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(Boston, Mass.) – Jeffrey J. Henderson, the dean of Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), has announced the recipients of the College’s three annual teaching excellence awards. Selected by an advisory committee comprised of CAS associate deans, faculty, and students, the Gitner Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Neu Family Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Frank and Lynne Wisneski Award for Excellence in Teaching were presented on Wednesday, April 9, 2003, to Professors John Straub, Diane Meuser, and Curtis Runnels respectively, in recognition of their outstanding educational achievements. They will be presented formally on Class Day, May 17, in front of students and colleagues.
Professor John Straub, an associate chairman of the Chemistry Department, received the 2003 Gitner Award for Distinguished Teaching, endowed by Gerald Gitner (CAS’66), as a result of his dedication to the improvement of academic programs in Chemistry and in the Core Curriculum. Diane Meuser, an associate professor of mathematics and statistics, was honored with the 2003 Neu Family Award for Excellence in Teaching, endowed by Richard Neu (CAS’61) and his family, as a result of her enthusiastic commitment to providing her students with effective instruction in mathematics both in and outside the classroom. Professor Curtis Runnels, a member of the Archaeology Department, received the 2003 Frank and Lynne Wisneski Award for Excellence in Teaching, endowed by Frank and Lynne Wisneski, parents of Corey Wisneski (CAS’99), as a result of his outstanding contributions to his department’s curriculum. Citations, as well as a cash prize drawn from endowed funds supported by generous donations of the naming benefactors, were also presented to the award winners.
Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. The University offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.