Heather Lewandowski to be Recognized

Heather Lewandowski to be Recognized as a 2019 Recipient of the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT

AAPT has announced that Heather Lewandowski, will receive the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during the 2019 Winter Meeting in Houston, TX.

Lewandowski is an Associate Professor, Associate Chair and Director of the Engineering Physics Program, at the Physics Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Fellow at JILA. In 2007, She received an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, won an NSF Career Award, and received a University of Colorado Junior Faculty Development Award. She was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in STEM Education in 2010 at the University of Colorado.

Her dual research areas are in fundamental experimental molecular physics as well as Physics Education Reserach. The Lewandowski Group studies collisions and reactions of simple cold molecules and ions. In addition, she studies how students obtain experimental research skills in the context of upper-level instructional labs and undergraduate research experiences, working to transform these classroom experiences to help students better transition into a research lab environment.

Lewandowski has been an active member of AAPT since 2007 and has also been an active member of ALPhA, serving on their board since 2011. She has served on the Committee on Laboratories and was in that capacity when she also served as a member of the sub-committee that drafted the "Recommendations for the Undergraduate Physics Laboratory Curriculum" endorsed by the AAPT Executive Board in 2014. Lewandowski has also served on the Programs Committee and as a member of the American Journal of Physics Resource Letters Editorial Board from 2014-2018.

On her selection for the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, Lewandowski said, “I am very honored to receive the citation. I have found AAPT to be a very welcoming and supportive community. I hope I am able to give back to AAPT as much as I have gained from it”

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 Americaan 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.


David Wolfe

Director of Communications