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Steve SpicklemireSteve Spicklemire to be Recognized as a 2018 Recipient of the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT


College Park, MD, November 8, 2017—AAPT has announced that Steve Spicklemire will receive the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during the 2018 Winter Meeting in San Diego, California.

Spicklemire earned his B.S. in physics at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN. His M.S. and Ph.D. in physics were earned at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. His teaching career began at the University of Indianapolis (UIndy), Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1988. He was Assistant Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics and Earth-Space Science and was recognized as "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" in the division of science and mathematics for the academic year 1992-1993.

In 1996 he became Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Physics and Earth-Space Science, University of Indianapolis where he focused on development of web based distance learning resources, and web interfaces to undergraduate research projects such as their radio telescope, high altitude ballooning, laboratory instrumentation, and parallel/cluster computers.

From 2011 to 2013 he was a Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy, Department of Physics, Colorado Springs , CO where he worked on developing curricula for upper level physics courses (Quantum Mechanics, Atomic and Nuclear Physics, and incorporating vpython based 3D visualization and computing projects into upper level courses.) and participating in Physics Education Research projects with the Center for Physics Education Research as well as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

He returned to UIndy June 2013 as an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Chair of the Department of Physics and Earth-Space Science.

Joining AAPT in 1990, he immediately became active in the Indiana Section of AAPT and has served as webmaster, treasurer, and Section Representative. His service to AAPT includes membership on the Committee on Laboratories.

Steve has been very active in the local Indiana section serving at times as secretary, vice-president, president and, for many years, treasurer. He is currently the Indiana section representative for the national organization. According to the nomination Spicklemire is an "outstanding teacher who has heard the message through the AAPT and has adapted modern teaching techniques in his classroom."

Regarding his selection to receive this Citation, Spicklemire said, "I am honored, deeply humbled, and not a little surprised to receive this recognition. I am certain that there are others who are much more deserving, but I do sincerely appreciate the citation."

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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