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Appalachian Professor Named Editor of National Physics Journal

BOONE–As the newly appointed editor of a national physics journal Appalachian State University professor Karl Mamola hopes to strengthen the teaching of introductory physics at both the high school and college levels.

The physics and astronomy professor will lead production of nine issues each year of the “The Physics Teacher.” A publication of the American Association of Physics Teachers, “The Physics Teacher” publishes articles and notes on physics research, the history and philosophy of physics, applied physics, curriculum developments, pedagogy, lab equipment and book reviews.

The journal began in 1963 and primarily is designed for those teaching introductory physics courses.

Part journal, part magazine, “The Physics Teacher” keeps its 10,500 readers up-to-date in physics and teaching methods. About one third of the readers teach high school, while the rest teach in four-year colleges and universities. While most subscribers live in the U.S. or Canada, the journal reaches 40 other countries around the globe.

“I read this journal when I began teaching in 1965 and have been a contributor, too,” said Mamola. “The journal contains ideas to improve physics teaching and describes current research.”

For the past seven years Mamola penned a column for the journal titled “Apparatus for Teaching Physics.” His initial appointment as editor is for three and a half years.

Mamola’s first issue will be in September. The journal publishes from September to May.