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Summer 2010 (July 21, 2010 at 12:00 am)

Faculty Represent 'Beloit at its Best'


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July 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Two well-liked professors were recognized at an April celebration that highlighted the scholarly and creative academic achievements of Beloit College faculty and staff.

Daniel YoudKnown for his mastery of Chinese language and culture, advocacy for Asian Studies, and warm demeanor toward students, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures Daniel Youd has built a following of devoted students since he came to Beloit in 2002.

One student described Youd as an “all-round fantastic professor who manages to make a difficult subject consistently fascinating and rewarding.”

Youd was singled out for the 2009-10 James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. Given to Wisconsin faculty members by the Alliant Energy Foundation, and named for the company’s former CEO, the award is based on student nominations and the recommendation of Beloit’s Faculty Status and Performance Committee.

“Daniel is a superb professor,” wrote another student. “He isn’t afraid to be silly and creative for us in class on the spot, and we are always engaged and interested to learn what he is teaching …”

Daniel Youd represents “Beloit at its best,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Ann Davies when she announced the award.

George LisenskyGeorge Lisensky, a professor of chemistry at Beloit since 1980, was recognized for creatively leveraging technology to improve learning.

He received the Phee Boon Kang Prize for Innovation in Teaching with Technology for his work in authoring two substantial software packages, Kplot and Lab Reporter, which serve as the core of Chemistry 220 (Environmental, Analytical and Geochemistry).

“Kplot and Lab Reporter represent a significant advancement in the teaching of chemical equilibrium and thus the Chemistry 220 course,” says Kevin Braun’99, visiting assistant professor of chemistry. “These programs provide a one-of-a-kind resource that allows students to solve complex equilibrium problems and monitor the accuracy of their calculations. Ultimately, they allow students to look at real-world problems, expanding the applicability of the course to a wider range of students.”

This is the second time Lisensky has received the Kang Prize since it was established in 1997 by Phee Boon Kang’73, a Beloit College trustee.

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