New Waves June 2009

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

X. Ben Wu named Presidential Professor

Dr. X. Ben Wu, professor of ecosystem science and management at Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been named as one of two winners of the Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence Award.

In addition to teaching courses and mentoring graduate students, Wu conducts research focused on landscape ecology, wetland restoration ecology, landscape pattern and hydrology in rangeland and urbanizing watersheds, and ecology education. He earned his degrees from Lanzhou University in China and the University of Tennessee, and after completing postdoctoral research at The Ohio State University, Wu joined Texas A&M in 1995.

Wu says that his teaching philosophy is centered on “a passion for teaching, genuine care for students, and well-designed materials and approaches to foster effective learning.”

The award was established in 2003 to underscore the importance of teaching at a major research university and includes a stipend of $25,000, believed to be the highest in monetary value of its type in the nation.

(Story from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)

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