Chris Schaffer receives Teaching Excellence Award
Congratulations to Associate Professor Chris Schaffer on receiving the 2016 Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Tucker Teaching Award from the College of Engineering. This award is in recognition not only of his sustained teaching excellence in the classroom but also his role in education, outreach and/or engagement efforts for center proposals.
Chris B. Schaffer received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University, where he worked with Eric Mazur. As a post-doc at the University of California at San Diego, Chris worked with David Kleinfeld in the physics and neuroscience programs. His lab at Cornell develops advanced optical techniques that enable quantitative imaging and targeted manipulation of individual cells in the central nervous system of rodents with the goal of identifying interactions among cells that cause neurological disease. One area of current focus is the role of brain blood flow disruptions in the development of Alzheimer's disease. Prof. Schaffer is also active in developing novel educational strategies to teach science as a dynamic process for discovery. These approaches are used in outreach settings in middle and high-school science classes as well as in his undergraduate and graduate level courses. Chris also has a strong interest in science policy and spent a sabbatical in Washington, DC, working as a science policy advisor for Senator Edward Markey in the United States Congress.
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