Vol. 19, No. 31

May 18, 2000

Prof gets astronomy society award

Harry Shipman, Annie Jump Cannon Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected to receive the Luther Porter Educator Award, given by the Delaware Astronomical Society. The award is given to an individual who has made a substantial contribution to astronomy education, in a formal or informal capacity.

The award honors the late Mr. Porter, who died last year. A graduate of Howard High School and the University of Pennsylvania, he taught at Howard High School for 30 years.

He was an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and served as president of Region II. He also active member in the Delaware Astronomical Society.

Shipman, a graduate of Harvard University with a master's degree and doctorate from the California Institute of Technology, carries out research on the late stages of stellar evolution, particularly studying white dwarf stars, and has published extensively in his field. As an educator, he has served on national and state committees and task forces involved in science education. He also is a fellow of UD's Math-Science Education Resource Center and a faculty leader in UD's Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education. During his career, he has received the UD excellence in teaching award and the Francis Alison Award, as well as the outstanding volunteer award from the Delaware Science Alliance.