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Dr. Patrick Leclair wins UA’s highest teaching award.

The University of Alabama National Alumni Association has announced the 2011 recipients of the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching – the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award. Among this years winners was Dr. Patrick LeClair of the Dept. of Physics and the MINT Center.

Dr. Patrick R. LeClair joined the UA department of physics and astronomy in 2005, following a three-year postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At UA, he primarily teaches introductory and mid-level physics courses and maintains an active research group in magnetic and electronic materials.

Since 2008, LeClair has been the undergraduate director for physics and astronomy. His main achievements have been implementing personal, face-to-face advising for every major student every semester and championing the physics-electrical and computer engineering double major, which has been largely responsible for increasing majors nearly threefold in the last four years.

LeClair has been actively committed to revising the undergraduate physics curriculum. With the help of a teaching grant from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2006-2007, he developed and implemented a computerized laboratory system for introductory electricity and magnetism labs which has been in use ever since. In 2009-2010, he redesigned the sophomore “Modern Physics” laboratory with entirely new equipment and a custom laboratory manual. In fall 2009, he and Dr. Ray White developed a freshman seminar course to introduce potential physics and astronomy majors to the latest developments in the field.

At UA, LeClair has also been a pioneer in the use of social media, finding that students will be engaged by interacting with the tools they enjoy and feel comfortable with. Nearly every aspect of his courses can be monitored online with notes, tutorials and multiple venues for student interaction

LeClair’s research primarily focuses on electrical and magnetic properties of novel materials and devices, and he maintains an active research laboratory in UA’s MINT Center. He is the principal investigator on three National Science Foundation grants and one Department of Energy grant. He received his bachelor’s degree in materials science from MIT and his doctorate cum laude in physics from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

http://uanews.ua.edu/2011/10/teaching-award-winners-honored-at-ua-3/

MINT Aid Program for Tohoku University

MINT Aid Program for Tohoku University – Application

On behalf of the Centre for Materials for Information Technology (MINT) at the University of Alabama, U.S.A., I wish to convey my deepest sympathies to you all who have suffered from the earthquake and tsunami disasters that took place in northern Japan on March 11, 2011.  This must be an extremely difficult time for you all, and I hope and pray each day that you will recover from these disasters as quickly as possible.

The MINT Center here at the University of Alabama has had very close collaborations over the years with many of the faculty members at Tohoku University, particularly in the areas of magnetism, magnetic materials, and spintronics.  We at the MINT Center realize the severity of the situation there in Sendai, and we have established the MINT Aid Program for Tohoku University (MAPTU).  Through this program we wish to invite some of Tohoku University’s junior faculty members to come to the University of Alabama to work alongside our own faculty members here at MINT (Please see the attachment.).  The MAPTU program will cover travel and accommodation expenses for participating Tohoku University faculty members for a period of up to four months.  I will be very appreciative if you will circulate this letter to appropriate departments.

On a personal matter, I spent many years as a faculty member of Tohoku University in Sendai.  Many of my long-time colleagues and close friends are there, and my heart is heavy.  The path to recovery for Sendai and for all of Japan will not be easy, but we will continue to hope and pray diligently for all of you who have been affected.

As the Director of the MINT Center, I want you to know that we are here to assist you by all measures.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you every day.

Praying for the best, and sincerely yours,

Takao Suzuki

MINT Director and professor

University of Alabama

GRANDIS INC. has joined the MINT Center.

We are happy to announce that GRANDIS INC. has joined the MINT cooperate sponsor  as of October 5, 2010.

Grandis is the pioneer in developing and licensing innovative non-volatile memory solutions derived from cutting-edge research in spintronics.

Takao Suzuki Honored

Professor Suzuki, Director of the Center for Materials for Information Technology (MINT) has received the 2010 Society Award of the Magnetics Society of Japan. The award is for contributions to the developments of magnetic and magneto-optical recording materials and technologies, and also to the globalization of the Magnetic Society.  The award is the highest ranked prize.  Dr. Suzuki is now the president-elect of the IEEE Magnetics Society, and will be the president as of January, 2011.  He is an IEEE Fellow.

Tabatha Jarnagin passes away unexpectedly

Tabatha Jarnagin passed away unexpectedly on February 21. Tabatha joined the MINT Center in May of 2004. For the past several years she managed the MINT office and generally made sure that the important things got done, i.e. that people were paid, reports were written, etc. She was an extremely hard worker and a faithful and effective advocate for the center and the university. She was loved and will be missed by everyone at the MINT Center.

Link to Obituary