2010 Medal Winners | francais

The 2010 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics

is awarded to

Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin

"It is a great honour to receive the CAP Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Medal. I am humbled indeed to read the names of the past Medal recipients. I am infinitely grateful to Prof. Robert Hawkes who nominated me and to my family, friends, colleagues and students for their support." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2010 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics is awarded to Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin, Ryerson University, for her unceasing enthusiasm in engaging students to discover physics with a masterful integration of an array of successful teaching methods, for her influence on shifting institutional culture toward active learning, for her dedication to physics education research and her commitment to the continual professional development of physics educators across the nation. announcement

Marina Milner-Bolotin played key roles in the introduction of numerous innovative techniques for physics teaching and learning at two Canadian institutions, Ryerson University and the University of British Columbia. She has used peer response, computer integrated laboratories, video analysis, online tutorial systems, innovative homework approaches, and various classroom technologies including tablet PC's to support interactive lectures. Through numerous presentations at the local, national and international level she has shared her expertise with countless physics teachers, both at the university and high school levels. Her writing in publications such as The Physics Teacher reach an even larger number of teachers. Her students speak in superlatives about her commitment and her effectiveness as a teacher. As one of her former students wrote in support of her nomination "I have never encountered such a thoughtful, knowledgeable, interesting and dedicated teacher." She has given generously of her time in outreach to middle and high school students, through such programs as Scientists and Innovators in the Schools, leadership of a science demonstration, and various open house events including an architecture based demonstration exhibit. As well as university support for various teaching and learning initiatives, her physics teaching and learning initiatives have been supported by grants from various foundations, including currently a large Hewlett Packard Technology for Higher Education Grant. In addition to work with the Division of Physics Education of the Canadian Association of Physicists, she has been active in leadership roles with the AAPT, and the Ontario and British Columbia sections of the AAPT. She is a teacher who makes a true difference in the lives of her students, and a leader in the field of physics education who has made a difference in how many of us teach physics. nominator citation