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Michael Starbird is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin. He has been at UT his whole career except for leaves, including to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He has received more than fifteen teaching awards including the Mathematical Association of America's 2007 national teaching award, the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor statewide award, the UT Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, and most of the UT-wide teaching awards. He has given hundreds of lectures and dozens of workshops on effective teaching and effective thinking. He has produced DVD courses for The Teaching Company in the Great Courses Series on calculus, statistics, probability, geometry, and the joy of thinking. He co-authored, with Edward Burger, the textbook The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking and has co-authored two Inquiry Based Learning textbooks. He produced an edX MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) titled Effective Thinking Through Mathematics. His recent book with co-author Edward Burger is The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking.