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Call for Papers
2014 Summer Meeting — Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 26 - 30

 

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Translating Teachers' Research Experience into Classroom Practice

Teachers with research experience are well-suited to align the learning of physics with the doing of physics. This session will explore how teachers? physics research experience informs their teaching philosophy and/or classroom practice. Teachers from all K-16 levels are encouraged to submit abstracts.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

SPS Undergraduate Research and Outreach

The Society of Physics Students invites undergraduate students to share their research work or outreach efforts in poster format. Prizes for outstanding presentations undergraduates in SPS-sponsored sessions (posters and oral) will be awarded at a reception for undergraduates and their mentors.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

Using Games to Teach Physics

Do you use games in your physics class? Games are often the best way to engage students in learning...even difficult topics in physics. If you use any games...online , video , cards, board, antique ... please share your experiences and expertise.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Physics and Society Poster Session

CALL FOR POSTERS ABOUT PHYSICS & SOCIETY Present a poster sharing your ideas for teaching about energy, environment, pseudoscience, nuclear weapons, science & religion, and other physics-related social topics.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Bridging Engineering, Math, and Physics

An important part of education now is making sure students see the connections between various courses. Since mathematics, engineering, and physics are often using the same mathematical skills and concepts this session will be focused on how faculty and staff demonstrate to their students the connections between these disciplines.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

Physics of Phun

Everyone loves to have fun! Teachers can create connections with students when they integrate physics and the fun things students like to do. In this session, we will focus on the physics principles behind toys, entertainment, sports and hobbies.

Perspectives in Particle Physics

In the past ten years, the particle physics community has made unique contributions to physics education and teacher professional development at the high school level. We will look at some of these achievements, highlighting opportunities for teachers, and look to the future. Participants can help us plan our next activities and identify the challenges that we will face.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Teaching Advanced/Honors Students

The talented, well-prepared student presents a welcome challenge to faculty. What resources, what learning environments can be used to engage and motivate very good students, particularly in the lower-level curriculum? What do we do if we have an entire class of such students? How do we handle the isolated super-star? What can we expect of these students and of our interaction with them? The focus of the session is on students in the first two years.

Teaching the Women in Physics Course

Many physics faculty develop a course with the focus on 'Gender in Science' or 'Women in Physics'. The session will begin with an invited panel but we are inviting anyone who has worked on teaching/developing this course to bring posters highlighting their work. After the panelists we will break into a mini-poster session and share our experiences.

The Role and Implementation of Upper-level E&M

Electromagnetism remains one of the core courses/paradigms of the physics undergraduate degree. Yet its fundamental nature can also inhibit how we think of its role in the curriculum. But what is it about E&M that is essential for undergraduates? How can we/should we be teaching these concepts and experiences? Are there alternatives to the traditional approach?

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Two Year College New Faculty Experience: Commencement Conference Update

New Faculty Experience Commencement Conference

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

PER in Upper Division Physics

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

This invited/contributed session will focus on education research conducted at the upper-division undergraduate physics level. Presentations on innovative teaching ideas at this level or physics research with undergraduate students will be included ONLY if there is a significant research component to the presentation.

Committee on Laboratories

Developing Experimental Skills in the Introductory Lab

One of the principal goals of the introductory lab is the development of experimental and analytical skills. We expect our students to acquire this expertise in the laboratory, yet often we give no explicit framework in which to do so. This invited/contributed session is a forum to share ways of structuring the introductory physics lab curriculum to teach these valuable skills to majors and non-majors alike.

Committee on Apparatus

Same Physics Other Ways

The physics concepts we teach remains constant but the way, we illustrate physics concepts to our students, changes. This session presents novel approaches to demonstrations and experiments, using equipment in ways other than their original use, trying new technologies to revitalize old demos and labs, creating different techniques to display your current demonstrations.

Committee on Laboratories

Electronic Lab Notebooks

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Hand-written lab notebooks have been the standard for keeping a narrative of research activities. As computers play a larger role acquiring, recording, analyzing, and presenting data, the next generation of scientists may be using electronic lab notebooks. We want instructors to share their experiences (both benefits and challenges) implementing any format of electronic lab notebooks in the lab classroom.

Committee on Apparatus

Creating Research-Like Experiences for All Students

Undergraduate research experiences (UREs) have been shown to provide gains in retention, research abilities, etc. However, UREs typically require significant time and financial resources. This session will discuss alternative research-like experiences at institutions ranging from two-year colleges to universities. Alternatives need not duplicate every aspect of a URE, but should be more scalable and go beyond standard coursework.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

K-12 PER

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

If you study the learning of physics concepts by K-12 students, please submit an abstract for this session.

Reform Dissemination: Successful Examples

This invited/contributed session is calling for papers on examples of successful secondary and tertiary implementations and adaptations of educational reform.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Teachers in Residence

This is an invited/contributed session on the importance of a Teacher-in-Residence (TIR) as part of a physics teacher preparation program. We invite TIRs, physics and education faculty, and physics teachers to share their experiences.

Committee on Laboratories

Magnetism and Thermal Labs, Beyond First Year

(Committee on Apparatus)

A number of instructors have expressed interest in hearing about effective and contemporary instructional labs in statical and thermal physics, and in magnetism, etc., specifically targeting students "Beyond the First Year" of college/university. Such BFY instructional labs contain paradigms of fundamental importance in physics, and connect to many contemporary issues and skills.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

Assessment Issues in Undergraduate Instruction

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

Research studies on formative or summative assessments in undergraduate physics; validity of assessments or their development; methods for assessing students' understanding or faculty practices.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Addressing Outliers-Students with Special Needs

Occasionally we get students in our classes that exceed the curve or students who have special circumstances that make learning challenging. This session will have presenters that discuss how various instructors accommodate for students in either of these demographics and discuss the solutions they use to make sure all students are engaged in the course.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Physics and Society: Current Topics in Energy

Looking for papers on energy topics such as interesting new technology, science and policy of energy, educational resources, etc.

