Members Honored with Highest Awards

Professor Larry M. King (shown addressing the membership) and Professor Renate McLaughlin, both from the University of Michigan-Flint, were presented with the Michigan Section's Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics and for Distinguished Service, respectively, at the banquet during the 2000 annual meeting last May in Mt. Pleasant.

Larry was cited for, among other things, his work with pre-service elementary education students. The citation presented to him at the meeting is shown below.

Award for


Distinguished College or University

Teaching of Mathematics

presented to

Larry M. King

The Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America is pleased to announce that Larry M. King of The University of Michigan-Flint has been selected as the 1999-2000 recipient of the Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.
Professor King has been a member of the UM-Flint Mathematics Department since 1974, and he has always been intensely involved in teaching undergraduate mathematics. His university recognized his excellence as a classroom teacher in 1994 with the award of the UM-Flint Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching and again in 1995 with the award of the UM-Flint College of Arts and Sciences Special Merit Award for Teaching and Service..
Professor King has developed a style of cooperative learning in his own classrooms, and his students love it. With his students' support, he presented it to the whole department. Several of his colleagues tried it and wrote that it really helped them to improve their own teaching.
In 1995 a three-year $300,000 FIPSE project was awarded to UM-Flint and Mott Community College to develop mathematics and integrated sciences courses for pre-service elementary education students. Professor King was the principal author and director for this complex project, which involved three dozen individuals from UM-Flint, Mott CC, and the Flint Community Schools. The successful courses developed by the project now serve 300 pre-service teachers a year. Professor King has presented these ideas at several different conferences.

Comments from colleagues and students include the following:

"Larry's example and influence will be recognized and felt by many individuals for many generations." Matthew Wyneken, Nominator

"Larry is able not only to teach in a more exploratory way himself; he is also able to help others think through the challenges of examining their teaching." Glenda Lappan, Distinguished Professor, MSU

"He always took the time to guide me to discovery and I always left his office feeling really good about myself, and really enthusiastic about mathematics." Maria Uhler-Chargo, former student and current high school math teacher

The Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America is proud to be represented by dedicated teachers such as Larry M. King.

Renate has served the Michigan Section in many roles, including Chair. The citation presented to her at the meeting is shown below, and a photograph of her receiving the award is above.



Renate McLaughlin

for the



Distinguished Service Award

The Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America is very pleased to recognize Professor Renate McLaughlin as the 2000 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. We gratefully acknowledge the substantial contributions she has made to the Michigan Section and to the greater mathematical community.

Professor McLaughlin served on the Michigan Section Executive Committee from 1990 to 1993. During this time she was Vice Chair and Program Committee Chair (1990-91) and Chair (1991-92). She has served as the liaison between the Michigan Section and the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics from 1991 to the present, greatly enhancing communication and cooperation between collegiate mathematicians and mathematics teachers. She is completing a four-year term on the Examination Committee for the Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition (1996-2000), the last two years (1998-2000) as Chair. Renate has also served on several other Section committees, including the Nominating Committee, the Distinguished Service Award Committee, and the Michigan Mathematics Early Placement Test Committee.

Renate is currently Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan-Flint. During her 32 years at the Flint campus she has served the wider mathematics community effectively and tirelessly. Her scholarly work includes numerous research papers, books, and newsletter articles on the use of technology in teaching mathematics, and a chapter in the popular MAA book She Does Math!. She has served as a referee for several professional journals and a reviewer for both Mathematical Reviews and Zentralblatt. A popular speaker, Renate has given invited addresses at meetings of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics and contributed talks at numerous state and regional conferences. She has also participated in the High School Visiting Lecture Program sponsored by the Michigan Section and the Women And Mathematics lecture program and has been active in numerous science and mathematics programs in the Flint area.

For her many years of dedicated service and outstanding leadership, the Michigan Section is proud to present the

2000 Distinguished Service Award


Professor Renate McLaughlin

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