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06/17/91

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Three win Gores awards for teaching excellence

STANFORD -- Douglas D. Osheroff, professor of physics; Kelley M. Skeff, associate professor of medicine; and Ami E. Radunskaya, doctoral candidate in the department of mathematics, won Stanford University's Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The awards were conferred June 16 at Stanford's 1991 commencement exercises.

Osheroff, who came to Stanford from AT&T Bell Labs in 1987, has taught large undergraduate physics classes for pre-med, engineering and science students.

"He is one of Stanford's best examples of the irreplaceable teacher/scholar: His brilliance in science is being transferred in a caring, loving way to a new generation of scientists," wrote Steve Chu, chairman of the physics department, in his nominating letter.

Osheroff was cited "for being one of Stanford's best examplars of the fusion between scholarship and teaching."

Skeff was honored for creating a national program for the development of clinical teaching. Selected medical faculty take a one-month course at Stanford, then return to their institutions and conduct teaching-improvement seminars. So far, 68 faculty from 47 institutions have gone through the program and trained more than 500 other medical faculty.

Skeff, who directs residents and interns in the Internal Medicine Training Program, also was recognized for his "commitment to advancing the abilities of students and teachers alike," and "for an ability to find the last kernel of humor and energy in even the most exhausted of house staff."

Radunskaya was cited for her pioneering work in the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Achievement Program at Stanford, an honors section targeted at talented minority students who might not choose careers in science and engineering because of difficulties with math.

She was honored for her energy and enthusiasm as well as "for the countless hours she spent working individually with her students until each one found the confidence needed to succeed in calculus."

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