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Kathryn Moler Recognized as 2011 Recipient of the Richtmyer Award for Outstanding Leadership in Physics Education
The Richtmyer Award will be presented to Dr. Moler at a Ceremonial Session of the AAPT Winter Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida, on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Following the presentation, Dr. Moler will deliver a keynote address.
Alex Dickison, Chairman, AAPT Awards Committee, said, “Kathryn Moler is a perfect fit for the Richtmyer Award. She is a top notch, excellent physicist who also has the ability to explain her work to the public.”
Moler is a graduate of Stanford University where she earned both her bachelor's degree and her Ph.D. in Physics (in 1988 and 1995 respectively). She is currently Associate Professor of Applied Physics and Physics, Stanford University, a faculty member of the Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Deputy Director of the DOE-support Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Science, and Director of the Center for Probing the Nanoscale, an NSF NSEC.C. In her position, Moler fabricates microscopic sensors and uses them to study the magnetic behavior of superconductors. Like most science professors, her time is divided among preparing lectures, writing scientific papers, traveling, and working in the lab.
She has received many prestigious awards including the Carrington Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching 1988, Stanford Centennial Teaching Assistant 1990, William L. McMillan Award for “outstanding contributions in condensed matter physics” 1999, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers 2000-2005, the National Science Foundation Career Award (1999-2003) and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering from 2001-2006.
Regarding the Richtmyer Award, Mohler stated, “It makes me feel humble when I think about all of the physics educators across the country, and how hard they are working to teach people to appreciate science. It's an honor to receive the Richtmyer Award and to come to the AAPT meeting in this context.”
About the Award
The previous recipients of the Richtmyer Award include Vera Rubin, Alex Filippenko, Arthur H. Compton, Enrico Fermi, Philip Morrison, and Steven Chu. The complete list of winners can be found at http://www.aapt.org/Programs/awards/richtmyer.cfm.