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Jennifer Blue Jennifer Blue Named as Recipient of the 2024 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT


College Park, MD, November 13, 2023—AAPT has announced that Jennifer Blue will receive the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during their 2024 Winter Meeting. Blue is honored for her long standing leadership in pioneering efforts to establish, and encourage others to establish, a sound research basis that will lead to solving the issue of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the study of physics.

Blue has been a member of AAPT since 1995; she has served on the Committee on Women in Physics, the Nominating Committee, the Committee on Professional Concerns, the Programs Committee, and as a leader of the Southern Ohio AAPT Section.

Regarding her selection to receive this citation, Blue said, “This is a great honor. AAPT has been my professional home since I was in graduate school, and I’m happy to be part of the great work the organization is doing.”

Blue is currently the Associate Dean, College of Arts and Science, and Professor of Physics at Miami University, Oxford, OH. Her work has impacted physics education and physics educators for over three decades. As a physics education researcher, she has supported the mission of AAPT by working diligently to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in physics education with her research work and in service on AAPT committees. She is also active in the AAPT Southern Ohio section. Her work has been pivotal in inviting physicists in all stations to examine the state of DEI in the physics community.

Nominators noted “she has continued to investigate and encourage others to investigate the reasons behind our field’s slow attainment of population parity for all minority populations by emphasizing the need to build on sound theory, past results, and appropriate analysis techniques.”; “She leads quietly and thoughtfully, which may be overlooked in favor of louder leadership.”; “The physics community would be significantly better if we had more people like Jennifer who were truly invested in others, because they care about others, period.”

About the Award
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.

For more information: Contact David Wolfe, Director of Communications, dwolfe@aapt.org, (301) 209-3322, (301) 209-0845 (Fax), www.aapt.org.