Meera Chandrashekar, alumna of Udupi college, wins US Great Teaching award


Meera Chandrashekar, alumna of Udupi college, wins US Great Teaching award

Washington, Jan 19 (IANS): India-born Meera Chandrasekhar, professor of physics and astronomy and Curator's Teaching Professor of Physics at the University of Missouri, has won Baylor University's 2014 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.

Chandrasekhar earned her BSc degree in physics and mathematics from MGM College, Udupi in 1968.

Chandrasekhar will receive the $250,000 award and an additional $25,000 for the physics department at the University of Missouri. She is expected to teach in residence at Baylor, a top Texas Christian University, during the spring 2015 semester.

"Baylor University is very pleased to honour Dr. Chandrasekhar with Baylor's 2014 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching," said Elizabeth Davis, executive vice president and provost at Baylor, announcing the award.

"Dr. Chandrasekhar is an internationally known teacher/scholar who combines an impressive academic record with a stellar reputation for the extraordinary impact she has had on undergraduate and graduate students," she said.

"I am deeply honoured to learn that I will receive the 2014 Robert Foster Cherry Award, and I am humbled to join the illustrious group of teacher scholars who received the award before me," Chandrasekhar said.

She earned her master's degrees in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras in 1970 and Brown University in 1973.

She earned a PhD in physics from Brown University in 1976. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Max-Planck-Institut in Germany, she joined the University of Missouri faculty in 1978.

Chandrasekhar's teaching and research has been recognized with many honours, including the 2006 President's Award for Outstanding Teaching from the University of Missouri.

She was honoured in 2002 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology. She received an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 1985 and was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1992.

She also received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the National Science Foundation in 1998.

Chandrasekhar visited the Baylor campus in October 2013 to present her Cherry finalist lecture on "Blind to Polarization: What Humans Cannot See."

In that public lecture, she took students, faculty and staff on a hands-on journey that explored polarization by using natural phenomena as well as modern-day applications, ranging from 3D movies to engineering design.

  

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  • N G Adiga, NEELAVARA

    Tue, Mar 11 2014

    Gururaj Sheshagiri Rao, Meera Candrapal are the ideal and exemplary students(1964PUC batch) from MGM College.Such hard working brilliant and honest students hardly need any Tax Payers help. On the other hand, they are capable of gifting us and the whole world by their brilliance.
    I too am proud to be their classmate in the MGM College Udupi. They are always an inspiration to me.664

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  • Meera Chandrasekhar, Columbia, MO USA

    Wed, Jan 22 2014

    Thank you all, for your encouraging and congratulatory words. I always loved teaching, and did stuff that I liked - I am fortunate and honored to be recognized thus. I see the names of several friends and neighbors in these comments - thank you all!

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  • Shirley, USA

    Tue, Jan 21 2014

    Congratulations. Excellent achievements on so many levels.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Mon, Jan 20 2014

    Congratulation to Meera Chandrasheksr for winning the prestigious award of US Great Teaching Award.Real name to MGM College too, as she was the old student of this college.All the best.Thanq.

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  • Alwyn, Canada

    Mon, Jan 20 2014

    Only US and Europe does such a wonderful job in recognisation the employees, and fellow citizens of their hard work and achievement. People work in the Gulf no respect for the employees for even work for the same company 25 years of services forget about citizenship of that land. So sad, but only one can feel proud in western nations of appreciation of our hard work. I lived here 25 years always prospered and recognized by my employers as well as my business succeeded just because of the clean govt work without any troubles or any terrorism asking for hafta money. SO proud to be here in a western nation without fear with full freedom of life, justice. God bless these nations forever

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  • leslie fernandes, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 19 2014

    Udupi has gifted many outstanding teachers to the world...Some seen, some honored, but many unheard by the wider world...We also had Rufina teacher, Mulil teacher and Akku the great who suffered all along her life...I am grateful to all teachers of Udupi including Srisha Achar, Laxman Raya Prabhu, Mebhi teacher...
    Love them all..
    Service without expectations...
    Some of them even cleaned our bums...
    My eyes are watering...

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  • maxy, kinnigoly/mumbai.

    Sun, Jan 19 2014

    CONGRATULATIONS & FEEL PROUD OF AN INDIANS ACHIEVEMENTS.

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  • Wilson Mark, Muscat

    Sun, Jan 19 2014

    Congrats

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  • Alex Sequeira, HayagreevaNagar - Manipal

    Sun, Jan 19 2014

    Congratulations Meera. We are all so proud of you. An example of great achievements couched in humility. Look forward to many more awards. MGM, Manipal-Udupi, and India salute you.

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  • William, Bantwal

    Sun, Jan 19 2014

    Congrats to teacher! It takes great zeal & courage learn and teach them in the class. It requires a hard work. Best of luck.

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  • Ronald Kamath, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 19 2014

    Congratulations to you Meera Chandrapal.

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  • ajitha, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 19 2014

    Congrats.... But cannot understand why people press DISAGREE for this atleast!!

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  • Krishna Kant, Mangalore/Moodbidri

    Mon, Jan 20 2014

    ajitha, Udupi... because they are brainless, don't know the difference of agree and disagree.
    Dear friends Americans respect and honorable person like Ma'am Meera but not a fraud like devyani khobragade.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Sun, Jan 19 2014

    Meera, Your achievements have really made us proud. Congratulations,keep our country's flag flying high.

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  • Susan Kamath, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 19 2014

    Congratulations Meera! Always knew that you would shine. Feel privileged to have been associated with you. Wish you many more laurels in future.

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  • Eula Pinto, Mangalore/Muscat

    Sun, Jan 19 2014

    Congratulations, Ms.Chandrashekar on winning this prestigious award. Great achievement. Very proud to go thru your awards list, efforts and the befitting rewards. Wish you further success. Good luck.

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  • Suleman, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 19 2014

    Great achievements. Will be remembered forever for the lessons learned from her, the knowledge gained through her.
    Congrats for her achievement as well proud to know being from my native.

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  • Ramesh, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 19 2014

    While congratulating this brilliant teacher, I sadly note that graduates of India's top institutes prefer to work abroad.All resources used for their studies in their homeland either in IIT or IIM's is from taxpayers money.Government should think seriously on this matter.

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  • Arjun, India

    Sun, Jan 19 2014

    America nurtured her abilities to flourish and accomplish. first create an unbiased environment where intellectuals and good teachers can flourish and excel in their activities. There are many good teachers out there, not awarded or recognized due to variety of reasons.

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  • Raghu Poojary, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 20 2014

    Ramesh, Mangalore YOU MEAN TO SAY THAT CHILDRENS ARE STUDYING ON TAXPAYERS MONEY?

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  • Ram Shetty, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 20 2014

    Ramesh, Mangalore are you out of your mind? do you know how much we are spending for our kid's study? Bloody 16'00000.00 for my daughters MBA. do you think govt or the taxpayer is paying for her studies? Think before you write.

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  • Jayagopal Padiyar, Byndoor/Kuwait

    Mon, Jan 20 2014

    Congratulations! Always knew that you would shine. Feel highly privileged to be in the same college during your time a year junior to you to be inspired by your achievements then. You proved. Wish you all the best.

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