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Monday, July 14, 2014

In the past couple of weeks, two of the University's four 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award recipients - both from Arts - have been featured on the UWaterloo homepage.

Professor Anindya Sen (Economics) and Professor Christina Vester (Classical Studies) were each named Distinguished Teacher this spring. Here are their recent profiles, published in Waterloo Stories.

Teaching excellence:
the economics of government policy

anindya sen with students in backgroundAnindya Sen’s long road to becoming a distinguished teacher at the University of Waterloo began in Kolkata, India.

Born in Saskatoon, Sen was visiting India when he saw an old man sitting in a plywood shelter topped with a single sheet of corrugated metal.

“The floor was nothing but mud,” recalled Sen, a professor in the Department of Economics. “I’d never seen this in Canada.” Curiosity overtook him. He wondered how the man survived. What did he eat? Why wasn’t the government doing more to help him?

Read the full story.
 

Teaching Ancient Greek with modern technology

Christina Vester in class teachingLearning an ancient language has never been easy but a Waterloo professor hopes the online tool she created helps bridge the divide between modern life and Ancient Greece.

Christina Vester, a professor in Waterloo’s Department of Classical Studies, says Ketos, a tool for first-year students of Ancient Greek, was designed to accompany the course textbook and focus on building competencies such as vocabulary, morphology, syntax and translation. The exercises have been used almost 30,000 times.

Read the full story.

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