Mike Loverude heads research efforts to advance learning, teaching of science and math in his new role as Director of the CSUF Catalyst Center.

The appointment is now official and Mike has been highlighted in a recent edition of Inside CSUF. His new duties will continue for the next three years.  

The selection recognizes Mike's long-term commitment to excellence in research but also his vision for moving science and math education forward on campus. 

Mike teaching thermo with a surprise visit from President Gordon to present the 2009 Carol Barnes Award.Mike teaching thermo with a surprise visit from President Gordon to present the 2009 Carol Barnes Award.

Mike received the 2009 Carol Barnes Outstanding Teacher Award, given to one professor on campus each year. Mike is currently serving a two year term on the campus-wide WASC Accreditation Steering Committee, and also served recently as chair of the campus Graduate Education Committee. He continues to help run the physics department serving as department Vice Chair and chair of the Personnel Committee. All the while, he manages to keep a steady stream of NSF grants and proposals flowing while co-chairing the planning committees of two international Physics Education Research conferences. 

Mike is among the department's most popular faculty, and among our majors highly appreciated as teacher and mentor. Among his colleagues, Mike is greatly respected for his thoughtful and articulate nature while committing generously and diligently to department chores.

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Mike remains humble about his varied and remarkable accomplishments and prefers a friendly, down-to-earth approach to campus life.