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06/28/94

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Grad students honored for teaching abilities

STANFORD -- Twenty-eight Stanford University graduate students were recognized for their teaching abilities by being named 1994 Centennial Teaching Assistants at a luncheon June 11.

The program, now in its fifth year, was developed during the university's Centennial Campaign, and is funded by the Bing Teaching Fund. Each Centennial Teaching Assistant receives a $500 prize.

Each year about 30 graduate students are so recognized, from the three schools that teach undergraduates at Stanford: Earth Sciences, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences.

In luncheon remarks, John Shoven, dean of humanities and sciences said: "Graduate students are an essential part of undergraduate education, and one of the most important and obvious intersections of graduate and undergraduate education occurs when graduate students serve as teaching assistants.

"Already well along in their training, TAs serve as models of the scholarly life to undergraduates, as bridges between faculty and younger students, and as apprentice teachers in labs, discussions sections and reviews."

By school, the 1994 Centennial teaching assistants are (name, department or program, hometown):

Earth Sciences

Kai Anderson, geological and environmental sciences, La Grande, Ore.; Michele Cooke, geological and environmental sciences, Stanford; Robert Edwards, petroleum engineering, Stanford; Mark Fenoglio, geophysics, West Chester, Pa.; and Justin Hayes, earth systems, Stanford.

Engineering

Laura Chyung, materials science and engineering, Painted Post, N.Y.; Arjun Kapur, computer science, Palo Alto; Sunderarajan Mohan, electrical engineering, Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Jonathan Stone, aeronautics and astronautics, Wellington, New Zealand.

Humanities and Sciences

Karen E. Aschaffenburg, sociology, Concord, Mass.; Kenneth W. Berryman, physics, La Canada, Calif.; Kara Maureen Buckley, political science, Winchester, Mass.; Alan Bush, philosophy, Chicago; Sean Decatur, chemistry, Euclid, Ohio; Alejandro Farinas, physics, San Francisco; Jean Tze-Yin Pang Goyal, Los Altos; Elizabeth Hutchinson, art, Los Gatos; Andrew Kaufman, Slavic languages and literatures, North Muskegon, Mich.; Demetra Christine Lambros, music, Missoula, Mont.; Sonya Lyubomirsky, psychology, Palo Alto;

Traci Mann, psychology, Highland Park, Ill.; Christopher Pearson, art, Vancouver, B.C., Canada; Amanda Peet, physics, Stanford; Susan Shadle, chemistry, Palo Alto; John Shank, history, Palo Alto; Andrei Russel Straumanis, chemistry, Winter Park, Fla.; Sharon Thompson-Schill, psychology, Stanford; and Christopher Robert Way, political science, Newark.

In addition to naming the Centennial teaching assistants, Shoven also announced that five departments in Humanities and Sciences had received Centennial TA Grants for developing effective teaching methods and tools during 1993-94. The grants range from $1,422 to $2,2729. The departments receiving them were history, philosophy, physics, psychology, and Spanish and Portuguese.

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