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Ed Burger named finalist for Cherry Teaching Award

Aug. 26, 2009

Dr. Edward B. Burger, a mathematics professor at Williams College, has been named a finalist for the prestigious Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching at Baylor University. Dr. Burger will visit Baylor University from October 25-28, 2009; further details are forthcoming on his lectures.

Professor Burger has taught mathematics at Williams College since 1990. Since that time, he has been honored with numerous teaching awards, including the 2007 Award of Excellence from Technology & Learning magazine, the 2006 Reader's Digest "100 Best of America" as Best Math Teacher, and the 2006 Lester R. Ford Award, the 2004 Chauvenet Prize and the 2001 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College Teaching of Mathematics, all from the Mathematical Association of America.

He is the author or co-author of more than 30 research articles and 21 books and CD-ROM texts, including The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking; Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas; and Extending the Frontiers of Mathematics: Inquiries into Proof and Argumentation. He also is an associate editor for The American Mathematical Monthly and a member-elect of the editorial board for Math Horizons.

Burger also has written and appeared in number of educational videos, including the 24-lecture video series, "Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers" and "An Introduction to Number Theory." From 2005-2007, he served as a mathematics adviser for the "NUMB3RS in the Classroom Project," with CBS-TV/Paramount Studios/Texas Instruments.