2003 Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics
Steven Bleiler, Portland State University

Steve Bleiler is the quintessential teacher. He attracts, inspires, and nurtures students at all levels. He is an enthusiastic ambassador to the high school, an inspiring instructor in the classroom lighting the fire of learning, and a guide to the graduate students who set out on mathematical journeys of exploration. Steve Bleiler is a natural speaker. He is an engaging performer whose wit and delivery captures audiences and leaves them with a sense of wonder for the beauty of mathematics. He is just as comfortable talking about the topology of horse saddles to groups of high school students in rural Oregon as he is talking about more arcane topics in geometric topology to an audience of professional mathematicians at an international congress. A performer, educator, inspiring force, and enthusiastic colleague, Steve Bleiler embodies the love of mathematics that drives all of us.

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