At the national
meeting in Phoenix, in January 2004, Andy Liu received the national MAA
Debbie
Haimo Teaching Award. Here
is the
citation.

Andrew
Liu's
popularity as a teacher reflects the enormous energy he expends on
teaching,
his ability to make mathematics fun, his uncanny sense fo good
problems, and
his personal interest in his students.
His outstanding reputation as consummate mathematics
educator is
documented by two teaching awards from his own University of Alberta,
two
Canadian national teaching awards, a 3M Teaching Fellowship, and the
David
Hilbert International award for promotion of mathematics learning from
the World
Federation of Mathematics Competitions.

At Alberta, he
designed a unique course in discrete mathematics in which students must
solve
puzzles from D. Shasha's "The Puzzling Adventures
of Dr. Ecco," supplemented by
Liu's own "Professor Scarlet's
Notebook."
Once they understand a puzzle
solution, the mathematics that underlies the solution is
developed. This
challenging course has grown from
a single class of 20 to two sections topping 110 students. He maintains close ties
with colleagues
in the Faculty of Education (he holds a certificate in elementary
teaching as
well as a Ph.D. in mathematics), and designed their course required for
all
students majoring in elementary education.

Andy's
desire to
excite students about mathematics takes many forms. In
Edmonton, he is a popular speaker in schools, has
organized math fairs, and directed summer mathematics camps. For years he has drawn
groups of
enthusiastic junior high students to his free weekly Saturday Math Club. He lures them with
tantalizing problems
(many original and unsolved) and encourages their own ingenuity in
solving
them. Locally,
nationally, and
internationally, he is a devoted supporter of mathematics competitions,
serving
as coach and leader for Putnam and IMO teams, chair of the Problem
Section of
the IMO, and vice-president of the international Mathematics Tournament
of the
Towns.

Andy gladly
shares his ideas in teaching, his problems, and interesting student
solutions
(which are frequently published in journals).
He maintains informal mailing lists, has served as editor
for two volumes of articles prepared for teachers of gifted high school
students, and has collected 16 published articles by his young Saturday
Math
Club students in the S.M.A.R.T. "Analogy" to
share with teachers.

For his remarkable
teaching on so many
fronts, it is a great pleasure to award Andy Liu the Deborah and
Franklin
Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of
Mathematics.

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