HAMPTON, Va. — Former Hampton University Professor Dr. Cynthia E. Keppel was awarded the Francis G. Slack Award for her outstanding work by the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society.
This award recognized her leadership during the establishment of the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, Hampton University Center for Advanced Medical Instrumentation (CAMI) in 2001 and the Hampton University Nuclear and High Energy Research Center of Excellence, which serve as models for other Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
“Congratulations to Dr. Keppel for winning this amazing award,” said Dr. Vahagn Nazaryan, HUPTI executive director. “It was my privilege to nominate her because Dr. Keppel’s accomplishments are so strong. They include establishing CAMI, the first graduate program in medical physics in Virginia and the only one nationally at an HBCU. She presently holds five U.S. patents through her research in medical technology development at CAMI and has five more pending. And Dr. Keppel led the largest and most exciting effort of the CAMI center, in establishing HUPTI.”
Throughout her career Dr. Keppel has supervised and mentored dozens of undergraduate and graduate students who have gone on to receive advanced degrees in physics and who went to hold successful positions in academia, healthcare and industry. Presently she serves as a consultant to HUPTI.
The Francis G. Slack Award was created by the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society to honor Excellence in Service to Physics in the Southeast. The award is named for Francis G. Slack, a distinguished Vanderbilt University scientist who was a charter member of the Southeastern Section and who contributed significantly to its development. The award recognizes those who have worked unselfishly to:
a) bring about significant new research facilities in the region,
b) significantly strengthen and raise the stature of particular departments of physics in the region,
c) provide significant leadership and work to strengthen and build the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society, Sigma Pi Sigma, the Society of Physics Students and other regional organizations,
d) develop physics consortia of universities and/or research institutions that have benefited the region and the nation, and
e) carry out other service and administrative activities such as organizing major conferences held in the region, international exchanges, and public outreach to K-12 programs.