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IfA Alum Receives Teaching Award

Michael Nassir

Michael Nassir. Photo by Katie Whitman.

Michael Nassir, who received his M.S. in astronomy from UH in 1996 and is now an instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has received the University of Hawai`i at Manoa Chancellor's Citation for Meritorious Teaching, which recognizes Manoa faculty members who have made significant contributions to teaching and student learning.

Nassir was instrumental in developing the Astronomy 110 laboratory course. A lively and enthusiastic instructor, he engages his students by demonstrating the significance of physics in his students' daily lives. In addition to teaching three to four physics and astronomy courses each semester, his workload includes physics lab supervision, astronomy lab coordination, lecture-demonstration improvement, undergraduate physics-major advising, student professional club advising, and service on both campus and departmental committees. During the summer, he participates in the Hawai`i Student/Teacher Astronomy Research (HI STAR) program for secondary school students and teachers.

Nassir serves as a member of the Faculty Senate's General Education Committee and provides analytical skills in dealing with trends in student behavior and improving undergraduate education. In 2005 he won the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from UH Manoa.