updated: 8/13/2009 8:18:58 AM

Gavrin Appointed Chair of IUPUI Physics Department

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One of the developers of the Bridges to Baccalaureate program, funded by the Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, has been named chair of the Department of Physics at the IUPUI School of Science. Andrew Gavrin had served as associate professor of physics and an associate dean at the institution. He also co-developed the active learning system for high school physics education known as the Just-in-Time Teacher method.

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Indianapolis, IN, Aug. 12, 2009 –IUPUI School of Science announced Dr. Andrew D. Gavrin will serve as the new Chair of the Department of Physics beginning August 1, 2009 for a four year term. Dr. Gavrin is well known for his efforts in physics education and research on the physics of nanostructured magnetic materials.

In a strategic collaboration with researchers at IUPUI, the United States Air Force Academy and Davidson College, Dr. Gavrin co-developed the Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) method, a renowned program focusing on active learning for physics education in high school. As part of the program, he co-authored Just-in-Time Teaching: Blending Active Learning with Web Technology and received a National Science Foundation grant to adapt the JiTT program to a variety of academic fields.

“Whether it’s through his efforts in developing Just-in-Time Teaching or the Bridges to the Baccalaureate program at IUPUI and Ivy Tech, Dr. Gavrin has played an instrumental role in physics education both at the university and throughout the country,” said Dr. Bart Ng, Dean of the IUPUI School of Science. “We are extremely excited about the leadership role Dr. Gavrin will take with our physics program and the impact it will have on our students, the university and the community.”

He is an active member of the physics community serving as a consultant on the integration of high school and higher education programs to the Indiana Department of Education and several school systems throughout Central Indiana. Most recently Dr. Gavrin helped to develop Bridges to the Baccalaureate, a five year program funded by Eli Lilly and Company Foundation and the National Institute of Health. Bridges to the Baccalaureate places Central Indiana minority students from Ivy Tech in research laboratories on the IUPUI campus, mentoring them through a BS degree in Science at IUPUI.

“It is a privilege to lead such a talented group of people” said Dr. Gavrin in a message to the department on the announcement of his appointment. The department has strong research programs in biophysics, condensed matter physics, and optics. “I am particularly excited to work with the faculty to expand our Ph.D. program and our research capabilities.” Last year, physics students and faculty authored 23 publications and made over 40 presentations at national and international conferences, and at other universities.

Prior to taking on the role of Department Chair, Dr. Gavrin served as Associate Professor of Physics and Associate Dean of Science for Faculty Affairs and Undergraduate Education at IUPUI. For his extensive experience, leading outreach and undergraduate education on behalf of the School of Science, Dr. Gavrin has earned numerous teaching awards and recognitions including the School of Science Teaching Award, IUPUI Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the IUPUI Trustees Award. He is a member of the Indiana University Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching.

After receiving his B.S. in physics from MIT and his M.S. and Ph.D.’s in physics from The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Gavrin completed postdoctoral work at Johns Hopkins and the National Institute of Standards and Technology before joining the Physics Department at IUPUI School of Science in 1995. He is successor to Dr. Gautam Vemuri who led as chair of the department for the past seven years. Dr. Vemuri will return to full-time teaching and research at the School of Science on August 1, 2009.

About IUPUI School of Science

The School of Science is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service in the biological, physical, behavioral and mathematical sciences. The School is dedicated to being a leading resource for interdisciplinary research and science education in support of Indiana's effort to expand and diversify its economy. For more information go to www.science.iupui.edu

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