Innovative teaching is recognized

March 29, 2017

Congratulations to Learning Lab faculty partner Elena Kramer on receiving the 2016 Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching. Over the past two years, Kramer worked with Bok Center Media, Literacy, and Visualization Fellows Morgan Furze and Claire Meaders to develop creative assignments for her course.

Elena Kramer, chair of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Bussey Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Martin Nowak, professor of mathematics and biology and director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, have been named the 2016 recipients of the Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Made possible by a generous gift from Gardner Hendrie ’54 and consisting of a $10,000 personal award and $40,000 in unrestricted support for teaching and research, the Fannie Cox Prize recognizes exceptional teaching in introductory science courses. A committee comprised of faculty members from across the sciences, including previous awardees, recommends recipients based on their ability to inspire students, instill in them a passion for science, and effectively communicate complex ideas. The winners are selected by Jeremy Bloxham, dean of science and professor of geophysics and computational science...

“It was a really lovely surprise [to receive this award],” Kramer said. “I was particularly honored because I was nominated by students and TAs. This is a terrific program and I deeply appreciate the generosity of Gardner and Karen Hendrie, who understand the importance of emphasizing our commitment to undergraduate education in science.

“I have to say that in most of my courses, I work closely with co-instructors, especially Missy Holbrook in OEB 52, so I feel like I have to share this honor with them,” she added. “In addition, we have been making more and more use of the Bok Center, particularly the Media Fellows program, to bring more creative aspects into our science courses, which has really enriched these experiences. I haven’t decided what I will do with the extra support. One day I would like to work with Professor Holbrook to develop a Gen Ed course on modern agriculture, but that will have to wait until I’m done with this tour of duty as chair.”