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05-14-2006

Clarkson Professor David P. Wick Honored with Distinguished Teaching Award

David P. Wick of Potsdam, assistant professor of physics and director of First-Year Physics Program, was awarded the Clarkson University Distinguished Teaching Award during the 113th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 14.

The award was created in 1960 to recognize the importance of superior teaching. Clarkson University alumni nominate candidates and the recipient is chosen by a faculty committee. The prize is $1,500.

Wick received his Ph.D. from Clarkson in 1997, after earning a bachelor's and master's in mechanical engineering in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He completed graduate research at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico. His current research interests are in the areas of science education, physics of fluids, and turbulence. Wick's interest in educational research has led to curriculum developments in Physics instruction. He has published several articles in the American Journal of Physics and The Physics Teacher, documenting the pedagogy of Clarkson's Physics Team Design Program, an innovative laboratory project that provides first-year students with a research simulation experience.

Wick has mentored graduate and undergraduate students in Physics education research and is currently the research director of the McNair Scholar's Program. The McNair Scholars Program, established to better prepare first generation college undergraduate students from low-income families for doctoral study, is named after Dr. Ronald E. McNair. A laser physicist and astronaut, McNair was one of the victims of the tragic 1986 Challenger accident.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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