Committee on Laboratories

Inexpensive Labs in Pre-High School Classes

(Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education)

Everyone benefits from engaging hands-on activities, especially younger learners. However, most educators do not have money to purchase expensive apparatus. Do you have a an inexpensive activity that you do in your classroom? Are you looking for inexpensive activities to do? Come to this session and share ways to enrich your classroom with labs.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Making Physics Phun

What do you do to make physics fun for your students? We are seeking contributed talks on what you do in your classroom to make Physics fun. Share those special labs, activities, field trips, projects, experiments, clubs, or anything else you do that makes physics fun.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Outreach: Fun Ways to Engage

(Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education)

Outreach is an increasingly important and popular way to augment our student's learning experiences. There is great demand among teachers for ideas and resources relating to outreach. Do you have an event or activity that you'd like to share with the group, or a method or technique that you've found works well? Let's share our ideas on how we can make our Outreach activities even more engaging and fun!

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Physics in a Biological Context

(Committee on Laboratories)

The role of physics in biology has become increasingly visible with the recent AJP issue on the Intersection of Physics with Biology, the Gordon Research Conference on the Complex Intersection of Biology and Physics, and the Conference on Introductory Physics for Life Science. Please share your activities or educational approaches for student learning of physics in the context of biology.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Teacher Communities: Supporting Beginning Teachers of Physics

In this era of high stakes testing and evolving standards, retaining good teachers is critical. Tell us about your successful program or organization--local alliance, regional system or initiatives, or online community--with the mission of supporting and encouraging new physics teachers--what you have achieved, challenges you have overcome, what you are planning for the future.

Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics

Histories Useful for Teaching Physics

Have you been using writings on old physics, read ancient text in the classroom, or had your students take a crack at historical investigation? We would like to hear about resources related to exposing students to historical thought, philosophical interpretations beyond the mainstream, and values of historical thinking that enhance learning in science.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Preparing Physics Teachers to Teach in Diverse Environments

(Committee on Diversity in Physics)

US high schools are becoming more diverse and physics teachers must be prepared to handle the challenges of offering accommodations and being sensitive to different cultures. This increasing diversity is also an opportunity to recruit a more diverse population of physics majors. If you have experience in these areas, we encourage you to submit a paper to this session.

Committee on Women in Physics

Strategies for Teachers and Professors to Support Female Students

Research suggests that spatial reasoning is a skill that can be developed in females as well as males and provide some some insight into the gender gap that persists in physics. This call for papers is looking for research on spatial reasoning and gender.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Arduinos Micro-Controllers and Underwater ROV's

Are you doing something fun or impressive with an Arduino or Raspberry Pi? This session will provide teachers a chance to show others what they are doing with the newly available set of student-friendly micro processors. Tables will be set up to allow presentors to show their actual work while providing additional space for posters. The session will be run similar to a poster session with plenty of time for interaction.

Committee on Educational Technologies

iOS and Android App Show

Do you have a favorite app for your physics classroom? Come to this "Show and Tell" for a cavalcade of apps--both "student" and "teacher" apps are welcome. Each presenter will get five minutes to show their app. Sign up in advance at http://ncnaapt.org/appshow (this will help us to avoid duplication).

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations - Whats New? ILDs Using Clickers and Video Analysis

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

This is a call for contributed papers by those who have implemented Interactive Lecture Demonstrations in their introductory physics courses.

Best Practices in Educational Technology II

Technology gives physics students new ways to get data, analyze it, and communicate their results; it helps teachers present concepts and perform demonstrations; and it spawns unprecedented logistical nightmares. What does technology make possible? How can it work well in the real classroom? These presentations should best describe new insights into how to use technology effectively to promote student learning.

Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education

If They Build It, They Will Learn

K-12 students can learn much by constructing their own apparatus and investigating the principles involved. Share your favorite ?make & take? project along with the activities that make them powerful. Bring sufficient materials and instructions to share with 25 other participants. This ?Share-a-thon? is a continuation of a series that began at summer meeting in Portland

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Mentoring in the Physics Community

Although teachers, faculty, and graduate students are placed in mentorship roles, they rarely receive formal training in how to be an effective mentor. This session highlights efforts to increase mentoring in the physics education community. We call for papers on mentoring in the areas of teaching or research, at all levels of physics education.

Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education

NGSS: Cross Cutting Concepts

(Committee on Teacher Preparation)

The cross cutting concepts of the NGSS are unifying items that can be used to organize instructional pedagogy and classroom practices. Please share ways that you use these concepts.

AAPT

PER in Upper Division Physics II

This invited/contributed session will focus on education research conducted at the upper-division undergraduate physics level. Presentations on innovative teaching ideas at this level or physics research with undergraduate students will be included ONLY if there is a significant research component to the presentation.

Committee on Apparatus

Creating Research-Like Experiences for All Students II

Yes Wording: Undergraduate research experiences (UREs) have been shown to provide gains in retention, research abilities, etc. However, UREs typically require significant time and financial resources. This session will discuss alternative research-like experiences at institutions ranging from two-year colleges to universities. Alternatives need not duplicate every aspect of a URE, but should be more scalable and go beyond standard coursework.

AAPT

Reform Dissemination: Successful Examples II

This invited/contributed session is calling for papers on examples of successful secondary and tertiary implementations and adaptations of educational reform.