The American Association of Physics Teachers will present Dobson Professor of Physics Paul Stanley with the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service in July. The international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial scientists will recognize Stanley for his work with the U.S. Physics Team, a group of top high school physics students. He is one of four to receive the honor. Stanley started coaching the U.S. Physics Team during summers in 2003 and became its academic director in 2009, a role he continues in today.
Besides coaching, Stanley developed the tests that identify potential team members. The pile of medals the team has earned at the International Physics Olympiad on his watch include 22 gold, 16 silver, two bronze, and two special awards. But Stanley was cited by the AAPT for more than bringing home medals. “Being director also means providing a valuable experience studying physics during a 10-day camp for some of the brightest high school students in the United States. Paul has the right balance of creating a supportive environment and pushing students to do their best.”
At Beloit this spring, Stanley also received the Phee Boon Kang’73 Prize for Innovation in Teaching with Technology for his work with 3-D visualization hardware. He is using the technology to help Beloit students understand complex physical phenomena.