Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Richard Holman Receives MCS Award for Education
Richard Holman, professor of physics, received The Richard Moore Award for his "substantial and sustained contributions to the educational mission of MCS." He was recognized at the University Celebration of Teaching ceremony on April 21, and his accomplishments will be further celebrated at the Mellon College of Science annual meeting on May 3.
In his 22 years at Carnegie Mellon, Holman has taught more than 20 different courses, including developing an entire sequence of courses in astrophysics when he was asked to develop only one. In addition, he voluntarily provides full semester independent study courses for the many undergraduates who ask him, even if the topic is outside of his research field of particle physics theory. "It is his constant dedication to a better understanding of physics both for himself and his students that has had a profound impact on my education and my own dedication to understanding the physical world," wrote a former student in support of Holman's nomination. His students, whether undergraduates, high school students or K-12 teachers, can't say enough about his engaging and entertaining lectures: "Watching Professor Holman lecture is an experience like no other. His unique brand of wisdom and humor livens up any lecture." Perhaps his most enduring contribution is the profound and lasting influence he has had on his students. Many of his former students point to the rigor and depth of what they learned in Holman's classes as being critical for their success in upper level courses and even in graduate school. "He helped me grow as a physicist, even when I was no longer a student in his class," wrote a former student in a letter supporting Holman's nomination. She added, "Rich Holman was one of the most formative professors I worked with at CMU."
The Richard Moore Award recognizes faculty members who have made substantial and sustained contributions to the educational mission of the college, particularly faculty members whose educational contributions to the college have extended over a substantial portion of their academic careers.
By: Amy Pavlak, MCS