2008 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics
James (Jim) Morrow, University of Washington

James (Jim) Allen Morrow has had a fundamental impact at the University of Washington and throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has directed a Research Experiences for Undergraduates site there since 1988, focusing on problems related to inverse problems in tomography. Eight of its participants have received NSF graduate fellowships. Many of them have gone on to substantial success in this and other fields of mathematics. Students have presented their work at a variety of meetings and published their results in a variety of refereed research journals.

For the past six years Jim has also been preparing students for the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). His students have an enviable record of success, with seven teams that he has coached receiving the Outstanding Winner Award, and five of those seven winning additional awards from the MAA, INFORMS, and SIAM. Since 1994 Jim has organized a Mathday at UW, bringing 1,200 high schoolers from the Northwest to the campus. It is an opportunity to showcase the relevance of mathematics to a variety of disciplines. In addition, he is the codirector of the Summer Institute for Mathematics at the University of Washington. This program brings twenty-four high schoolers from the U.S. and Canada to campus for six weeks in the summer. They take courses in the mornings and have lectures, activities, and field trips in the afternoons, with speakers from academia and industry. In 2003 Jim received the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Washington. In 2005 Jim won the Education Prize from the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. In addition to making time for all of these initiatives, Jim is also a highly successful researcher who has published results of lasting influence. He is most deserving of the Haimo Distinguished Teaching Award.

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