Penn State Intercom......October 31, 2002

Physics professor honored
with C.I. Noll Award

Richard Robinett, professor of physics and assistant department head, has been selected as the winner of the C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Sponsored by the Eberly College of Science Student Council and Alumni Society, the award represents the highest honor for undergraduate teaching in the college. The winner is chosen by a committee of students and faculty from nominees suggested by students, faculty and alumni.

Robinett has been teaching physics at the University since 1986. He has taught a broad range of physics courses for students in both science and nonscience majors. Two classes among his recent teaching responsibilities help build the science foundation of scores of students at the University: one is the first semester of a two-semester, algebra-based, lab-included introductory physics class taken by many life-science students, both in the Eberly College of Science and in other colleges; the other is the physics department's first-year seminar class, which Robinett initiated, developed, organized and has taught. The seminar introduces students to many aspects of the physics major and educational opportunities outside the classroom.