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Karl Mamola to receive 2015 Oersted Medal

College Park, Md.—Retired Appalachian State University professor Karl C. Mamola has been named the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Oersted Medal, presented by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The medal will be awarded at a ceremonial session of the 2015 AAPT Winter Meeting in January in San Diego in recognition of his significant contributions to physics education through his roles as editor of The Physics Teacher and as mentor for students, prospective authors, column editors, reviewers and others.

Ramsdell receives excellence in teaching award

BOONE—Carla Ramsdell has received the Faculty Award for Excellence in General Education teaching from University College at Appalachian State University. She is a lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Students and professors part of NASA-funded Goddard Space Flight Center project

BOONE—Three Appalachian State University engineering physics majors have been selected to work with Goddard Space Flight Center scientists on a two-year, nearly $300,000 project funded by NASA’s Smallsat Technology Development Program.

Researchers study atmospheric aerosols and changing weather

BOONE—Professor Jim Sherman enjoys the area’s mesmerizing blue skies as much as anyone else. But it’s the particles known as aerosols found in the atmosphere that intrigue him the most.

Grant help students conduct biotechnology research

BOONE—Collagen, Raman-tweezers and nanotechnology are all well-known words for three Appalachian State University undergraduate physics majors.

Burris receives Durham Freshman Advocate Award

BOONE—Could there be higher praise for an educator than this?

“She made me enjoy college and regain my joy for learning, she helped me get into and enjoy research, and she helped me succeed as a student and as a person. Dr. Jennifer Burris is the ideal recipient of this award because she is the definition of an educator.”

Research on atmospheric particles helps scientists better understand regional climate

BOONE—The Southeastern U.S. has not experienced the same warming that has occurred across much of the world during the past century. Researchers and climate educators at Appalachian State University are conducting research to better understand why that is happening.