In 2012, Dr. Grinnell received a Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. The awards were established by the Board of Regents in 2008 as part of its commitment to the UT System as a place of intellectual exploration and discovery, educational excellence, and unparalleled opportunity.
"In college and graduate school, I was introduced to the idea that science and philosophy were inseparable — scientific discoveries have important implications about philosophical ideas; philosophical ideas have important implications about scientific discoveries. By the time I became a faculty member, I was convinced that philosophy should be a part of graduate science education, and that every student should wonder, 'Why do I believe what I think I know?' That conviction provides the inspiration for my teaching efforts."