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Joseph KosminskiJoseph Kozminski to be Recognized as a 2017 Recipient of the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT


College Park, MD, March 31, 2017—AAPT has announced that Joseph Kozminski will receive the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during the 2017 Summer Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kozminski is Professor and Chair, Department of Physics, Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois. 

When notified of this award, Kozminski said, "I am honored and delighted to have been selected for the Dodge Citation out of the many deserving people who contribute to the AAPT. I'm fortunate to have had the opportunity to be involved in activities aligned with my interests in undergraduate physics teaching and curriculum development, especially in the physics lab."

Kozminski earned his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

He began his teaching career as a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant at Michigan State University. In 2005 he served as Adjunct Professor at Triton College. He joined the faculty of Lewis University later that year and has continued to teach and lead the Physics Department.

Kozminski has performed extraordinary service to AAPT in a variety of positions including serving as a reviewer for American Journal of Physics, and being a member of the Executive Committee of the Undergraduate Curriculum Task Force since 2013, the Committee on Professional Concerns (2008-11), the Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education (2017-20), Meetings Committee (2015-17), and the Committee on Laboratories (2013-16). 

He served as Chair of the Lab Goals Subcommittee and took the lead in writing the "AAPT Recommendations for the Undergraduate Physics Laboratory Curriculum" that provides recommendations on developing key skills and competencies that are needed by students. The Guidelines were endorsed by the AAPT Board on November 10, 2014. 

A Life Member of AAPT, Kozminski has also provided leadership on a regional level. He has served as president of the Chicago Section of AAPT and is currently serving as Section Representative. He is Chair of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA) Physics Division and is a member of the Advanced Lab Physics Association (ALPhA) and the American Physical Society (APS).

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.

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