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01-03-2011

Two Clarkson Professors Honored With Emeritus Status At Commencement

Two retiring Clarkson University professors were honored at the school’s 112th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 8.

M. Lawrence Glasser, professor of both Physics and Mathematics and Computer Science, and Samuel B. Feitelberg, professor of Physical Therapy and founding associate dean of Health Sciences and former chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, were each named professor emeritus in honor of and in appreciation for their years and level of service to the University.

M. Lawrence Glasser was a member of the Clarkson faculty for nearly three decades. He joined the Mathematics and Computer Science Department as professor in 1977, and the Department of Physics in 1983, where he recently served as chair.

Glasser has diverse research interests. His research in solid state physics focuses on quantum physics of semiconductor nanostructures and high-temperature superconductors. In statistical mechanics, Glasser’s interests rest in exact solutions of models for phase transitions, while in more mathematical fields he studies supersymmetry in quantum mechanics, lattice sums, and the asymptotic properties of special functions. His work in this broad intersection of math, chemistry and physics has been frequently cited internationally. In 1978 Glasser was honored by Clarkson with the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award.

Glasser worked closely with other Clarkson faculty in the development of the Clarkson Center for Quantum Device Technology. The Center, which is housed in Clarkson’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing, was established in 2001 through a $1.6 million grant received from the National Science Foundation. The Center brings physicists and engineers together as they use quantum physics technology to build smaller, faster computers and other devices. The cutting-edge research conducted by Glasser and others at the Center puts Clarkson on the national stage of quantum technology.

Glasser had authored or co-authored over 250 publications in top research journals, such as the Journal of Physics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, European Journal of Physics, Physics Review, and the Journal of Science and Engineering. He also presented his research as an invited lecturer at dozens of universities, institutes and conferences during his career.

Glasser received his doctoral degree in Theoretical Solid State Physics from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1962. He worked as senior physicist for Battelle Memorial Institute from 1963-64, then joined the department of physics at the University of Wisconsin as assistant professor for one year. He returned to Battelle as an Institute Fellow from1965-74, then spent three years as professor of mathematics at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, before joining Clarkson in 1977.

Samuel B. Feitelberg

In nine years of service at Clarkson, Samuel B. Feitelberg significantly contributed to Clarkson’s program offerings through the establishment and accreditation of Clarkson’s Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program. Feitelberg’s accomplishments in the Department of Physical Therapy and the Center for Health Sciences connects Clarkson’s name with one of the nation’s most dynamic health fields.

Feitelberg joined Clarkson in 1996 as its first dean of Health Sciences to bring to fruition the University’s vision of establishing a premier MPT program with state-of-the-art facilities. Having previously founded and headed up PT programs at Downstate Medical Center at SUNY, Brooklyn and at the University of Vermont, Feitelberg was aptly suited for this task.

Much of the success of the Physical Therapy program at Clarkson can be attributed to Feitelberg’s ability to attract first-rate faculty and develop innovative programming. The MPT program uses a Problem-Based Learning approach, introduced by Feitelberg, which prepares graduates to successfully enter a rapidly changing health care profession. Feitelberg also helped affiliate the program with nearly 175 health care facilities around the country to provide students with clinical experience and internships.

Under Feitelberg’s guidance, five Clarkson MPT graduate students volunteered to educate athletes at the 2003 Special Olympics. To fund their trip, the students worked with Feitelberg to develop an interactive health care program, “Brittany's Knee Injury: A Health Team Approach,” which was supported by grants from the Northern Area Health Education Center that provided high school students interested in health care professions with authentic medical problem-solving experience. The five Clarkson MPT graduates received letters of commendation from U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for their achievements.

Feitelberg received his Certificate in Physical Therapy (1953) and a Master of Arts (1954) from Columbia University. He holds a Certificate in Health Administration (1980) from Harvard University Graduate School of Medicine. In 1953 he took a position as staff physical therapist at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. In 1959 he was appointed chief physical therapist.

Throughout his nearly five-decade career, Feitelberg has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Lucy Blair Service Award (1983), the APTA’a Diversity 2000 Award (1996) and the title of Professor Emeritus from the University of Vermont (1996). He was named an APTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow (1997) and was awarded the prestigious Polly Ceralosi Lectureship (2004).

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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