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2018 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT to be Awarded to Ximena C. Cid

Ximena Cid

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College Park, MD, March 22, 2018—AAPT has announced that Ximena C. Cid, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, California State University, Dominguez Hills, California will receive the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during the 2018 Summer Meeting in Washington, DC.

Cid got her B.A. in Astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics and Applied Physics at the University of Texas, Arlington. While in graduate school she switched her field of focus from Space Physics to Physics Education Research (PER).

In switching to PER her national societies and colleagues also started switching. She found like-minded people in AAPT and STEM education communities. She is currently serving as a friend of the Committee on Diversity and has organized many sessions for AAPT over the years on diversity issues as well as cognitive load and spatial reasoning issues.

In finding out that she was selected for the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, Ximena had the following to say: 

I am very honored and extremely humbled by this news. I was raised in the spirit of community organizing and activism. As such, I have the belief that when we can empower our individual communities, everyone benefits. We share ideas and resources and teach each other with our unique voices and experiences. Diversity and equity aren't buzzwords that fade with time. Working towards diverse and equitable spaces in physics benefits the entire country. Thank you AAPT for continuing to give me space to grow as a scientist and for providing resources so that I can continue to give back what I have gained for future generations.

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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