The headline says it all.  Congratulations!  Only downside for Williams: a semester sans Burger … lots of great quotes and information in the article, including:

“I am extremely honored and humbled to learn that I will receive the 2010 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching,” 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.  I hope that through Baylor University’s deep commitment to teaching, I will be able to add my voice to this important national conversation. I am also delighted and honored to be invited to join the Baylor community and look forward to collaborating with and getting to know the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Baylor University.”

Burger’s national reputation has allowed him to serve as a consultant for the “NUMB3RS in the Classroom Project” with CBS-TV/Paramount Studios/Texas Instruments and most recently with NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, on “The Science of the Olympic Winter Games.” The 16-part video series, which explores the science behind individual Olympic events, will air on the “Today Show” and throughout the 2010 Winter Olympics coverage on NBC-TV. Burger is featured in the “Mathletes” segment, in which he discusses the math found in the Olympic games. The series is available online at http://www.nbclearn.com/olympics.

Hornik said that although Burger’s main focus is on undergraduate education, the Williams professor also is concerned with math education on the secondary school level. In addition to teaching at Baylor in the fall, Burger plans to reach out to local schools and organizations to demonstrate his passion for mathematics and mathematical thinking.

“In fact, some Waco-area schools have used his math classroom video tutorials to great success,” Hornik said. “His love of mathematics will be felt by students and faculty at Baylor, as well as throughout the Waco community.”

Dr. Lance Littlejohn, chair of the department of mathematics at Baylor, said he and his colleagues look forward to Burger’s presence next fall among his department’s already award-winning faculty and undergraduates of all majors at Baylor.

“Ed Burger is, quite simply, a teaching phenomenon,” Littlejohn said. “He is immaculately organized and extremely articulate with an engaging personality. He has an uncanny ability of taking very difficult mathematics concepts and making them understandable to all students. It is well known that, in Ed’s classes, students are pumped with excitement when his class starts and, at the end of his lectures, they leave his classroom with an even higher feeling of exhilaration.

“I want our undergraduate non-math majors to experience him as a teacher and, equally important, I want our math majors to learn from him,” Littlejohn added. “Taking a class from Ed Burger will, I am certain, be a positive, indelible experience that our Baylor students will never forget.”

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