Organic chemist Brian Coppola of the University of Michigan is the recipient of the biannual Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, which is given by Baylor University in Texas, in recognition of outstanding classroom teaching. The awards were established in 1991 to stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching, and to encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers. It is named for 1929 Baylor graduate Robert Foster Cherry. Coppola receives $250,000 and his department $25,000. The U-M highlights its recent released payroll report, which cited Coppola's salary as $139,550 in 2011.