the university, and he has reached out to countless others through his teaching videos, which appear in the Great Courses series offered by The Teaching Company.

He is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor and has received many other teaching awards, including the Jean Holloway Award, the Friar Society Centennial Teaching Fellowship and the Minnie Stevens Piper Professorship. He was associate dean for the College of Natural Sciences from 1989-1997.

With Edward Burger of Williams College in Massachusetts, Starbird co-authored an award-winning mathematics textbook for non-majors, “The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking,” and the popular mathematics book, “Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas.”
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