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My wife is smarter than I am December 4, 2007

Posted by gordonwatts in physics life.

Paula was elected as an APS fellow this year! That is fantastic! The other reason I  know she is smart? If you type her name into Google, the first page is all her!

I also note that Matt Strassler, another friend of mine, was elected.

When I first told Paula I was going to write this, she said “aren’t you supposed to write about things that people don’t already know?!” What can I say…



1. Nick - December 4, 2007

Sounds good.
What does it mean?

2. Nick - December 5, 2007

Seriously, what does it mean?
This stuff is a mystery to the me.

3. gordonwatts - December 5, 2007

The APS is the American Physical Society.- so pretty much all physicists in the USA and some fraction abroad belong. Both academics and professional. It is quite big. Each year they vote in a number of people as fellows — they are voted for a specific reason – Paula, for example: “For her leadership in the physics education research community and development and active dissemination of research-based curricula that significantly impact physics instruction throughout the world.” So, in order to be given a fellow, you have to have done something specific, special, and it has to have been recognized broadly by the community as such.

Many people go to the end of their careers without getting recognized.

And she gets to make a presentation at the large APS meeting next year in a session that honors the recipients.

4. Fred - December 6, 2007

Congratulations to your wife. Does this mean she gets another trump card over you?

5. gordonwatts - December 6, 2007

Yes. Not that she dosen’t have already… Must work harder… 🙂

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