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October 2007

Release Date: October 3, 2007

ASU Physics Professor Nabs National Award

Dr. Toni Sauncy, associate professor of physics at Angelo State University, has been named the Society of Physics Students (SPS) Outstanding Chapter Adviser by the SPS National Council.

A seven-year ASU faculty member, Sauncy was chosen for the award from a field of 15 nominees. To be eligible for the award, advisers must be from SPS groups that have received an Outstanding Chapter designation within the previous two years. The ASU chapter has achieved that designation for the past six years.

“The award speaks volumes, not just about the current group of students that I am fortunate to work with, but the history of students who have worked hard to build the Angelo State SPS chapter to its current status,” Sauncy said. “The ASU chapter had the most program activity in the country.”

Sauncy was nominated for the award by ASU graduate Andy Russell, former president of the ASU SPS, with letters of support from Dr. Andrew Wallace, head of ASU’s Physics Department; Dr. David Loyd, professor of physics; and current and former students. The award includes a $5,000 prize, of which 60 percent will go to Sauncy, 20 percent to the ASU Physics Department, and 20 percent to the ASU chapter of SPS.

A long-time supporter of SPS, Sauncy was a member of the organization while a student at Texas Tech University. She was the SPS chapter adviser at Western Illinois University from 1998-2000 and became co-adviser to the ASU chapter shortly after her arrival in 2000. She has been ASU’s full-time adviser since 2001 and currently represents Zone 13 (all of Texas except El Paso) on the SPS National Council.

The award was announced at a meeting of the SPS National Council on Sept. 27 in Washington, D.C. It will be formally presented to Sauncy in January during the National Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting in Baltimore.

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