Marie PlumbMarie Plumb to Receive the 2015 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT


College Park, MD, March 17, 2015—AAPT has announced that Marie Plumb will receive the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during the 2015 Summer Meeting in College Park, Maryland.

Plumb, Professor of Physics (Retired) at Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY has served as a member of Steering Committee and Co-chair of a national meeting for the Two Year Colleges in the 21st Century Project;PI and co-PI on several NSF Grants;instituted an ongoing outreach program to bring hands on science activities to a local elementary school;served as reviewer of grants for NSF;participated in PEPTYC program at Texas A&M;and hosted TYC workshops. She served on the Statistical Research Committee of the American Institute of Physics (2011-2015) and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Dresser Rand Challenger Center, a member of the National Challenger Center Association. She was recognized with the Outstanding Physics Graduate Student Award (1990);Outstanding Educator Award (2000);Presidents Award for Excellence in Teaching (2003);and New York State Chancellor's Award for Excellence (2004).

She earned her B.S. and M.S. in Physics at St. Bonaventure University in New York, her M.A.T. in Mathematics at the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. in Science Education at State University of New York at Buffalo.

Her AAPT service includes numerous committees including, as a member of the Committee on Research in Undergraduate Education (1995-1998);member of the Committee on Women in Physics, (1998-2001, 2005-2008), and Chair (2007);member of Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges (2001-2004), and Chair (2002-2004);and member of Nominating Committee. She served as the At Large two-year College Representative on the AAPT Executive Board from 2009 –2012.  Additionally, Plumb volunteered for the SEES program from 2009-2011

Regarding her selection to receive this award, she said, "My AAPT colleagues have been and continue to be my physics family. The AAPT is synonymous with excellence in physics education. I am grateful to my colleagues for considering me worthy of this honor. I would like to thank each of them. I would especially like to thank Tom O'Kuma who not only introduced me to AAPT so very many years ago, but who also nominated me for this honor."

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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