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Dr. Steve Feller honored with Worth Seagondollar Award

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Dr. Steve Feller (left).  

Previous recipient Karen Williams (right), East Central University (OK), presents Steve Feller, Coe College (IA), with the Sigma Pi Sigma Worth Seagondollar Award at the 2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress in Orlando, FL, November 10, 2012.

ORLANDO, FL—Dr. Steve Feller, Coe College (IA), was presented with the prestigious Sigma Pi Sigma Worth Seagondollar Award at the 2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress, held November 8-10, 2012, in Orlando, FL. The citation for Dr. Feller’s award reads as follows:

Steven A. Feller, has been both an exemplary researcher in the area of glass physics and an extraordinary mentor of young scientists at Coe College, directing both his own research group as well as the college Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, and has been an inspirational leader for its Society of Physics (SPS) Chapter, recognized as the Outstanding Chapter Advisor nationally in 2000, serving two terms as SPS Zone 11 Councilor, providing leadership for SPS’s program to study the effectiveness of the Undergraduate Research Experience in Physics, serving two terms as Sigma Pi Sigma President, and having led the planning for both the 2008 and 2012 Sigma Pi Sigma Congresses, to great acclaim.  In every way, he has served the Physics Community, Sigma Pi Sigma, and the Society of Physics Students with distinction.

The Worth Seagondollar Award recognizes extraordinary levels of service and commitment to Sigma Pi Sigma and the Society of Physics Students. Awardees are determined by unanimous vote of the Executive Committee of the SPS National Council. The award was first presented to its namesake, Worth Seagondollar, North Carolina State University, at the 1996 Congress of Sigma Pi Sigma, held in Atlanta, GA. The quadrennial congresses have served as appropriate venues to make subsequent award presentations, including George Miner, University of Dayton (OH), in 2000; Peggy Dixon (posthumously), Montgomery College (MD), in 2004; Karen Williams, East Central University (OK), in 2008; and most recently, Steve Feller, Coe College (IA) in 2012.

Worth Seagondollar was a member of the Manhattan Project, first to measure the critical mass of Plutonium, and present at the Trinity Test. He was a very successful SPS chapter advisor at both the University of Kansas and North Carolina State University, and was a leading nuclear physicist. Seagondollar played a central role, as Sigma Pi Sigma President in the merger of the AIP Student Sections and Sigma Pi Sigma that created the Society of Physics Students (SPS). Selected also as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, he was an active member of numerous professional organizations, and is now a professor emeritus at NC State University.