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Affatigato recognized as Cottrell Scholar

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2015-06-11 12:51:48 - General

Mario Affatigato - Professor of Physics
Mario Affatigato
Professor of Physics

Mario Affatigato, the Fran Allison and Francis Halpin Professor of Physics at Coe College, has been recognized as a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Affatigato is the only professor from Iowa to receive the prestigious appointment this year, and he joins a highly selective group of about 350 scientists nationally who have been named Cottrell Scholars since the program began.

The Cottrell Scholar program develops outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills. Nurturing an interdisciplinary community of outstanding scientific/academic leaders in the areas of physics, chemistry and astronomy, the Cottrell Scholar program fosters synergy among faculty at major American research universities and primarily undergraduate institutions. Cottrell Scholars engage in an annual networking event, providing them the opportunity to share insights and expertise through the Cottrell Scholar Collaborative.

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 he 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, and a fellow of the Society of Glass Technology and the American Ceramic Society.

Professor Affatigato 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, as well as the Prize To A Faculty Member For Research In An Undergraduate Institution, which he was awarded by the American Physical Society in 2013. 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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