Good news: I won't be nominated for the best-teacher award this term.
That needs some context. The department chair asked me if it was all right if the department didn't nominate me as Best Teacher this term. While my students' evaluations for last term's course were fantastic, the committee reviewing nominations would look at the student evaluations for the previous term -- January-April 2003 -- as well. I only got here the last weeks of that term, and my class was taught by whoever didn't have a good excuse while I waited for silly green card glitches to resolve; the students evaluated the course accordingly. But I'm the instructor of record and their comments would count against me. So we'll let this term's evaluations come in, on the assumption they'll be similarly good, and let the greater bulk of classes I really taught outweigh those.
That's fine by me; the important thing is I'm appreciated for my teaching skills. My willingness to teach the huge programming course was also appreciated. Since my contract expires in a year and it's time I start poking around for a new position, I'm really happy to hear my current employer likes me. While I get lonely being on the far side of the world and 12 hours (now that you're on Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. and Canada) out of synch with everyone, I'd like having a sure job for as far into the future as possible. Also I hate moving, so staying here would be great.
Trivia: The MIT Instrumentation Lab's first order for microchips for the Apollo Guidance Computer was placed January 4, 1962, ordering four microchips from Texas Instruments at US$115.00 each. The order was delivered late. Source: Journey To The Moon: The History of the Apollo Guidance Computer, Eldon C. Hall.
Currently Reading: Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain.