Bob Mathieu Announced as Wisconsin Academy Fellow

Feb 12, 2016

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor Bob Mathieu was recently selected as one of only eleven Fellows for 2016 by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. The Fellows program, which was established in 1981, elects Fellows for “extraordinary levels of accomplishment in their fields as well as lifelong commitments to intellectual discourse and public service.” Considering the Fellows are selected from a pool of statewide nominees once every two years, recipients are truly some of the best and brightest Wisconsin has to offer.  

During his nearly 30 years at UW, Mathieu and his students have made numerous valuable contributions to astronomy. He and his students have measured the masses of brown dwarf stars, discovered the youngest binary stars, described how matter flows from protostellar disks onto these stars, explored the interactions between binary stars that power star cluster evolution, and defined new evolutionary pathways for how theses stars exchange mass or collide during their interactions.

Mathieu is also the leader of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), and the director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Although Mathieu was honored for his teaching at Berkeley and UW, he came to realize that his graduate and post-doctoral education had taught him little about teaching, especially research-based practices that increase the learning of all students. From this realization grew the seed that eventually became the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. Only ten short years later, CIRTL now represents nearly a third of the Ph.D. production in the country, with the CIRTL Network extending to 46 major research universities in the U.S. and Canada.  

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