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USciences Honors Elisabetta Fasella with Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

By Nicole Carrera

Published on June 1, 2020

At the 199th Commencement Ceremony, Elisabetta Fasella, PhD was honored with the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. The award is made possible through a gift from Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback, and is given to a faculty member who is chosen by students for their excellence. 

USciences President Paul Katz, MD, announced that Dr. Fasella would receive the award during the University’s first virtual commencement ceremony. While the ceremony certainly looked different than those of previous years, the sentiment and honor remained the same. Dr. Katz read excerpts from student nominations for Dr. Fasella and commended her on her dedication to her students. 

“I am very honored and grateful to be the recipient of this year’s Lindback Award” Dr. Fasella shares. “When Dr. Eric Pelletier, last year’s award recipient, contacted me to give me the news over a Zoom meeting, it was such a wonderful surprise! I’m very grateful to our students and their families, my colleagues, staff and administration for this recognition.”

Originally from Italy, Dr. Fasella now lives in Philadelphia with her family and has worked at USciences since 2003 teaching a variety of chemistry courses. In the presentation of the award, Dr. Katz shared that students report Dr. Fasella going “above and beyond” to help them understand complex material, and she is enthusiastic while doing so.

“Teaching gets me excited and gives me a sense of purpose every day, so receiving this award for teaching is like the cherry on the cake!” Dr. Fasella continues showing her dedication to students even after they’ve left USciences. “[Students] are an inspiration and motivation for our work as educators. I can’t wait to hear about the ways they will make our world better.”

In addition to teaching, Dr. Fasella also conducts research focusing on the effect of active-learning techniques on student performance in general chemistry, as well as research on green organic synthetic methods.

During this time of uncertainty amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Fasella emphasizes how proud she is of USciences students for choosing to become scientists and health care professionals. . “During this time of social isolation, we realize more than ever how interdependent we are, and how critical scientific knowledge and care for our community are.” She explains. “It is rewarding to be part of the educational journey of our students, and to support them as they get ready for the challenges and achievements of tomorrow.”

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