Collaboratory members acclaimed for excellence

Two faculty members on the Collaboratory’s From Africa to Patagonia team have received accolades. Lorenzo García-Amaya is the recipient of the 30th annual Golden Apple Award and Andries Coetzee has received a Michigan Faculty Recognition Award.

Professor García-Amaya receives the golden apple over Zoom

The Golden Apple Award—the only student-selected teaching recognition at U-M—honors an exceptional professor who then delivers his/her ideal “last lecture.” The concept of the award was inspired by Rabbi Eliezer ben Hurkanos, who nearly two millennia ago taught his followers to live as if every day were the last.

Professor García-Amaya delivered this year’s Golden Apple lecture “Words You Didn’t Know” on October 16. During the online lecture, which made use of playful animation, García-Amaya offered “heartfelt thanks” to the Collaboratory and to the “collaborative network” of more than 50 people involved in the From Africa to Patagonia project.

Andries Coetzee, professor of linguistics and director of the African Studies Center in the International Institute, has received Michigan’s Faculty Recognition Award. This honor is awarded to “mid-career faculty members who have demonstrated remarkable contributions to the university through achievements in scholarly research or creative endeavors; excellence as a teacher, adviser and mentor; and distinguished participation in service activities of the university and elsewhere.”

Coetzee is one of five select U-M faculty to receive this award in 2020. Recipients were honored at a virtual Faculty Awards Celebration on October 19.