2012 Annual Report
Summer Meeting 2012
is chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching in the GSE. She runs one
of the largest programs in physics teacher preparation in the United States. She is a co-creator
of the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE) and Physics Union Mathematics
(PUM)—physics learning systems used in college and 8-12 schools.
An AAPT member since 1997, she has served AAPT on the Focus Group on the Draft
Framework, as chair of the Committee on Teacher Preparation, as a member of the Nominat-
ing Committee, and as a member of the National Task Force on Teacher Education in Phys-
ics. She is currently chair of the Physics Education Research Leadership Organizing Council
(PERLOC). She has also conducted more than 15 workshops for AAPT members at the
J. D. Garcia
is Professor of Physics Emeritus at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Through-
out his career, his research interests included time-dependent quantum models for collisions,
quantum electrodynamics, physics education research, and improving science teacher educa-
tion. He has served as a Program Officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the
National Science Foundation, was the Charter President of the National Society of Hispanic
Physicists (NSHP), and has just finished a term as President of the Society for the Advance-
ment of Chicanas and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).
A long-time member of AAPT, Garcia has served as a member of the Committee on
Professional Concerns, Committee on Minorities in Physics, Committee on Undergraduate
Physics, and the Meetings Committee. He has also served on several task force groups: as a
member of the National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics (SPIN-UP), the Joint AAPT-
APS Task Force on Graduate Education, and recently on the Task Force on Teacher Education
in Physics (TTEP). A life member of the Arizona Section of AAPT, he has coordinated the
meetings of the Tucson Area Physics Teachers (TAPT), for more than 20 years, and is still ac-
tive in promoting physics outreach efforts in Tucson.
is known for her pioneering research in the teaching and learning of
quantum mechanics. Her work has played a significant role in advancing physics education
research in advanced courses. She has also conducted research on cognitive issues in learn-
ing physics and improving student problem solving and reasoning skills. For a decade, she
has conducted workshops at the national and regional AAPT meetings. Singh has conducted
workshops on teaching quantum mechanics during New Faculty workshops. She is also the
co-organizer of the first conference on Graduate Education in Physics.
A Life Member of AAPT, Singh has served as a member of the Committee on International
Physics Education, Committee on Graduate Education in Physics, and the Programs Com-
mittee. Her work in physics education research has produced high-quality papers that have
been published in journals such as the
American Journal of Physics
Singh co-edited three Physics Education Research Conference (PERC) proceedings
and the May 2010 theme issue of
American Journal of Physics
focusing on the Gordon Confer-
ence on Experimental Research and Labs in Physics Education.
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.