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Tom Dasher and Mary Niedrach

Tom Dasher and Mary Niedrach, the 2018 winners of Berry’s Martindale Awards.

Mary Finley Niedrach (75A, 97G) and Dr. Tom Dasher are renowned by students and respected by colleagues, so it was fitting to see them recognized with Berry’s 2018 Martindale Awards of Distinction. These honors are presented annually to those who promote continuous improvement, implement innovative approaches to problem-solving and inspire others to extraordinary achievement. Both 2018 recipients are retiring this year, Niedrach after 25 years as a kindergarten teacher at Berry Elementary and Middle School, Dasher after 18 years as college provost and later department chair of English, rhetoric and writing. Read more.

Other faculty and staff members honored for excellence this spring include:

  • Dr. Ron Taylor, professor of mathematics, Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award
  • Dr. Casey Dexter, assistant professor of psychology, Dave and Lu Garrett Award for Meritorious Teaching
  • Dr. Lauren Heller, associate professor of economics, Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service to students and the college community
  • Dr. Tamie Jovanelly, associate professor of geology, Eleana M. Garrett Award for Meritorious Advising and Caring
  • Dr. Belinda Lady, lecturer in chemistry, SGA Faculty Member of the Year
  • Anna Sharpe, director of academic services, SGA Staff Member of the Year
  • Tom Harris, superintendent of beef operations, Rollins Center, John R. Bertrand Superior Student-Work Supervisor Award
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Chris Mowry sets up a trail camera on the Berry campus.

Chris Mowry sets up a trail camera on the Berry campus.

January brought national recognition for one faculty member in Berry’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences and notable media attention for another.

Professor Ron Taylor is a 2018 recipient of the nation’s top prize in college mathematics education, the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. Presented annually by the Mathematical Association of America, the award honors those “who have been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have influence beyond their own institutions.”

“On the list of people who have won are some very famous people in the mathematical community, lots of whom I look up to as mentors,” Taylor marveled in a Campus Carrier story. “It’s just amazing that I’m on the list with them.”

Taylor is one of three honorees this year, joining fellow recipients from the University of Northern Colorado and Lafayette College. You can see an example of his innovative teaching methods by watching the video above.

While Taylor is making his mark in the world of mathematics, Associate Professor of Biology Chris Mowry is once again in the media spotlight thanks to his work with the Atlanta Coyote Project, this time turning up in the pages of Atlanta Magazine. Click here to read more.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Associate Professor Ron Taylor has earned some of Berry’s most notable awards for his interactive teaching approach and willingness to use outside-the-box methods to inspire his students to get creative – literally – in developing solutions to difficult mathematical concepts. Now the local media is joining the chorus of praise. Recently, reporters at Atlanta’s NBC affiliate marveled at his latest teaching tool – origami. Click the video to learn more about how he’s helping students view mathematics in an entirely new way.

By Katherine Edmonds, philanthropic communications student writer

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Dr. Ron TaylorStudents who have passed through the mathematics department in recent years can tell you many things about Dr. Ron Taylor. Some will no doubt reference his “paper-throwing” ability in the physics lounge; others might laud his ability to build towering structures out of what look like Tinker Toys. All will describe a man who is both a national leader in the area of interactive learning and a committed classroom instructor. These qualities made Ron a natural choice for two of Berry’s most prestigious honors this spring, the Martindale Award of Distinction for Faculty and the Dave and Lu Garrett Award for Meritorious Teaching.

Numerous other members of the Berry community also received notable distinctions this spring (some of which were covered in the April issue of the Alumni Accent). It’s impossible to share all the names here, but we do want to hit some of the highlights:

• Becky McLarty, Martindale Award of Distinction for Staff
• Dr. Frank Stephenson, Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award for Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship and Service
Cecily Crow (94C), John R. Bertrand Superior (Student) Work Supervisor Award
• Dan T. Cathy and Terry A. Graham, Honorary Alumni

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