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February 2007

Release Date: February 12, 2007

National Recognition for ASU Student Physics Group

The national Society of Physics Students has once again designated the Angelo State University chapter an Outstanding Chapter, ranking it in the top 10 percent of society chapters nationwide for the 2005-06 school year.

The ASU group has received this award for five consecutive years and is currently one of only five “outstanding chapters” in Texas. The award is based on a chapter’s community outreach activities, the number of active members and involvement with local and national physics communities.

Chapter activities were spearheaded by the Peer Pressure Team’s “Physics on the Road” program that features physics demonstration visits to local and area schools. Chapter members also judged local school science fairs, marched in the Homecoming parade and participated in campus summer orientation (SOAR) programs.

Members even put a scientific spin on their annual Thanksgiving canned food drive, using the cans to demonstrate physical properties like gravity and friction. ASU was also the site for the joint spring 2006 meeting of the Texas sections of the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Society of Physics Students.

There are about 100 physics majors at ASU. Weekly SPS meetings usually attract 30-40 participants and attendance is on the rise.

"The ASU SPS is a very active group on campus and provides a strong sense of community for physics students,” said Dr. Toni Sauncy, associate professor of physics and the group’s faculty adviser. “It is my pleasure to be associated with these young people.”

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