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2006 SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor
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Dr. James Borgardt, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA
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Dr. James Borgardt  
SPS President Earl Blodgett (left) presents the 2006 SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award to Dr. James Borgardt (center) while SPS Director Gary White (right) looks on.  

Dr. James Borgardt, Associate Professor of Physics and Society of Physics Students (SPS) Advisor at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, has been honored as the 2006 SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor. The Award, which was presented January 8th at the 2007 AAPT/AAS Winter Meeting in Seattle, WA, consists of a plaque and a $5,000 prize, with $3,000 going to Dr. Borgardt and $1,000 going to both the Juniata physics department and the Juniata SPS chapter.

Dr. Borgardt came to Juniata College in 1998 from the University of Arizona, where he was a lecturer in physics. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in physics from the University of Arizona, and Bachelor of Science degrees in physics and mathematics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Almost immediately after joining the faculty at Juniata, Dr. Borgardt succeeded in catapulting a floundering SPS chapter to new heights of activity, achievement, and campus recognition, and he continues to work hard to sustain and enhance the chapter's excellence. He has been instrumental in developing SPS member camaraderie, accomplishment, and pride. His inspiration and leadership are responsible for the chapter's success and present prominence, including its recognition for the last eight years in a row as an SPS Outstanding Chapter.

Dr. James Borgardt  

Dr. Borgardt has served as a post-doctoral associate at the University of Arizona and a Medical College Admissions Test Physics Instructor. He also co-founded 'Science Mentors,' a community outreach program at the University of Arizona, which promotes science education by placing college science majors in local kindergarten through grade 12 classrooms to present interactive demonstrations.

Dr. Borgardt received an Excellence in Teaching Award form the University of Arizona, an AAPT Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, and has been recognized by Lockheed Corporation for outstanding contributions to a project.

Dr. Borgardt has a number of publications dealing with ion beam analysis, nuclear reactions and nuclear microprobes. He has also presented at conferences such as the 13th International Conference on Ion Beam Analysis and the 14th International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry. He is currently serving as an officer for the Central PA section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and is a member of the American Institute of Physics, the Council on Undergraduate Research, and the Philosophy of Science Association.

He lives in Huntingdon, PA, with his wife, Jennifer, and their two young boys, Aiden and Soren.

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