Valerie K. Otero, professor of education, has been honored as one of two prominent University of Colorado Boulder faculty members who work to improve science education and have been designated as 2021 fellows by the American Physical Society (APS), the association has announced.
The APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who have advanced the field of physics through research and publication or have made significant innovative contributions by application of physics to science and technology. Each year, no more than 0.5% of the APS’s non-student membership is recognized for election to the status of Fellow.
Otero, who is was elected alongside of CU Boulder's Katherine K. Perkins of the Physics Department, is professor of science education in the School of Education. She is also the executive director and co-founder of the Colorado Learning Assistant Programand the International Learning Assistant Alliance and co-founder and co-director of the CU Boulder Center for STEM Learning and the PEER Physics project.
The APS cited her for “the creation and broad dissemination of innovative physics curricular materials, pioneering contributions to physics teacher education and professional development, and for the development, implementation and wide dissemination of the Learning Assistant Model across diverse institutions.”