Rafe Mazzeo and Ravi Vakil are two of the eight faculty members who have been appointed as Bass University Fellows this year. (In Ravi's case, it's a reappointment.)
According to the the Stanford Report:
"Established in 2001, the Bass University Fellows in Undergraduate Education Program recognizes faculty, including faculty from the graduate and professional schools, for extraordinary contributions to undergraduate education.
Each of the Bass Fellow appointments is named in honor of donors who made significant gifts to the Stanford Endowment for Undergraduate Education during The Campaign for Undergraduate Education, which ended in 2005.
The program was named in honor of Anne T., MLA '07, and Robert M. Bass, MBA '74, who provided matching funds to launch it. Once a faculty member rotates out of an individual fellow appointment, he or she becomes a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education in perpetuity."
Congratulations Rafe and Ravi!
From the announcement email of Professor/Chairman Brian White 9/24/13