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Edward Burger Wins Cherry Award for Great Teaching

February 4, 2010

Edward Burger (Williams College) is awarded the 2010 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.

He bested two other outstanding finalists to win $200,000. As part of the award, Burger will teach mathematics at Baylor University in the fall of this year.

Acknowledging his award, Burger said, "Now more than ever, our country is ready to begin a critical and honest discussion on the core tenets of education, which in my opinion include inspiring minds, fostering creative thinking and changing lives; and to consider imaginative means by which to realize these important goals."

Lance Littlejohn, Baylor's mathematics department chair, said, "Ed Burger is, quite simply, a teaching phenomenon. ... Taking a class from Ed Burger will, I am certain, be a positive experience that our students will never forget."

Burger is the author or co-author of more than 30 research articles and 20 books. He has been honored with the MAA's Lester R. Ford Award (2006); the Chauvenet Prize (2004); and the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College Teaching of Mathematics (2001), among numerous awards.

Burger can be seen on "The Science of the Olympic Winter Games" in the "Mathletes" segment, in which he discusses the mathematics in the Olympic Games.

Sponsored by Baylor University, the Cherry Award, given every two years, was created in 1991 to recognize exceptional teachers. For more, see the Math in the News item "Ed Burger Is Finalist for Top Teacher Prize" (12/03/09).

Source: Baylor University (January 14, 2010)

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