This year’s recipients of the School’s highest teaching honor are Paul Goldin, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Mark Goulian, Charles and William L. Day Distinguished Professor in the Natural Sciences in the Department of Biology. Created in 1983, the Ira H. Abrams Award recognizes teaching that is intellectually challenging and exceptionally coherent and honors faculty who embody high standards of integrity and fairness, have a strong commitment to learning, and are open to new ideas.
Goulian's teaching engages students in the complex interdisciplinary areas of his research, which, astonishingly, range from theoretical physics to experimental molecular biology and microbiology. His students admire his energy and enthusiasm, his ability to engage them and explain difficult concepts, and his welcoming manner and approachability. His department chair reflects, "It takes true teaching talent and depth of knowledge to bring it all together and have the students come to an appreciation of the common thread of biological processes rather than seeing biology as a complex collection of a million facts. Clearly, Professor Goulian succeeds at this."