Edward E. Prather Recognized with AAPT 2011 David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching
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College Park, Maryland, United States, March 18, 2011— The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced today Edward E. Prather is the recipient of 2011 David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching Award. Prather is Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy-Steward Observatory, at the University of Arizona where he serves as Executive Director of the NSF, NASA, and JPL funded Center for Astronomy Education (CAE). This award is given in recognition of contributions to undergraduate physics teaching and awardees are chosen for their extraordinary accomplishments in communicating the excitement of physics to their students. John
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This prestigious award will be presented to Dr. Prather during the AAPT Summer Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, where he will also present a paper. When informed of his selection for this award, Prather said, “When I was an undergraduate physics major I spent countless hours pouring over my Halliday and Resnick physics textbook - it was my physics bible. It is quite an honor to be recognized, with this particular award, for something I am so passionate about—sharing my love of physics and astronomy with undergraduates, and hopefully instilling in these students just how important science is to our society and to our everyday lives.”
Prather received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Maine. He predominantly teaches large-enrollment general education introductory college Astronomy courses, but also has taught in-person and online graduate courses both in astronomy and astronomy education, as well as calculus-based intro. physics courses, physics courses for non-majors, and physics courses for pre and in-service teachers. In 2004 he became Executive Director of the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) at the University of Arizona, where he has led research programs to investigate students' conceptual and reasoning difficulties in the areas of astronomy, astrobiology, physics, and planetary science resulting in the development of innovative instructional strategies that engage learners and significantly improve their understanding of fundamental Earth and space science concepts.
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