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Francis wins highest campus honor for teaching

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Matthew Francis
Matthew Francis

Associate Professor of Chemistry Matthew Francis has been selected as a recipient of the UC Berkeley 2009 Distinguished Teaching Award. Along with the four other recipients, Francis will be honored in a public ceremony on April 22 in the Zellerbach Playhouse at 5:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the foyer of the playhouse.

The Award is the highest honor for teaching excellence presented by the Berkeley campus. Francis joins a long list of College of Chemistry faculty who have won the award, including most recently Jeff Reimer (2003) and Carolyn Bertozzi (2001). For a full list see the chemistry awards web page.

In 2006, Francis won The Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, given annually to a faculty member in the physical sciences who has "demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching, including curriculum development."

Says Francis, "It is truly an honor to receive this award. Berkeley students are absolutely great — their enthusiasm and ambition really keep all of us going."

The four other winners of the 2009 Distinguished Teaching Award are:

Maximilian Auffhammer, Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and International and Area Studies;

Mitchell Breitwieser, Professor of English;

Goodwin Liu, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Boalt Hall School of Law;

Andrew Stewart, Nicholas C. Petris Professor of Greek Studies, History of Art.

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