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Cornell's PhysTEC Leader Rob Thorne Named Weiss Fellow
published by Cornell University
Mar 01, 2011
Cornell professors Harry Greene, Paul Sawyer, Robert Smith and Robert Thorne have been chosen for this year's Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowships. Established by the board in 1993, Weiss fellowships recognize tenured faculty members who have "sustained records of effective, inspiring and distinguished teaching of undergraduate students and of contributions to undergraduate education." The award comes with $5,000 per year for five years, to be used for any university-related purpose.
Thorne, professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, drew praise for his "curricular innovations, effective classroom teaching and concern for individual students." Among his accomplishments cited were his "transformation" of the introductory physics curriculum that has resulted in improved student learning and dramatic gains in evaluations and enrollment. Thorne also developed a successful pre-med physics curriculum for Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, and is equally known as a "caring instructor who reaches out to students in need of help."