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David Weaver2016 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT to be Awarded to David Weaver

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College Park, MD, October 9, 2015–AAPT has announced that David Weaver has received the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during the 2016 Winter Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Weaver, a member of AAPT since 1992, recently retired from teaching at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (C-GCC) in Chandler, Arizona where he served as a division chair, occupational program designer and director, occupational dean, faculty senate president, member and chair of the C-GCC Instructional Technology committee, chair and co-chair of district-wide instructional technology initiatives, curriculum design facilitator, staff development coordinator, and district-wide chair of the physics instructional council. He received Emeritus distinction from C-GCC and is currently teaching at Estrella Mountain Community College as a sabbatical replacement.

His contributions to AAPT include service at both the national and the local level. Nationally, he has served on the Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges as a member and also as chair, member of the Programs Committee, Secretary of the Section Representatives and as Co-Chair of the AAPT Ad Hoc Committee on Alternative Access. Locally, David served as president, vice president, two-year college representative, and section representative of the Arizona section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. 

He is known as a leader in the two-year college community. Tom O'Kuma noted that David "has been involved in every major two-year college initiative of AAPT." He was active in the TYC21 (Two-Year College for the Twenty-First Century) and the SPIN-UP/TYC project. Weaver has organized and presented many invited and contributed workshops/talks on various topics nationally and locally. He served as president, vice president, two-year college representative, and section representative of the Arizona section of the American Association of Physics Teachers over many years.

Regarding his selection to receive this honor, Weaver said, "Isaac Newton is famous for declaring, "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Tom O'Kuma and Curt Hieggelke were the first physics teaching giants I met in '92. Soon after, I met many other giants like Robert Beck Clark, David Hestenes, Dwain Desbien, and others too numerous to mention. I owe whatever success I've had in the classroom to the many giants I've been privileged to work with." 

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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