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Sunday, April 6th, 2014 10:36 pm
I meant to share this earlier (and I don't think I already have), but I've been swamped. I'm still swamped, but I want to close some browser tabs. So here's my fifteen five three and a half minutes of fame in the Alma College student newspaper: Physics professor Jensen receives special recognition for effort inside, outside of classroom; students concur.

This was an award from one of our campus sororities, and I was truly touched when the student who nominated me repeated her nominating speech to the assembled group. She had good things to say about my physics teaching and my dedication to helping her and other students learn the subject and be successful, which was great. But the thing that she really appreciated most was the attention that I have given to women's issues in the classroom: I don't do a whole lot (and for the most part I don't even devote class time to it), but she said that I'm the only male teacher she's ever had (here or at her previous college before she transferred) who ever commented on those topics at all (without it being his actual academic specialty, anyway).

It's a shame that "this guy pays the slightest bit of attention" is enough to merit an award, but if doing my little bit is appreciated that much then I'm awfully glad to keep it up.

On a side note, I have no idea why there's a black and white photo accompanying this online article while the printed newspaper had a color one.
Monday, April 7th, 2014 08:10 am (UTC)
Cool! That was a really nice article and very well deserved. Thinking globally and acting locally to change the world one day at a time.

Monday, April 14th, 2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
I think you might be underestimating the impact of your small amounts of time. I know that your occasional posts here and on facebook have given me some food for thought, and forced me to look at some situations in a new light and direction. I believe I was always sensitive to these issues, but suffered from the ignorance of non-experience - but now I am sure I am still ignorant - but less so thanks to you.
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Chris. It really does mean a lot to hear that those tidbits really can make a difference, one little bit at a time.