Affatigato earns prestigious American Physical Society award

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2012-10-03 09:07:21 - General

Mario Affatigato, the Fran Allison and Francis Halpin Professor of Physics at Coe College, has been named by the American Physical Society (APS) to receive the 2013 "Prize To A Faculty Member For Research In An Undergraduate Institution." The prestigious award is sponsored by a grant from the Research Corporation, a private foundation for the advancement of science and technology.

The prize was established to honor a physicist whose research in an undergraduate setting has achieved wide recognition and contributed significantly to physics, and who has contributed substantially to the professional development of undergraduate physics students. The award consists of a financial stipend to the winner, and a separate $5,000 unrestricted grant for research to the prize recipient’s institution.

Affatigato will officially receive the award at the annual APS meeting scheduled for March 2013 in Baltimore. As the prize recipient, he has also been invited to give a talk on his research during the conference.

A previous winner of the same award is Affatigato's mentor and colleague, B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics Steve Feller from Coe, who received the prize in 1993. Affatigato was nominated for the award by Professor Richard Haglund of Vanderbilt University, who served as his Ph.D. advisor.

Affatigato graduated magna cum laude from Coe in 1989, with majors in physics and mathematics, and a minor in history. He then did graduate studies at Vanderbilt University, where earned a master's degree in physics in 1993 and Ph.D. in physics in 1995. Since completing his Ph.D., Affatigato has been on the Coe physics faculty. He is a member of the American Physical Society, the Society of Glass Technology and the American Ceramic Society.

He is the recipient of several awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which he received at the White House in 1999. In addition, Affatigato has received numerous grants for the Coe physics program as a principal investigator or a co-principal investigator. He and his Coe faculty colleagues and students have conducted extensive studies on the properties of glass, resulting in the publication of over 100 articles in refereed journals. Affatigato has also traveled worldwide to conduct further research and present his findings at international conferences.

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