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Jose D. (JD) GarciaJose D. Garcia to Receive 2012 AAPT Distinguished Service Citation


College Park, MD, April 25, 2012—AAPT has announced that Jose D. (JD) Garcia will receive the association’s Distinguished Service Citation during the 2012 Summer Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Garcia is Professor of Physics Emeritus at The University of Arizona in Tucson. Throughout his career, his Research interests included time-dependent quantum models for collisions, quantum electrodynamics, physics education research, and improving science teacher education.  He earned his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Wisconsin.  His career has included a Fulbright Scholarship in Germany, and a NORDITA Fellowship in Sweden. Garcia is a Fellow of the APS and was the recipient of the APS' Bouchet Award.  He has served as a Program Officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation, was the Charter President of the National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP), and has just finished a term as President of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanas and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

A long time member of AAPT, Garcia has served as a member of the Committee on Professional Concerns, Committee on Minorities in Physics, Committee on Undergraduate Physics, and the Meetings Committee.  He has also served on several task force groups: as a member of the National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics (SPIN-UP), the Joint AAPT-APS Task Force on Graduate Education, and recently on the Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics (TTEP).  A life member of the Arizona Section of AAPT, he has coordinated the meetings of the Tucson Area Physics Teachers (TAPT), a local physics teachers' support group for more than 20 years, and is still active in promoting physics outreach efforts in Tucson.

About the Distinguished Service Citation
Distinguished Service Citations are presented to AAPT members in recognition of their exceptional contributions to AAPT at the national, section, or local level.

About AAPT
AAPT is an international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial scientists—with more than 10,000 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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