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Dr. Nathan receives University’s top teaching award

6/24/2008 —
Professor Emeritus Dr. Nathan Viswanathan was awarded the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching by Penn State University. The award recognizes excellence in teaching and student support among tenured faculty who have been employed full time for at least five years with undergraduate teaching as a major portion of their duties. Milton S. Eisenhower, brother of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, served as president of Penn State from 1950-1956.

Viswanathan, called “Dr. Nathan,” by his students, retired from Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus at the end of 2007 after 39 years of teaching and research. In addition to teaching a variety of science courses at the campus, he served for a number of years as director of the Pre-freshman Enrichment Program aimed at Fayette County sixth-through-ninth grade students who showed aptitude in science and mathematics.  Moreover, from 1994 to 2003 he has collaborated with several school districts in Fayette County to carry out summer workshops for K-12 teachers to enhance their knowledge of natural and mathematical sciences. One of Viswanathan’s chief accomplishments was his role in developing the forensic science program at Penn State Fayette.

The Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching is considered the most prestigious of the University’s teaching awards.

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Penn State University President Graham Spanier (right) presents the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching to Penn State Fayette Professor Emeritus Dr. Nathan Viswanathan.

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