2011 APS Fellows Nominated by the Forum on Education
At its November meeting, the American Physical Society Council elected to Fellowship six people nominated by the Forum on Education. The contributions of these new Fellows range from seminal scholarship in physics education to extraordinary leadership of a national society.
Bruce Mason, an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, was cited for his outstanding leadership as director of the ComPADRE project and as the editor of the MERLOT physics collection of educational resources. Bruce received his B.A. from Oberlin College and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He has been at the University of Oklahoma since 1989 and before that he performed research at the University of Illinois.
John Mateja, Director of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activities at Murray State University, has worked tirelessly to improve undergraduate education through the participation of undergraduates in research. His efforts have been at the local, state, and national levels. John earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Notre Dame and recently completed a term as a program officer at NSF.
Jose Mestre, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Physics and Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, has made ground-breaking applications of the principles and methodologies from cognitive science to physics education research. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts and was on the faculty there before moving to the University of Illinois.
David Van Baak currently is a Professor at Calvin College and was honored for developing equipment and tutorials for use in laboratory-based physics education. He earned his B.S. from Calvin College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Before joining the faculty at Calvin College, he was an NRC postdoctoral fellow at JILA.
Gary White, who works at the American Institute of Physics, was cited for his inspired leadership of the Society of Physics Students, successfully facilitating the participation of undergraduates in local and national activities. Gary earned his B.S. degree at the University of Louisiana (now Northeast Louisiana University) and his Ph.D. from Texas A & M University. Before coming to AIP, he taught at NSU in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Lawrence Woolf is Principal Optical Scientist in the Advanced Technology Group at General Atomics in San Diego and was commended for his extensive work in teacher professional development, for his assistance to California school districts, and for his leadership in K-12 science education at the national level. He received his A.B. from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.
Peter J. Collings, Chair
Forum on Education Fellowship Committee
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