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Two from college earn President's Award for Outstanding Service

1Martha L Thurlow web quality photo.jpgJean BauerJean Bauer, professor in the Department of Family Social Science, and Martha Thurlow, director of the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) in the Institute on Community Integration, have been awarded the 2011 President's Award for Outstanding Service to the University community.

The award is presented each year in the spring and recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff member. Recipients of this award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community.

Bauer, at the University since 1983, has had an extraordinary career as a professor and extension specialist, earning numerous awards and accolades, including commendations from the governor of Minnesota. An exceptional advocate for graduate students, she earned the University of Minnesota Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies award in 2004. Her extensive leadership roles over the years in governance and service at the University, in CEHD and Extension, and in diverse communities throughout Minnesota have been a hallmark of her professional life.

"Jean Bauer has spent her entire career as a 'citizen' of the higher education world," said one nominator. "[She is] concerned about the world beyond her office door, including those we teach and mentor, in a way that recognizes there is something bigger than an individual professional career at play here."

An alumna, Thurlow has worked at the University for more than four decades and was part of the team that founded NCEO in 1992. Her efforts have been focused on improving outcomes for students with disabilities in the context of a strong public education system. As NCEO director since 1999, she "has positioned the University as the foremost research institution in the country for inclusive assessment and accountability systems for K-12 public education," according to her nominating letter. "Dr. Thurlow leads research to practice efforts in fluid and challenging federal and state policy environments, not simply by reacting to changing conditions but by shaping policy choices using research-based data and conceptual frames."

One of Thurlow's nominators summed up: "The quiet Angel of the U, Martha has impacted the lives of so many in her years of leadership at this institution."

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