Assistant Teaching Prof. John DeNero has won the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award. The award, presented by the Academic Senate, recognizes U.C. Berkeley’s brightest teaching stars for their inspiring and transformational teaching. DeNero says his teaching goal is not necessarily to make students happy but to help them learn how to solve problems that they thought they couldn’t solve. He has a knack for grabbing attention, exciting students, and in many ways, serving as a pioneer. He teaches his introductory course for computer science majors, CS 61A, to nearly 1,600 students in 47 sections with the help of a course staff of 95 undergraduates. Distinguished Teaching Award winners are frequently called upon by the campus to provide a voice on issues related to teaching. They serve on forums, panels, and committees involving teaching issues, and they are advocates for excellence in teaching at Berkeley.