Duane B. MerrellDuane B. Merrell Becomes President of AAPT


College Park, Maryland, January 25, 2023—As the Winter 2023 Meeting came to a close the presidential gavel was presented to Duane Merrell. He will serve as President of the American Association of Physics Teachers for the coming year. Merrell, Associate Teaching Professor, Physics and Astronomy at Brigham Young University (BYU) has been a member of AAPT since 1989 and has served in several positions, including as a Physics Teachers Resource Agent (PTRA).  With more than 20 years of teaching experience in public schools, he was hired by BYU to prepare secondary physical science teachers and has worked with nearly 300 students who have been graduated to become secondary physical science teachers.

One of Merrell’s goals is to give back to a community of physics teachers that have impacted his teaching, and help AAPT make physics available and to all.

A past member and chair of the AAPT Committee on Teacher Preparation, Merrell had also been a member of the Committee on Physics in High School, Lotze Scholarship Committee, and the Committee on Laboratories.

In 2017 he was recognized with the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT.

About AAPT
The AAPT is the premier national organization and authority on physics and physical science education with members worldwide. Our mission is to advance the greater good through physics education. We provide our members with many opportunities for professional development, communication, and student enrichment. We serve the larger community through a variety of programs and publications. AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.

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