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David Griffiths, Howard Vollum Professor of Science, physics, at Reed College, has been selected as the 1997 recipient of the Robert A. Millikan Medal, given annually by the American Association of Physics Teachers for "notable and creative contributions to the teaching of physics." Griffiths will receive a $4,000 award and an inscribed silver medal at the association's annual summer meeting in August at the University of Denver; he will present a major address as part of the ceremonial session.

David Griffiths has been a member of the Reed faculty since 1978. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is the author of Introduction to Elementary Particles (Harper and Row, 1987) and Introduction to Electrodynamics (Prentice-Hall, 1981), in addition to numerous articles and papers. Griffiths is the recipient of many awards, including a Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in 1991, chosen by his colleagues on the basis of his excellence in teaching and outstanding leadership. Griffiths has been an associate editor of the American Journal of Physics since 1986.

The Robert A. Millikan Medal was established in 1964 by the American Association of Physics Teachers. Last year's winner was a Reed alumna: Priscilla Watson Laws '61, of Dickinson College. Past winners have taught at schools that include MIT, Harvard University, and Carnegie-Mellon.