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Curricular innovation by APSU physics profs recognized, to be published in national magazine

Two Austin Peay State University physics professors are to be recognized nationally for developing physics courses that innovatively integrate computing.

Dr. Jaime Taylor, professor of physics and chair of the department of physics and astronomy, and Dr. Alex King, associate professor of physics, were selected as one of four winners out of more than 250 entries in a recent initiative by Computing in Science and Engineering (CiSE) magazine.
Two Austin Peay State University physics professors are to be recognized nationally for developing physics courses that innovatively integrate computing.

Dr. Jaime Taylor, professor of physics and chair of the department of physics and astronomy, and Dr. Alex King, associate professor of physics, were selected as one of four winners out of more than 250 entries in a recent initiative by “Computing in Science and Engineering” (CiSE) magazine.

Norman Chonacky, editor in chief of the magazine, commissioned the national study to establish a baseline of current practice in this area of curricular innovation.

In a July 29, 2006, letter to the two men, Chonacky congratulated Taylor and King. “Your work was paradigmatic in one of the four categories identified … as distinctive approaches to the challenge,” Chonacky said. “Taken together, the works of the four awardees are exemplary of what can be done.”

According to Chonacky, during the following year, he and his staff plan to develop a program that enables any physics instructor to integrate computation into physics instruction.

He said in his letter, “To start the national discussion, CiSE will publish five papers, yours included, based on the invited talks presented at the recent national AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) in Syracuse.”

Titled “Computation in Undergraduate Physics Courses,” Taylor and King's paper will be published in the September/October issue of Computing Science and Engineering magazine.
For more information, contact Taylor or King by telephone at (931) 221-6116 or by e-mail at taylorj@apsu.edu or kinga@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke