The Stephen H. Weiss Awards were announced on Oct. 18 with the aid of President Martha E. Pollack in a file to the Cornell University Board of Trustees. Cornell has identified eight college individuals for excellence in coaching undergraduate students and contributions to undergraduate training at the university. The eight awardees were unanimously encouraged by using a spread committee composed of six college individuals and students, who considered 37 prominent nominees.
“The Weiss Awards are the best honors Cornell confers for remarkable teaching,” Pollack said. “Committed, enticing, and energizing, those instructors exemplify Cornell’s precedence on educational verve.” Three faculty individuals were identified with Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowships, honoring tenured school contributors who have sustained facts of effective, inspiring, and prominent teaching and contributions to undergraduate schooling. Three professors obtained Stephen H. Weiss Junior Fellowship Awards, recognizing early-profession tenured college, and two accepted Stephen H. Weiss Provost’s Teaching Fellowship Awards, honoring untenured school participants.
The Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellows are Tom Gilovich, Professor of Psychology; Kyle Shen, Professor of Physics; and Kim Weeden, Jan Rock Zubrow’s seventy-seven Professor of the Social Sciences.
• Gilovich’s coaching in social psychology and different courses has had a lasting and profound effect on college students who were professors of performance, psychology, and human development – or even country-wide protection and intelligence expert. His studies “make a specialty of regular human judgment: How do people examine what they and others are like, what the future has in save, and what activities inside the past ‘in reality suggest’?”
He is “a student who brings his expertise into the classroom in such an exciting, informative … and casual manner that scholars now not simplest research for the check – they understand, digest and use what they were exposed to of their everyday existence,” wrote a school member and former pupil in his letter of advice. “Great instructors do now not tell students what to assume; they help them learn how to assume. That is what Tom has achieved at Cornell for over 35 years.”
Gilovich has taught and suggested hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to small seminars, he has led big instructions in statistics and social psychology, every with greater than 100 students and frequently extra than two hundred. He presently serves as the Irene Blecker Rosenfeld Chair of Psychology.
• Shen joined the physics faculty in 2007 and taught numerous instructions, including an honors-degree Introductory Mechanics and Special Relativity course and Introductory Electromagnetism for Scientists and Engineers.
To extra efficaciously engage the four hundred-plus students within the electromagnetism path, Shen evolved several online resources, including an array of YouTube movies and pre-lecture questions, to reveal which topics required clarification. Students broadly praised Shen’s teaching as “inspiring, enthusiastic, engaging, and well-organized.”
As director of undergraduate studies in physics from 2016 to 2019, Shen intensified efforts to recruit female and underrepresented students to the major and added more than one innovation to the department consisting of a peer-advising application and a new senior thesis option.
Shen continues an active research software focused on the emergent digital and magnetic houses of quantum materials, especially unconventional superconductors and artificially engineered atomically skinny movies. His research institution has posted greater than 60 papers in leading journals. It holds more than one offer, such as those from the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the U.S. Department of Energy.