David Baum receives Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award

Twelve faculty members have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators. One of those awardees is Botany's own, David Baum.

Photo: David Baum

David Baum is respected for his popular lectures and innovative introductions to overall evolutionary biology and phylogenetics — what Baum calls “tree thinking.” Baum is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has served as chair of the Department of Botany and is the founding director of the UW’s Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution. A generous colleague who promotes active learning, Baum recently coauthored two new textbooks that introduce evolutionary thinking to a broad audience. Baum, a champion of the UW’s Darwin Day programming, regularly delivers a lecture on evolution dressed as Charles Darwin.

“I have heard David lecture numerous times in both class and seminar formats and have seen his remarkable rapport with the students in action. … David is a uniquely talented instructor and remains an extremely important asset to the university in the teaching of the biological sciences and beyond,” says Simon Gilroy, a professor in the Department of Botany.

-excerpted from the UW-News story by Kate Dixon