Colorado State Physicist is Named Honors Professor of the Year

A veteran Colorado State University physicist has been selected by University Honors Program students as this year’s Honors Professor.

Sanford Kern, associate professor of physics, was chosen for his excellence in teaching and for his commitment to undergraduate student success.

As Honors Professor, Kern will lecture on "Change: How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning?" from 7-8 p.m. Thursday in the Virginia Dale Room of the Lory Student Center. In the tradition of the annual Honors Professor lecture, Kern will discuss the subject he would choose were he able to present only one more lecture.

His comments will address the personal, cultural, and educational changes that transform our lives. Kern, who joined Colorado State in 1967, is a specialist in neutron scattering, using the neutrally charged subatomic particles to study the structure and chemistry of a variety of compounds, particularly those chemical elements known as "rare earths."

He has conducted much of his research at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago and has held a number of university, consulting and civic posts. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College in 1954 and master’s and doctoral degrees from Purdue University in 1957 and 1963, respectively.

A reception with refreshments will follow Kern’s presentation.