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  • AAPT Symposium on Physics Education and Public Policy

      • AAPT Symposium on Physics Education and Public Policy

      • PL05
      • Tue 01/07, 1:30PM - 3:00PM

      • Type: Plenary
      • Policymakers formulate decisions everyday that impact curriculum, standards, funding, and many other aspects of physics education at all levels. AAPT works with a number of partners to keep policymakers informed on the views of physics educators and to suggest appropriate policy options within the Association?s sphere of influence. This session brings together individuals who play pivotal roles in helping to shape policies and who provide information to policymakers. We hope to provide a look at the process of policy making as well as actions you might make to contribute to decisions about policies affecting physics and STEM education.
  • Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT - Jan Mader, Taha Mzoughi, Gabe Spalding, and Lee Trampleasure

      • Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT - Jan Mader, Taha Mzoughi, Gabe Spalding, and Lee Trampleasure

      • PL04B
      • Tue 01/07, 11:00AM - 12:00PM

      • Type: Plenary
  • Oersted Medal - Dean Zollmam, Kansas State University

      • Oersted Medal - Dean Zollmam, Kansas State University

      • PL04A
      • Tue 01/07, 10:00AM - 11:00AM

      • Type: Plenary
      • Dean Zollman has been named as the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Oersted Medal, presented by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The Medal will be presented at a Ceremonial Session of the 2014 AAPT Winter Meeting in Orlando, FL in recognition of his significant contributions to physics education research and mentoring of a generation of PER researchers.
  • Plenary - Don Pettit

      • Plenary - Don Pettit

      • PL01
      • Sun 01/05, 7:30PM - 8:30PM

      • Type: Plenary
      • Donald Roy Pettit is an American chemical engineer and a NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of two long-duration stays aboard the International Space Station, one space shuttle mission and a six-week expedition to find meteorites in Antarctica.
  • Plenary - Philip Metzger

      • Plenary - Philip Metzger, NASA's Kennedy Space Center

      • PL03
      • Mon 01/06, 2:00PM - 3:00PM

      • Type: Plenary
      • Dr. Philip Metzger is a senior research physicist who works at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, where he founded and leads the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Laboratory, part of the KSC Swamp Works. He performs research related to solar system exploration: predicting how rocket exhaust interacts with extraterrestrial soil, investigating the mechanics of soil, characterizing lunar and martian soil simulants, modeling the migration of volatiles on airless bodies, etc. He leads the Agency?s work in rocket blast effects for human-class missions. He has participated in architecture studies for the Lunar Architecture Team, the Mars Architecture Team and the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group. He is also leading projects to develop extraterrestrial excavators, regolith conveyance technologies, dust-tolerant quick disconnects, lunar/martian landing pads, and other surface systems technology. He co-founded NASA's biannual Workshop on Granular Materials in Lunar and Martian Exploration and is a founding member of the ASCE Technical Committee for Regolith Operations, Mobility and Robotics. He received the astronaut's Silver Snoopy award in 2010 and was selected as the Kennedy Space Center's NASA Scientist/Engineer of the Year for 2011.
  • Presidential Transfer

      • Presidential Transfer

      • PL04C
      • Tue 01/07, 11:00AM - 12:00PM

      • Type: Plenary
  • Richtmyer Memorial Award - Michael Berry, H H Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol

      • Richtmyer Memorial Award - Michael Berry, H H Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol

      • PL02A
      • Mon 01/06, 9:30AM - 10:30AM

      • Type: Plenary
      • How Quantum Physics Democratized Music - Connections between physics and technological invention and aspects of human life that seem far from science are both unexpected and unexpectedly common. And rather than flowing one way - from physics to gadgets - the connections form an intricate web, linking all aspects of human culture, in a way that frustrates our convenient compartmentalisations and coarse interventions aimed at promoting technology transfer. I will discuss this theme not abstractly but with examples, ranging from music to the colour of gold, and explain how quantum physics helps me do quantum physics (sic).
  • SPS Chapter Award, Sharon Rosell, Central Washington University

      • SPS Chapter Award, Sharon Rosell, Central Washington University

      • PL02B
      • Mon 01/06, 10:30AM - 10:40AM

      • Type: Plenary
      • The SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award for 2013 will be presented to Sharon Rosell from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. This award is the highest recognition of an SPS chapter advisor who has made exceptional contributions toward promoting student leadership, developing and inspiring a broad spectrum of activities, and inspiring enthusiastic student participation. Rosell has been involved with the SPS for her entire career and has been the chapter advisor at Central Washington since 1994. Rosell served as Zone Councilor on the SPS National Council from 1998 ? 2004. Through her unmatched teaching and mentoring, she has impacted the lives of countless students and has seen the SPS chapter recognized for excellence repeatedly. The Central Washington SPS Chapter has been recognized as an Outstanding SPS Chapter many times and has received multiple Marsh White Outreach Awards; members of the chapter have received several SPS Student Leadership Scholarships. Among the many letters written to support Sharon?s nomination, we find evidence the impact she has made in her role as teacher and advisor: ?Her teaching and mentoring are unmatched. She has impacted the lives of countless students? She seamlessly picks up where classroom efforts leave off to ensure the success of students.?
 

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