Thomas F. Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy
Elly Vandegrift, senior instructor of biology and associate director of the Science Literacy Program, is recognized for her constant and astonishing dedication to education in the Department of Biology and the science literacy program. In the words of department head Bruce Bowerman, “Eleanor is bringing us together to explicitly and deliberately focus on how we can systematically improve both our curriculum and our approaches to teaching.”
Vandegrift has attained national prominence through her participation in conferences and institutions that focus on promoting more effective science education at the college level. Notably, she was elected to be both a National Academies Fellow and a mentor in the life sciences, a PULSE (Partnership in Undergraduate Life Sciences Education) ambassador.
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Williams Fellowship Award
We are delighted to announce that Science Literacy Program Associate Director Elly Vandegrift has been selected by the University as one of two Williams Fellows for 2016-17. Nominated by their peers, Williams Fellows are selected for their commitment to undergraduate education and their devotion to creating engaging and academically challenging learning experiences.
The fund was endowed by Tom and Carol Williams in 1995, and has awarded more than 80 grants to faculty in various disciplines since 1996. All Williams Fellows receive a $5,000 award and a $5,000 award to their home department to acknowledge and support their efforts.
We join the university in celebrating Elly’s transformative impact on undergraduate science teaching at UO, and on integrating local science communication efforts with national efforts. We look forward to many more years of her SLP stewardship!
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Thomas F. Herman Award for Excellence in Pedagogy
Judith Eisen, Co-Director of the Science Literacy Program, has been awarded the 2015 Thomas F. Herman Award for Excellence in Pedagogy awarded to a senior UO faculty member who has “demonstrated outstanding achievement and expertise” in pedagogy, for excellence in her own teaching, and her work directing the Science Literacy Program and the positive impact the program has had on thousands of students at the UO.
2017 Tykeson Teaching Award
Scott Fisher (physics), is one of three recipients of the 2017 Tykeson Teaching Award. Fisher’s energy for teaching and passion for astronomy has been described as being comparable to “a shock wave from a supernova.” He was recognized for his genuine—and infectious—enthusiasm. Many students have ranked Fisher as among the best professors they’ve had, noting how his energy infuses the classroom and keeps them engaged.
Fisher leads work at UO’s Pine Mountain Observatory with similar gusto, improving its capabilities as a research and public-education resource while leading a growing undergraduate research program there.
Mark Lonergan, a professor in physical and materials chemistry, was awarded the 2016 Tykeson Teaching Award. Lonergan is known for his innovative approaches to capturing the attention of students. One step he has taken includes engaging students outside of the classroom via a series of 15-to-20-minute YouTube videos illustrating various scientific principles that students can watch at their own pace.
Lonergan was also recognized for his prowess at teaching some of the department’s most difficult courses with great success in addition to being a highly regarded and accomplished chemist.