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Gay StewartGay Stewart to be Honored as a 2016 Recipient of the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT


College Park, MD, October 12, 2015—AAPT has announced that Gay Stewart will receive the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during the 2016 Winter Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Stewart, Eberly Professor of STEM Education and director of the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in STEM Education is recognized for her outstanding service as a member of the AAPT Executive Board, serving in the presidential chain from 2011 –2015.

Stewart has served as AAPT liaison to the APS Forum on Education (FEd) Executive Committee, and as chair of the FEd Executive Committee. She was a member of the PhysTEC Leadership Council, PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century, the NRC-BOSE k-12 Science Education Frameworks focus group, the APS Committee on Education, and chair of the AP Physics Redesign Commission and Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee. She is a friend of the AAPT Teacher Preparation Committee, chair of the College Board AP Physics Test Development Committee, and a member of the APS Board of Directors and Council of Representatives.

Regarding her selection to receive this award, she said, "When I was asked to run for office in AAPT, I was surprised and honored. This Association is a family to those of us who care deeply about improving physics education. To be chosen to help determine our direction was humbling. Now, to be among those recognized for their service to AAPT, with a citation named for Homer L. Dodge, who was so influential in forming AAPT is simply incredible."

About the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT
Established in 1953 and renamed in recognition of AAPT founder Homer L. Dodge in 2012, the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT is presented to members in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the association at the national, sectional, or local level.

About AAPT
AAPT is an international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial scientists—with members worldwide. Dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching, AAPT provides awards, publications, and programs that encourage teaching practical application of physics principles, support continuing professional development, and reward excellence in physics education. AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.

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