From the Editors
Action Items and Notable Dates
News for Members
Executive Officer's Commentary
Executive Board Summary
2007-2008 AAPT Product Catalog
Read about the Summer Meeting in the Greensboro News & Record and listen to Janet Guthrie's interview on National Public Radio.
Electronic Balloting Coming This Fall
The Executive Board has approved electronic balloting as an option for this year's election. View the list of candidates.
2007 High School Photo Contest Winners Announced
Visit the Winners Showcase to see the winning entries in the 2007 High School Photo Contest. To read more about this year's contest, click here.
U.S. Physics Team Blogs from Iran
Call for Submissions
House Passes 2008 Funding Act for NSF, NASA, and NIST
Alley Memorial Set for August
Publish Your News Here
News from the National Office
Interactions: September/October issue
Look for the Careers Issue of Interactions in your mailbox at the end of September. Read more about Interactions and the transition of the Announcer here.
AAPT is offering a new Enrico Fermi DVD with rare footage of the Nobel Prize winner and his colleagues. Read more about the DVD here.
Job Opening: Chief Academic Officer
Review the position description here.
NOVA scienceNOW Episodes with Host Neil deGrasse Tyson
In an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, AAPT Klopsteg Awardee Neil deGrasse Tyson notes that the goal of NOVA's scienceNOW is "to show science as life, as a fundamental part of what it is to live in the 21st century." Check your local listings for broadcast times: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/schedule-local.html.
Send Us Your Ideas and Feedback
Have a suggestion or criticism that you'd like AAPT leadership to hear? Send an email to Future@aapt.org.
Upcoming Conferences, Meetings, Symposiums, and Events
AAPT National Meetings: Save the Dates
Northrop Grumman Foundation's Weightless Flights of Discovery
Practicing classroom middle school teachers and future middle school teachers have the opportunity to participate in hands-on science workshops and perform and experiment in a parabolic or "zero-gravity" aircraft flight that creates temporary weightlessness comparable to what humans would experience during space travel to the Moon or Mars. For upcoming flight dates and application information, visit: http://www.northropgrumman.com/community/weightless.html.
National Engineering Design Challenge
In the NEDC, high school students apply problem solving, math, science, research, writing, presentation, and drafting/design skills by creating an engineered assistive technology device for persons with disabilities. Registration for the 2007-2008 competition opens September 5. More information is available at: http://www.jets.org/programs/nedc.cfm.
2008 Toyota International Teacher Program
In March 2008, selected participants will have the opportunity to learn through hands-on projects about the environment, culture, history, and education system of Costa Rica. All full-time classroom teachers in grades 7-12 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply. The deadline for application is September 7, 2007. For more information, visit The Institute of International Education at: http://www.iie.org/Template.cfm?&Template=/programs/toyota/default.htm.
The Task Force on the Future of American Innovation
This conference, sponsored by the European Physical Society, takes place September 13-15 in Wroclaw, Poland. Its aim is to exchange trends, research results, new materials, and experiences with regard to the use of multimedia in physics education. Visit the website for more details: http://mptl12.ifd.uni.
2007 Chautauqua Program, University of Dayton
This series of courses includes:
NSTA Midwestern Regional Conference Featuring AAPT Physics Day
AAPT will offer a full day of physics content at the NSTA Midwestern Regional Conference in Detroit, MI, on October 18. For more information visit AAPT's Physics Day page.
2008 Gordon Research Conference
Join fellow AAPT and APS members on June 8 - 13, 2008, at Bryant University, in Smithfield, RI, as physics faculty, physics researchers, and physics education researchers explore the expanding and deepening role of computers in physics research and undergraduate physics instruction. Application deadline for registration is May 18, 2008. For more information, visit: http://www.aapt.org/Events/grc.cfm.
A selection of recent stories of interest to our members.*
Why American Needs to Explore Space
Source: USA Today
Science Subjects "At Risk" with Fewer New Teachers
Computers Expose the Physics of NASCAR
In the Footsteps of His Uncle, Then His Father
High Failure Rate in Maths and Sciences Worries Employers
Source: The Hook
Quantum Ferrufluid: A Bose-Einstein Condensate of Tiny Magnets
Source: Scientific American
AAAS Urges Voluntary Education Standards to Bolster Science Learning
Enrollment Surge for Women
Source: National Geographic
Photons Flout the Science Speed Limit
"X" Marks Fermilab Future
Milton Friedman, Meet Richard Feynman
Researchers Develop Method for Mass Production of Nanogap Electrodes
American Journal of Physics
Article of the Month
"Falling Elastic Bars and Springs" by J.M. Aguirregabiria, A. Hernandez, and M. Rivas
(AJP online subscribers only, PDF)
The Physics Teacher
"A Simple Experiment to Demonstrate the Effects of Greenhouse Gases" by C.F. Keating
(TPT online subscribers only, PDF)
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