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Release Date: March 8, 2011ASU Logo

ASU Physics Prof Elected to State Leadership Post

Dr. Andrew Wallace, head of the Angelo State University Physics Department, was elected vice president of the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) at the 2011 Joint Texas Physics Meeting at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Wallace will serve a one-year term as vice president followed by consecutive one-year terms as president-elect, president and immediate past president. Dr. Toni Sauncy, ASU associate professor of physics, just finished her final term as immediate past president. Wallace’s election guarantees ASU will continue to have representation on the AAPT Executive Committee for four more years.

“It’s important to have representation on the AAPT Executive Committee because the organization is declining in membership and losing funding for professional development programs it delivers to high school and college physics teachers,” Wallace said. “My experience of 22 years at ASU coupled with 12 years of academic department head leadership and seven years of physics teacher quality grants should help turn the organization around.”

Also a professor of physics, Wallace has been head of the ASU Physics Department since 1998. Under his leadership, the department was recognized by Physics Today magazine as one of the top undergraduate programs in the U.S. He also oversaw the installation and coordinates the operation of ASU’s RadNet station, which monitors local air quality for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is one of only three stations on college campuses in the EPA’s Region 16. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of North Texas.

Established in 1930, the AAPT is a strong professional physics science society dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in physical science education. Its executive offices are in College Park, Md., and it has more than 10,000 members in 30 countries.

For more information, call Wallace at 942-2242.

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