Texas A&M physicist Tatiana Erukhimova explains the scientific properties of superconductors to a group of Texas A&M Physics Show attendees.


Dr. Tatiana Erukhimova, instructional associate professor of physics and astronomy at Texas A&M University, has been selected as vice chair of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Committee on Science Education for the Public, effective January 2019.

Established in 1930 as the first association dedicated to improving physics education, AAPT is a professional membership organization made up of scientists who seek to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching. The Committee on Science Education for the Public is one of 19 area committees that help with AAPT governance by advising the Board of Directors, the Executive Office and the Association at-large on issues relating to their particular areas of focus.

Each committee typically has nine members, including six appointed by the Nominating Committee and three appointed by the President-Elect. Viewed as the Association's intellectual resource and knowledge base in their respective areas, these committees are expected to identify related issues and practices of significance and to carry out projects and initiatives that will advance education in physics in general as well as the mission of AAPT while supporting its strategic priorities and interests.

During her three-year term which runs through 2021, Erukhimova will help the Committee on Science Education for the Public find ways to more effectively convey physics concepts, the importance of science literacy and research, and the interaction between science and society to the public in both formal and informal educational settings.

Erukhimova, a faculty member and outreach coordinator in the Texas A&M Department of Physics and Astronomy since 2006, earned her Ph.D. from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1999. For more than a decade, she has excelled in teaching large introductory physics classes, combining high expectations with devoted support to transform the relationship her students have with physics. In the process of building confidence while blending fundamental physics concepts with an atmosphere of excitement and fun, Erukhimova has helped countless students see physics in their every day and understand not only its relevance but also its appeal.

Erukhimova's passion for inspiring learning through science has motivated the creation of several innovative programs at Texas A&M that integrate education with science outreach and community service, including DEEP (Discover, Explore and Enjoy Physics and Engineering), the Texas A&M Physics Show, Just Add Science and Real Physics Live. She is a co-organizer of the annual Mitchell Institute Physics Enhancement Program (MIPEP), a two-week summer professional development enrichment for physics teachers from Texas high schools. In addition, Erukhimova coordinates the annual Texas A&M Physics and Engineering Festival, an event that attracts several thousand visitors to campus each spring.

In 2017, Erukhimova was recognized with the Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence Award, the most prestigious faculty honor bestowed by Texas A&M in recognition of classroom performance. In addition, she was a plenary presenter for Texas A&M's inaugural two-day Transformational Teaching & Learning Conference, held April 17-18, 2018. A three-time recipient of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching -- one university level and two college level -- she also was recognized three times as part of the Texas A&M University System Student Led Awards for Teaching Excellence (SLATE) program. In addition, Erukhimova has received the John E. Trott Jr. Award in Student Recruiting and the Sigma Xi Outstanding Science Communicator Award.

Prior to joining the Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy faculty, Erukhimova completed postdoctoral studies and served four years as an assistant research scientist in the Texas A&M Department of Atmospheric Sciences (2002-2006). She is a co-author along with Texas A&M Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Dr. Gerald R. North of the textbook Atmospheric Thermodynamics, published by Cambridge University Press (2009).

To learn more about Erukhimova and her teaching, research and service efforts, visit https://physics.tamu.edu/people/etanya/.

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About the American Association of Physics Teachers: AAPT is an international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial scientists -- with members worldwide. Dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching, AAPT provides awards, publications and programs that encourage teaching practical application of physics principles, support continuing professional development and reward excellence in physics education. AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland. For more information, visit www.aapt.org.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Tatiana Erukhimova, (979) 845-5644 or etanya@tamu.edu

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  • Erukhimova with 2015 Texas A&M Physics and Engineering Festival headliner and world-famous string theorist Brian Greene.

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