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Physics professor becomes fifth Piper Professor from ACU

By Floyd Miller



Dr. Paul Edwin Morris, professor of physics and philosophy at Abilene Christian University, has been selected as a 2008 Piper Professor, becoming part of the distinguished group of professors honored by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation since 1958. Morris is only the fifth ACU professor to receive this distinction.”Dr. Paul Morris joins {{more}} a distinguished list of ACU recipients of the prestigious Piper Professorship Award,” said Dr. Royce Money, president of ACU. “Known by students and colleagues alike as an extraordinary physics scholar, philosopher and classroom teacher, Dr. Morris exhibits the very best in the pursuit of academic excellence through the eyes of the Christian faith at ACU. Our heartfelt congratulations go to him for this recognition of his life’s work.”Piper candidates are nominated by institutions of higher learning throughout the state of Texas. The nominations are reviewed by a selection committee that looks for well-rounded, outgoing teachers who are devoted to the profession, and have made a special impact on their students and the community.”I am extremely proud of this recognition for my teaching and I owe a great debt of gratitude to my family, teachers, friends and colleagues for all of their love, support and encouragement,” said Morris. “Of most importance, I must share this award with my students. They have kept me young of mind and heart and have made my life more exciting with their curiosity and desire for learning. They have forced me to clarify difficult ideas and concepts, and in the process I have continued to learn and develop deeper understandings.”Fifteen awards are given each year, and each includes a certificate of merit, a gold pin and an honorarium of $5,000.Previous Piper Professorship winners from ACU include Dr. Keith Justice, professor of agriculture, Dr. Zelma R. Odle, professor of English, Dr. Paul C. Witt, professor of chemistry and Dr. M.L. Daniels, professor of music. The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, located in San Antonio, was formed in 1950 to support charitable, scientific or educational undertakings.

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