Travel Awardee, Bassey 2013

Chris BasseyChristopher Bassey, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Mathematics and Physics
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, California
Award year: 2013
As a professor of Mathematics and Physics, Dr. Bassey is an interdisciplinary scientist whose research efforts intersect physics, engineering, and biology. The focus of his lab is to use the dielectric spectroscopy technique to study the interaction of electromagnetic waves with living and material systems.  His group has applied this technique for non-invasive detection and monitoring of sugar levels in body fluids, important for diabetes management. On the subject, he has reported extensively, including a recent article in the Biophysical Journal.

Chris Bassey is a skilled teacher, with over 20 years experience as an undergraduate educator. He has also been heavily involved in broadening participation in science. In particular, he has mentored several undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds. His students have been actively engaged in scientific research and have presented at notable research conferences, including the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).  In addition to mentoring undergraduates, Dr. Bassey has visions to expand his educational and community outreach to underserved elementary, middle, and high schools. “I envision having Science Day and Summer Science Camp for Minority Students on a regular basis,” he mentions, “where the kids come to campus for a day or week for educational activities.” He believes by engaging a young cohort, he can entice students to enter science careers more readily.
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Looking for advice on ways to enhance undergraduate learning or just hoping to start a conversation about innovative ways to involve underrepresented minorities in research? The ASM-NSF Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge (LINK) programs welcome your interest. Contact the individual awardee for details. 
LINK is sponsored by ASM with support from National Science Foundation grant no. 1241970.