Computational science education awards announced at SC

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HPCwire reported on Sunday that three awards recognizing k-12, undergraduate, and graduate computational science education were announced Sunday at SC

Dr. Wolfgang Christian, Davidson College, was selected as the 2007 UCES award winner for pioneering efforts in computational physics education….Christian and collaborators Mario Bellini, Anne Cox, Harvey Gould, Jan Tobochnik, and Douglas Brown developed the Open Source Physics (OSP) project that creates computer-based simulations for teaching introductory physics and published the computational physics textbook “Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods” (Gould, Tobochnik, and Christian). The OSP project has also created a code library for teaching computational physics and is developing curricular material for upper level physics courses.

Ms. Charlotte Trout, Williamsport High School in Washington County, Maryland, was selected as the inaugural 2007 Verona Computational Science Teacher Leader Award winner for her exemplary use of computer-based models, simulations, and visualizations to enhance student learning in the K-12 classroom and her active participation in sharing computational science strategies and methods with others.

Mr. Eddie Maldonado, a junior physics major at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) involved in computational physics research with Dr. Mike Roth, is the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Robert M. Pannoff Award. Maldonado presents an admirable example of continued academic growth, starting from a limited background in science and computing. When he arrived at UNI with an Associate of Arts degree from Muscatine Community College (Iowa), he graduated with an Economics degree from UNI. However, in the middle of earning his economics degree he took a beginning course in physics which inspired him to also pursue a Physics degree.