Andrew Zwicker is a physicist and science educator. The American Association of Physics Teachers has named him to its list of 75 leading contributors to physics education. For the past three years Zwicker has taken college undergraduates and K-12 teachers aboard the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s “Weightless Wonder” aircraft. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the APS Committee on Education and a past chair of the APS Forum on Physics and Society. He is also a member of the Education and Workforce Development Task Force for the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficient Buildings, a lecturer in the Princeton University Writing Program and a faculty advisor for freshmen and sophomores in the university’s Rockefeller College. Zwicker and a collaborator won the 2006 Art of Science competition at Princeton University for a photograph entitled “Plasma Table.” In 2012 Zwicker and a collaborator won an honorable mention for a video explaining a flame in a contest created by actor Alan Alda and the Center for Communicating Science at SUNY-Stony Brook.
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