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Fasano to receive College’s prestigious Hatch Award


MONMOUTH, Ill. – Monmouth College physics professor Chris Fasano will receive the Hatch Academic Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching at the Alumni Impact Awards on Nov. 3, part of Homecoming weekend festivities at the College.

Fasano will be honored, along with several other award recipients, at 6 p.m. in Mellinger Commons in the Center for Science and Business.

A member of the College’s faculty since 1998, Fasano has helped build and expand the physics major and department in very tangible ways over the past two decades. He was one of the faculty leaders in the design and planning for the College’s $42 million Center for Science and Business, which opened in 2013. The facility includes a nuclear energy lab, the high-quality Trubeck Telescope, ultrasound equipment and an atomic force microscope, elements that have greatly enhanced the research experiences of Monmouth students.

In 2012, Fasano received a $228,000 National Science Foundation grant to study lightning. He also received an Associated College of the Midwest grant for a collaborative project with other ACM faculty on high-speed computing.

For many years, Fasano has maintained an active research project at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.

Wrote his Hatch Award nominator, “He is well-known among students and faculty colleagues for going the extra mile, or extra many miles, in helping students successfully complete courses and the physics major.”

Funded by the late 1957 Monmouth graduate W. Jerome Hatch, a retired executive for American National Can, the Hatch Awards were established in 2004 to recognize outstanding work by Monmouth faculty in the areas of scholarship and service, in addition to teaching.

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