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DATE: Jan. 24, 2003

Aruna Nadasen named professor emeritus at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

DEARBORN---Aruna Nadasen, a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan-Dearborn since 1982, was named professor emeritus of physics by the U-M Regents at their January meeting.

Nadasen joined the UM-Dearborn faculty as an assistant professor in 1982, and was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and professor in 1992. A resident of Canton, Nadasen retired from active faculty status at the end of 2002.

During his career, Nadasen taught a wide range of introductory and advanced courses in physics. His specialty was experimental nuclear physics and he conducted research at the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility and at the heavy-ion National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University, with continuous support from the National Science Foundation from 1983 until his retirement. He received UM-Dearborn's Distinguished Faculty Research Award in 1991 and the Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities Distinguished Faculty Award in 1992.

In addition to working with faculty members at other universities, Nadasen involved many UM-Dearborn undergraduates in his research projects.

"Under his guidance, Professor Nadasen's students were exposed to all aspects of physics research," the U-M Regents noted. "They made presentations at national conferences and at meetings of the American Physical Society, and several students co-authored publications with Professor Nadasen."

He published more than 80 refereed journal articles and made more than 160 presentations at national and international conferences.

A native of South Africa, Nadasen earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Fort Hare and a master's degree from Rhodes University there before immigrating to the United States, where he earned master's and doctoral degrees from Indiana University. Before joining the UM-Dearborn faculty, Nadasen was a research associate and lecturer at the University of Maryland.

At UM-Dearborn, Nadasen chaired several committees, including the physics discipline, the campus's affirmative action committee and the campus scholarship committee. For almost a decade, he was a member of the organizing committee for the annual statewide minority equity conference and led UM-Dearborn's delegation.

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