On the quads
The 2003 Quantrell Awards for Excellence
in Undergraduate Teaching went to five faculty members: history
associate professor Edward Cook, psychology and human-development
professor Susan Goldin-Meadow, geophysical-sciences assistant professor
Munir Humayun, PhD’94, virology professor Bernard Roizman,
and English language & literature associate professor Christina
von Nolcken. Based on student recommendations and awarded since
1938, the Quantrell may be the nation’s oldest undergraduate
A less formal way for students to measure teaching
excellence can be found at www.ratemyprofessors.com.
The Web site ranks professors, including 158 from Chicago, on “easiness,”
“helpfulness,” “clarity,” “overall
quality,” and even “hotness.” Seven Quantrell
winners are among the 44 “hot”
Chicago profs: Jean Comaroff, Gary Herrigel, Douglas R. MacAyeal,
Robert Richards, PhD’78, Mario Santana, Jonathan Z. Smith,
and William Veeder....
Although it won’t reveal how hot professors
are, a Web site created last year, courseadvice.uchicago.edu,
groups together other tools for choosing classes.
New is an online syllabus database. Some professors post syllabi
on a course’s Chalk site, an online forum open only to students
in the class. Now those syllabi can be viewed in a Chalk database
open to all students. Eventually the site will automatically link
course-catalog descriptions and time-schedule information to evaluations
Clarisse Mesa, AB’03, is the first student
ever to rank in five University track &
field all-time records. She holds the 3,000-meter steeplechase
record, is sixth in the 800-, 5,000-, and 10,000-meter runs, and
is eighth in the 1,500-meter run. Mesa plans to teach secondary-school
English in Philadelphia through Teach for America. She told the
Maroon she’ll continue to run, in part because boyfriend
Tom Haxton, ‘04, “said it’s over if I ever become
a fitness jogger.”...
No mere fitness jogger himself, Haxton and Patrick
Sullivan, ‘04, won All-American awards
at the May NCAA Division III outdoor track & field championships.
Haxton won the award—given to the top eight in each event—for
both the 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs, and Sullivan won for
the 1,500-meter run. The two scored 12 points total, placing Chicago
23rd out of 71 teams.