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Professor of Mathematics and Physics Receives the Lindback Award from IU

Sister Marie Cooper, IHM, EdD, professor of mathematics/physics and the director of Sponsored Research at Immaculata University, was presented with the 2005-2006 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award during the university´s commencement ceremony. Each year the award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching.
Sister began her teaching career at the grade school level and later taught at several Catholic high schools. In 1995, she became a faculty member at Immaculata. Sister Marie received her bachelor´s degree in mathematics and theology at Immaculata College, then she went on to receive her master´s degree in teaching mathematics and a master´s degree in secondary school science both from Villanova University. She also earned a master´s degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Doctorate in science education from Rutgers University.
Sister Marie has been associated with the Society of Research Administrators International, American Association of Women in Science, American Physical Society, American Educational Research Association, American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Association of Teachers of Mathematics.
Over the years she has received the Sigma Xi Research Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, Law School Fellow of the Graduate School of Education, Eppenstein Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society. She researches and writes on mathematics and physics education, and research administration. Her most recent article, Teaching Mathematics for the Future appeared in Today´s Catholic Teacher in October 2005, and Classroom Choices for Enabling Peer Learning which appeared in Theory into Practice in winter 2002.
In addition to her work at Immaculata University, Sister Marie serves on the advisory boards for Wm. H. Sadlier, Inc., and the Office of Research Development at Lincoln University. She also participates in grant-supported programs for teachers of elementary, middle, and secondary school in science, mathematics, and technology.
Upon receiving the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, Sister Marie Cooper commented that, "I believe deeply that learning is an activity that is both social and individual, collaborative and independent, playful and reflective. Our learning is strongest at any age when we grapple with ideas, re-experience our early joy in new ideas, and connect material to our world."

Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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