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Tech Alumna Receives Service Award

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Arkansas Tech graduate Dr. Karen Williams (photographed right) received the Winter 2010 American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Distinguished Service Citation.  Williams, a professor of physics at East Central University in Oklahoma, received the award for her work with the Society of Physics students.

Williams has been on the faculty at East Central University since 1998, and organizers of the AAPT say she has likely influenced thousands of future physics teachers during her tenure.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University, a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Williams has been active in the AAPT for two decades, and she has presented various workshops at section meetings and has been a presenter at numerous AAPT national meetings.

She also served as a co-principal investigator or lead teacher in two National Science Foundation grants to train teachers in teaching physical science. The AAPT is an international organization for physics educators, physicists and industrial scientists with more than 10,000 members.  The group works to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.