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February 2007

Release Date: February 7, 2007

ASU Physics Group Wins National Grant Award

The Angelo State University chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been honored with a Marsh W. White Award and corresponding grant from the SPS National Organization.

The ASU group will use the $300 grant to help fund its service project “ Angelo State University’s SPS Peer Pressure Team Goes Hollywood: Video Physics to Enhance Community Outreach Programs.” The project includes producing a physics demonstration DVD and printed support materials to help enhance the Peer Pressure Team’s science outreach efforts.

The Peer Pressure Team regularly presents programs to local and regional elementary and secondary school students to get them excited about science. The goal of the new DVD and support materials is to provide those students and their teachers with a helpful and lasting tool that can be used as a follow-up to a PPT visit or for viewing when the team is not available.

The award is named in honor of Marsh W. White for his long years of service to Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, where he served on the board from 1930-1990. The awards are given to SPS projects designed to promote interest in physics among students and the public. This is the second such award for ASU’s Society of Physics Students, the first coming in 2003 and providing start-up funds for the Peer Pressure Team.

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