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ODU Society of Physics Students Wins National Honor

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter at Old Dominion University has been named an Outstanding SPS Chapter for 2008. This is the third straight year that the ODU chapter has received this national recognition; the chapter also won the title in 2002.

"The selection is based on the depth and breath of SPS activities conducted by your chapter in such areas as physics research, public science outreach, physics tutoring programs, hosting and representation of physics meetings and events, and providing social interaction for chapter members," wrote SPS Director Gary White in a letter announcing the award to chapter sponsor Lawrence Weinstein, University Professor of physics at ODU.

White also is associate director of education for the American Institute of Physics, which is the parent organization of SPS. An average of about eight percent of the nation's 700 SPS chapters are judged to be outstanding each year.

Weinstein sent a congratulatory message to the chapter members, and singled out chapter president Brian Wieland "for his energy and enthusiasm."

Chris Platsoucas, dean of the ODU College of Sciences, also congratulated Weinstein and the chapter. "This is an outstanding accomplishment, and the fact that you have received this award for several years is truly exceptional," the dean wrote in a proclamation. "Your chapter and its activities help make student life at Old Dominion vibrant and unique. Your chapter sets a fine example for organizations across campus to follow."

This article was posted on: February 9, 2009

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