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Dr. Karen Williams
Worth Seagondollar Service Award
Dr. Karen Williams
East Central University
Karen Williams has been an outstanding teacher of physics and mentor to young scientists. As a chapter advisor for the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and the National Physics Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma (ΣΠΣ), she has led small bands of students with limited resources to do great things. Her chapter has been consistently active and recognized as outstanding nationally. She has also been a leader of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) in her region. Dr. Williams was elected to serve as a Zone Councilor of SPS, ably representing the SPS Chapters of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. After only one year on the SPS National Council, she was elected President of SPS and quickly learned to lead the National Council with grace, vigor, and good cheer. Dr. Williams served tirelessly. Under her stewardship, the responsibilities of the presidency grew dramatically, as the SPS President came to represent the societies to the Annual Meeting of the Member Societies of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and at the annual meeting of AIP Corporate Associates, helping to bring together physicists from industry and academe. While president, she oversaw the most successful congress in the history of ΣΠΣ. Karen Williams accomplished all of this with energy, organization, enthusiasm, and good fellowship.
PhD University of Oklahoma, 1998 Area of Interest: Medical Physics, Photothermal deflection spectroscopy in flames, Physics Education Mailing address: East Central University 1100 E. 14th St., PMB D-5 Ada, OK 74820 Courses taught: General Physical Science, General Physics I/II and labs, Modern Physics, Optics, Nuclear Physics, Jr. Phys Lab, Physics of Star Trek, Medical Physics, Optics for Optometrists, Ultrasound Physics Lab. Awards: Received ECU Teacher Excellence Award 1999-2000, 2008-2009. Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2003 OSSEF Hall of Fame 2005 Worth Seagondollar Service Award -2008 Distinguished Service Citation -AAPT 2010