Alumnus' passion, research earn high award

Oswego graduate Todd Pagano has been named one of four “U.S. Professors of the Year” by two prestigious higher education institutions.

imageThe director of the Laboratory Science Technology Program at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester was recognized in the “Outstanding Master’s Universities and Colleges Professor” category, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The institute is based out of the Rochester Institute of Technology, where Pagano is an associate professor of science and mathematics.
A chemistry major at Oswego, Pagano earned his degree in three years and earned his advanced degrees at Tufts University. He has dedicated his college teaching career to instructing deaf students.
The 1996 Oswego graduate told OSWEGO magazine he hopes to inspire his students at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf to pursue careers in the scientific fields.

“If you don’t have this burning passion to do anything that you can do to make a student understand a concept then you may not be approaching it with enough vigor,” Pagano told The Chronicle of Higher Education.

He is nationally recognized for his research in florescence spectroscopy that can help predict the formation of dangerous carcinogens in drinking water and map cancer-causing chemicals in cigarette smoke.

U.S. Professors of the Year awards are presented by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The honor comes on the heels of several prestigious recognition for Pagano. Last fall, Pagano was elected a fellow of the American Chemical Society — an honor reserved for the top one percent of society membership — for accomplishments in chemistry and service to ACS.

In February, Pagano won the NTID’s top award for research. In March, he traveled to San Diego to give the keynote address at the San Diego chapter of the American Chemical Society and receive an ACS national award supported by Dreyfuss Foundation. That honor comes with $20,000 to use in a way that can further the research and teaching he was cited for. 

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PHOTO CAPTION: Sharing Science — Todd Pagano, a 1996 Oswego graduate and recently named “U.S. Professor of the Year,” discusses scientific theory with three student members of his research group at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester.

(Posted: Nov 16, 2012)