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BYU was recognized as the nation's top producer of trained physics teach­ers, according to the American Physical Society (APS). 

BYU prepared a record 21 physics teachers in a single year. "Duane Merrell and his colleagues have an exemplary program that dovetails with BYU's enduring support for the teaching profes­sion," said Monica Plisch, APS director of education and diversity. "We thank them for this very substantial contribution to alleviating the severe national short­age of physics teachers and serving as a model for other physics departments."