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Daryl Falco Receives the Barbara G Hornum Award for Teaching Excellence

May 18, 2012 — A huge congratulations to Prof. Daryl Falco for winning the Barbara G. Hornum Award for Teaching Excellence for 2012! We are all so proud of his outstanding achievement!

Daryl FalcoAssistant Teaching Professor Daryl Falco, MS Mathematics and MS Computer Science, started graduate work at Drexel University in 2001. He worked as a research assistant for the Intelligent Time-Critical Systems Laboratory and as a teaching assistant for the mathematics department where he received the Albert Herr Teaching Assistant Award in 2003. In January 2007 he joined the Department of Mathematics as a full-time teaching faculty member. Daryl has been teaching a variety of undergraduate classes, including algebra, calculus, and discrete mathematics, with consistent and overwhelming praise from the students.

In addition, he is the founding faculty advisor of the Mathematics Student Organization (MSO). In this role Professor Falco had the important role in establishing the traditions of the club: promoting mathematics through guest speakers, fun problems and challenges, and off-campus trips to student conferences. The annual Pi Day celebration is an important event in the Mathematics Department and Daryl organized the first Drexel Integration Bee. This mathematical take on a spelling bee where teams of students solve integrals has since become a standard Pi Day feature. Professor Falco’s other activities include teaching for the Gateway Program where he assists international students in building their mathematical vocabulary and presentation skills. He also teaches for the Dragon Summer Program and the Drexel Engineering Summer Diversity Program, where he prepares incoming freshmen for the rigors of a college mathematics course.

Barbara G. Hornum Award: Dr. Barbara G. Hornum is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Culture and Communication and Director of the Drexel Center for Academic Excellence. Dr. Hornum’s service to Drexel has been extensive including her current service as Chair of the Faculty Senate. In recognition of her commitment to excellence in teaching, an annual award was established in her honor to recognize a member of the non-tenure track teaching faculty.

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