Jennifer McIntosh to Receive the 14th Annual Blitzer Award for Excellence in Teaching Physics and Related Sciences

Photo HAS Professor Jennifer McIntosh
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Update 18 March 2019: You can now access the Blitzer Award Lecture video link here

We are pleased and proud to announce that UA Distinguished Scholar and HAS Professor Jennifer McIntosh has been selected to give the 14th Annual Professor Leon and Pauline Blitzer Award for Excellence Lecture in the Teaching of Physics and Related Sciences!

McIntosh will give a talk titled "Shrinking Groundwater Supplies: How Deep Can We Drill for Freshwater?" on Wednesday, March 13, at 4 pm in the Kuiper Space Sciences Building, Room 308. A reception just outside the lecture hall, co-hosted by the Department of Physics and the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, will follow the talk.

The Blitzer Award and Lectureship was established in 2005 in memory of Leon Blitzer, a UA alumnus (1936) and UA physics professor from 1946 to his retirement in 1985-1986, and his wife, Pauline Blitzer, a UA alumna, teacher, and activist in civic and charitable affairs.. Blizter's research focused on spectroscopy, astrophysics, and celestial mechanics. In 1952 he received one of the first grants in the physics department's history, $12,000 from the Office of Ordnance research.

Leon Blitzer became the youngest full professor on campus at the age of 33 and was devoted to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He served on the UA Faculty Senate and, after his retirement in 1986,  remained active in the department, attending faculty meetings, advising undergraduates, and mentoring University physics teachers. Blitzer's wife, Pauline, taught elementary school in California and in Tucson until her retirement in the early 1950s. She became active in a number of charities and civic activities, raising funds for a teaching hospital in Israel, civil rights organizations, and fighting cystic fibrosis and heart disease.

Not only was Leon Blitzer a brilliant research scientist, he was an exemplary teacher, mentor, and advisor.

The annual award and lectureship was created to recognize the recipient's own dedication to those same ideals.

Our warmest congratulations, Jen!