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Stanford’s 2019 Cuthbertson, Dinkelspiel and Gores awards honor faculty, students and staff

Dan Birman

(Image credit: Anne Neirynck)

Jun 11 2019

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Nine members of the Stanford community, including faculty, students and staff, will be recognized onstage during Commencement with awards honoring their contributions.


At the 128th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, nine members of the Stanford community will be recognized with awards for exceptional service, for distinctive contributions to undergraduate education and for excellence in teaching.

Their contributions will be recognized onstage in Stanford Stadium with presentations of Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Awards, Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Awards and Walter J. Gores Awards.

During Commencement, the citation honoring each individual will be read aloud.

2019 Walter J. Gores Award winners

The Walter J. Gores Award recognizes undergraduate and graduate teaching excellence. This year’s winners are Daniel George Birman, Zephyr Frank, Iris Malone and Erin Mordecai:

Daniel George Birman, a PhD candidate in psychology, was honored “for building fantastic learning experiences for students, including playful web-based brain simulations that acquaint students with complex ideas.”

He was commended “for his innovative teaching through lectures and sections that cover links between natural and artificial intelligence, and ethical questions raised as science and technology advance.”

Birman was also honored “for helping his fellow PhDs grow as teachers through his management of the teaching team” and “for developing coursework that routinely exceeds student expectations.”