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Tim Atherton

Professor Atherton Wins Tufts University's Recognition Of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (ROUTE)
2017
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is delighted to congratulate faculty member Tim Atherton, who was today awarded the University-wide Recognition of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (ROUTE) prize. This award is awarded annually to a junior faculty member of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering who has displayed exceptional teaching and advising, concern for students' academic and personal growth, and the ability to convey passion and enthusiasm for his or her field of study. Atherton's citation singled out his creation of a project-based class on Computational Physics, use of an innovative "cyclic approach" to teaching introductory physics classes and outstanding mentoring of undergraduates.

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Tufts Professors Awarded $1 Million Grant to Boost Diversity in Natural Sciences
July 2017
A group of faculty at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences has received a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to broaden participation and cultivate the talents of undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds in the natural sciences. Known as the Listening Project, the five-year initiative aims to increase instructors' awareness of implicit and unconscious bias and support their efforts to elicit and cultivate the productive beginnings of scientific thought in all students. The program will provide science faculty and teaching assistants in introductory science courses with support to enhance their ability to elicit, recognize, interpret, and respond meaningfully to all students' thinking and reasoning regardless of their cultural background or prior preparation. It will be led by Roger Tobin, professor of physics; David Hammer, professor of education and physics; Juliet Fuhrman, professor of immunology and infectious disease; Susan Koegel, senior lecturer of cell biology and immunology; and Donna Qualters, director of the university's Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
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Three Physics and Astronomy Professors Awarded Tenure
June 2017
Tufts University today announced that three faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Anna Sajina, Hugo Beauchemin and Tim Atherton, have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. This acknowledges their outstanding contributions to research and teaching, as well as mentoring numerous students. The three faculty span a broad range of research activities—Atherton in theoretical condensed matter physics, Beauchemin in high energy physics and Sajina in astronomy—and have contributed significantly to the continuing success of our department. The department congratulates them and looks forward to having them as tenured members for years to come.

2017 Graduates

Congratulations to the 2017 Graduates in Physics and Astronomy
May 2017
The Physics and Astronomy department congratulates all of our 2017 graduates. We are proud of all your work at Tufts and look forward to the great things you will do in the future. This year, 20 Tufts undergraduates completed their degrees in physics or astronomy, our largest class in recent years! In addition, six graduate students completed their Ph.D.s.
Pictured at the doctoral hooding ceremony are (left to right): Jeremy Watcher, Yazhe Zhu, Ozgur Altinok, Vesal Dini, Chris Burke with Professor Peggy Cebe and Professor David Hammer.

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