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May 17, 2011

Commencement 2011 teaching awards

Philippe Fauchet
Philippe Fauchet
The William H. Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

Jonathan Baldo
Jonathan Baldo

Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Eleana Kim
Eleana Kim

The G. Graydon Curtis ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award forExcellence in Teaching by a Nontenured Member of the Faculty
Philippe Fauchet is the Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and chair of the department in addition to being a professor of optics, biomedical engineering, materials science, and physics, and a senior scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

Since joining the faculty in 1990, he has brought three large multi-investigator grants to the University and has graduated 30 PhD students from five departments.

“One thing is certain: I have learned from each one of my students and my postdocs, and my life has been enriched by them,” Fauchet says.

Before coming to Rochester, Fauchet was on the faculty at Princeton and Stanford universities and was one of the originators of Princeton University’s Center for Photonics and Opto-Electronic Materials.

In 1998, Fauchet created the Multidisciplinary Center for Future Health and served as its founding director until December 2004. In the 1990s, Fauchet created and ran the Femtosecond Laser Facility at the University’s Center for Optoelectronics and Imaging. More recently, he spearheaded the integration of the University’s research efforts in energy, with the aim of creating a permanent Energy Research Institute. That initiative won the University funding from the National Science Foundation to create a graduate program in solar energy.

Fauchet has 30 years of experience in nanotechnology and nanoscience, especially silicon photonics, silicon quantum dots, optical biosensors, electroluminescent materials and devices, optical interconnects, solar cells, and ultrathin membranes. His research on porous silicon and nanoscale silicon and their applications has led to nearly 100 invited publications, plenary or invited presentations at international conferences, and seminars at universities or research laboratories.

Fauchet received an IBM Faculty Development Award in 1985, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1987, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 1988, and the 1990–93 Prix Guibal & Devillez for his work on porous silicon. He is the author of more than 400 publications, has edited 11 books, and holds several patents. He was elected a fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Materials Research Society, and the International Society for Optics and Photonics, and he serves on various boards for industrial and governmental entities.

Fauchet received a PhD in applied physics from Stanford University in 1984, an MS in engineering from Brown University in 1980, and his electrical engineer’s degree from Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, Belgium, in 1978.
Jonathan Baldo has taught in the humanities department at the Eastman School since 1983.

Faculty colleagues say he is an “unsung hero of the profession” who is a “brilliant teacher and insightful scholar.”

Upon accepting the award at the Eastman School commencement, Baldo credited his students’ “curiosity and passion” for his teaching success. “It’s exciting to see the spark of understanding jump from student to student,” he said.

In 2000, Baldo was awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, which enabled him to take a year’s leave of absence to write a book on the rising national consciousness in Elizabethan England as reflected in Shakespeare’s plays.

Baldo’s first book on Shakespeare, The Unmasking of Drama: Contested Representation in Shakespearean Tragedy, was published in 1996. He has also published numerous articles and reviews in publications such as English Literary Renaissance, Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Drama, Modern Language Quarterly, and Journal of the Kafka Society of America. His second book, Memory in Shakespeare’s Histories: Stages of Forgetfulness in Early Modern England, will be published later this year by Routledge in their prestigious Studies in Shakespeare series.

Baldo has presented papers throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom, including at the Shakespeare Association of America, the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, and the World Shakespeare Congress. On four occasions he has won the open submission competitions held by both the International Shakespeare Association and the Shakespeare Association of America. Other awards and honors include a Bridging Fellowship from the University in 1990, the University Junior Faculty Award in 1989, and a Tuition Fellowship from Northwestern University’s School of Criticism and Theory in 1983.

Baldo has invented interesting courses, ranging from Shakespeare to Hitchcock, and he cofounded the cluster of Film Studies with the humanities department. His in-depth knowledge and expertise, enthusiasm for his subjects, imaginative teaching style, intellectually stimulating classroom discussions, and his dedication to students outside the classroom have earned him a reputation as one of the most sought-after professors at Eastman. Respected and admired by his students both as a person and as a teacher, Baldo has distinguished himself among world-class musicians by receiving high praise for his nonmusic courses.

Baldo received his bachelor of arts degree in English from Yale University and a PhD in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before joining the Eastman faculty, he was a lecturer in the English department of the University of Florida.
Eleana Kim, an assistant professor of anthropology, is admired for her ability to help students to become deeply engaged.

Her first book, Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging, published by Duke University Press last fall, explores the history of Korean adoptions for the past half-century. The book reexamines the experience of an estimated 200,000 South Korean children adopted into white families in Western countries. The ethnography is the first to trace the emergence of a distinctive transnational adoptee community in the age of the Internet and globalization.

Kim was awarded an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship for research on a second book about the environmental and political transformation of the Korean demilitarized zone. Beginning this July, Kim will spend a year interviewing environmentalists, politicians, local residents, and others to turn the militarized border between North and South Korea into a greenbelt of peace.

She is admired for her skill at guiding discussions of challenging material, her respect for students, and her accessibility. She has developed innovative methods for incorporating social media and other new technologies into teaching, and last year she organized an innovative miniresearch conference for undergraduates. She is frequently sought out by students for letters of recommendation and career counseling and this year advised two of the department’s three senior honors theses.

Richard Feldman, dean of the College, called Kim a “highly sought-after mentor” who is a “student magnet,” during the Arts, Sciences, and Engineering commencement ceremony.

Kim has taken a lead role in the design of the anthropology department’s curriculum and is now the department’s director of undergraduate studies. She is helping to develop interdisciplinary programs and serving on several dissertation committees in the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies.

Kim completed her master’s degree and doctorate in anthropology at New York University and a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA before coming to Rochester in 2007. She is a frequent presenter at academic conferences and is the recipient of numerous research grants, including fellowships from the Korea Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Fulbright Institute of International Education.

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