In addition to the written musings under the main heading, I have gathered, here, some of the presentations I have done where the event was recorded and made available, afterwards.

March 25, 2017: Chinese Ministry of Education Address

Since 2009, 19 top universities in China have been getting about $20M a year (each) from the Ministry of Education to develop programs to better educate the top tier university students at those schools. To us, these would look something like Honors programs, although the underlying mission is to identify and promote those who are deemed “gifted and talented.”

In 2017, at the annual meeting that the Ministry convenes of these schools, I was among four foreign individuals who were asked to talk about our strategies for working with “gifted and talented” students.

Here is the link to that presentation.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Shandong University
Jinan, China



Every two years, Baylor University holds an international competition to identity the Robert Foster Cherry Award recipient for that biennium. In addition to a generous cash prize, the award also involves a term in residence at Baylor as a guest instructor.

Here is a link to the presentation I gave during the competition process.

Friday, November 2, 2012
Baylor University
Waco, Texas

If you are curious about the history and motivation of the weight loss from this time, please see the “diabetes” link at the main site.


NOVEMBER 19, 2009: CAse/Carnegie US Professor of year – doctoral

For many years, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching partnered with organizations to select and present the four annual National Professors of the Year (Doctoral, Masters, Bachelors, and Community College levels). These were highly recognized awards of long standing. As of 2016, Carnegie has put the award program on hiatus. I hope they revive it.

Here is a link to my acceptance speech.

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Washington, DC

The introduction is by former student Peter (PJ) Alaimo, a Professor at Seattle University.

Professors of the Year 2009

Professors of the Year 2009


April 13, 1994: university of michigan golden apple award

In 1994, I received the delightful honor of being the fourth recipient of the University of Michigan Golden Apple Award, a recognition organized and administered exclusively by the undergraduate student body.

Here is a link to that recording.

Wednesday, April 13, 1994
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan