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Anthony Corrado, professor of government at Colby College, and Dasan Thamattoor, assistant professor of chemistry, will both receive the 2002 Senior Class Charles Bassett Teaching Award and will deliver Colby’s final Spotlight Event lectures of the year on Thursday, May 2. Corrado and Thamattoor’s individual addresses will take place at 7 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville, Maine, campus. Corrado will discuss “Lessons on Political Reform” and Thamattoor’s talk is titled “The Bird and the Cage.”
The award, determined by a vote of the senior class, recognizes Corrado and Thamattoor as two of the most popular professors on a faculty that numbers more than 200. While the award has traditionally been given to one winner annually, this year an equal number of votes were cast for Corrado and Thamattoor. Corrado teaches courses on American politics and political theory. Widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading experts on political finance, he is currently a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, Chair of the American Bar Association’s Advisory Commission on Election Law and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Campaign Finance Institute, a nonpartisan policy organization based in Washington, D.C. Corrado is the author or coauthor of six books, including most recently, Campaign Finance Reform: Beyond the Basics and Campaign Finance Reform: A Sourcebook. He earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Catholic University and a Ph.D. from Boston College. He joined the Colby faculty in 1986.
Thamattoor teaches courses in organic chemistry and his expertise includes synthetic, mechanistic and computational organic chemistry. He has published a number of articles with Colby undergraduates including “Synthesis of Montiporynes A and B” and “The Rearrangement Pathways of 2-Hydroxy-2-methylpropylidene.” He is coauthor with chemistry professor Bradford Mundy of several sections for the forthcoming international series Science of Synthesis. Thamattoor also serves as a faculty resident in West Quad residence hall. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Government Arts and Science College and a master’s degree from Karnatak University, both in India, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He joined the Colby faculty in 1999.