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Dr. Richard Taylor honored with prestigious teaching award

Dr. Richard Taylor was among three UO faculty honored with the 2010 Thomas F. Herman Faculty Achievement Award for Distinguished Teaching. University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere congratulated Ken Calhoon, Richard Taylor and Mark Unno, and presented them with crystal apple trophies to denote the award. The apples are given to faculty members who have demonstrated long-standing excellence in teaching at the university. Nominations are made by faculty colleagues and students.

Dr. Taylor, a physics professor and member of SNNI, is known to use humor to make science interesting to students who otherwise would not find the subject compelling. One student wrote on a class evaluation, “This was my favorite course this term and I hate science.” He is an accomplished research scholar who chooses to devote time and talent to teaching lower division undergraduate students. Taylor also holds courtesy appointments in the UO art and psychology departments and is a member of the Materials Science Institute and the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences. Beyond campus, he mentors high school science teachers and regularly lectures around the state.

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Dr. Taylor receiving award

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