AAPT eNNOUNCER: December 2008
This month we have a couple more new staff members, information on the upcoming Winter Meeting in Chicago, news about the New Physics and Astronomy Faculty Workshop, the Fnet=ma exam, another Physics Day at NSTA and The Physics Front—enriching the high school physics experience.
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AAPT National Office welcomes Chad Phillips as the web designer. Chad comes to us from the U.S. Naval Academy where he worked as a developer/designer. He has also worked as a freelance web developer. He was drawn to AAPT by the idea of working to help a nonprofit organization fulfill “a fantastic mission.” When he saw the position offering he knew it was a perfect fit with his career goals.
Chad has a Bachelor’s in Information Systems from UMBC and is pursuing his Master’s at the same university in the same field. He plans to complete his degree in the spring! Chad and his fiancée, Stephanie, are looking forward to a summer wedding in 2010. He lives in Annapolis and considers Maryland his “home” with Ohio as a runner up. His father was in the Navy and the family traveled wherever his father was stationed. He has lived in FL, VA, OH, and a little island in the Persian Gulf called Bahrain for two years. In his time out he prefers to “sit on the beach, doing something entirely nerdy (games, reading, etc), listening to anything “classic rock” (Beatles, AC/DC, Stones, CCR). He also really enjoys traveling and seeing new places.
AAPT National Office welcomes Krystal Board as the accounting clerk. Krystal comes to us from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission where she was an intern in the Office of Financial Management. She has also worked at the Library of Congress while attending high school.
After high school in 2004 she enrolled in the Art Institute of Washington for culinary arts; her dream was to start her own catering company. Two years later she realized this wasn’t the path she wanted to take as a career. In 2006 she enrolled at Stratford University where she is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance/accounting. Krystal plans to complete her degree by winter 2009 then pursue her Master’s degree in the same field with a CPA.
Krystal was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and currently lives in Fort Washington, Maryland. In her spare time she likes to bowl, watch scary movies, travel, and cook coming up with new recipes.
Abstract submissions are now being accepted via http://www.aapt.org/events/abstractform.cfm. The deadline is December 31.
Ninety-five physics and astronomy faculty attended the New Physics and Astronomy Faculty Workshop held November 6-9, 2008 at the American Center for Physics. Workshop participants, nominated by their department chairs, must be in the first three years of a tenure-track contract to be eligible to attend. During the three days of the workshop, participants were exposed to a number of research-based approaches that have been shown to be effective in improving the students’ learning in introductory and advanced courses. Learn more about the Workshop at www.aapt.org/aboutaapt/2008Announcements_November.cfm
It is December, snowflakes are in the air, and thoughts of the Physics Olympiad dance through our heads! Registration is now open for the Fnet=ma Exam. Link to Registration Information for the 2009 Exam at www.aapt.org/olympiad2009/. The deadline for registration, December 19, is firm so don’t let this get lost in the holiday bustle, register today.
Practice Exams are also available on the AAPT web site at www.aapt.org/Contests/olympiad_exams.cfm.
See the Physics Team on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/user/Physteam
http://www.aapt.org/Grants/bauderfund.cfm http://www.aapt.org/Grants/lotze.cfm) will be accepted at any time and will be considered for recommendation to the Executive Board at each AAPT Winter Meeting. All applications in which all materials, including letters of recommendation, received by the extended deadline of January 1, 2009 will be considered for recommendation at the winter meeting of the AAPT Executive Board. http://www.aapt.org/Grants/venturefund.cfm.
December 5 will be Physics Day at the NSTA Area Conference in Cincinnati, OH. An exciting program has been co-organized by AAPT. You can view the full schedule on the AAPT website at http://www.aapt.org/Events/2008PhysDay.cfm.
Please visit us in the Exhibit Hall at booth #339. Plan now to join your friends and colleagues for a fun day of demonstrations, workshops, and minds-on/hands-on presentations that you can take home and use in your classroom immediately!
The Physics Front is a web-based area for teachers of Conceptual, AP and Algebra-based physics as well as teachers of Physics First and Physical Science. This material is meant to serve as resources to enrich the high school physics experience.
The materials, found in this collection, have been selected (and are continuously being updated by the Editor and the Editorial Board), as being quality resources for use in lesson plans, activities, labs and demonstrations. The featured items are meant to be definitive, merely representative of possible good resources available; additional materials are available on the Physical Sciences Resource Center (PSRC) and the other collections in ComPADRE.
The Alabama Section of AAPT will have its annual meeting on Feb 28th, at the University of Montevallo. For more information visit their website at http://bama.ua.edu/~alaapt/ or contact Tommi Holsenbeck at email@example.com.
PTRA/AAPT Workshop Sponsored by the Southern California AAPT Section
The Southern California Section was awarded a mini-grant by AAPT to host a PTRA-led workshop in Southern California. Hosted by the CaliforniaState Polytechnic University in Pomona, the all-day workshop was held on Friday, November 7th. Attendees participated in several kinematics laboratory activities led by Jim and Jane Nelson. For more information, go to the 2008 Section News www.aapt.org/Sections/upload/Section-News-2008.pdf. The AAPT Executive Board has approved funding for additional Section mini-grants. Applications are available after login at www.aapt.org/Sections/index.cfm
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www.kstf.org. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Only online applications will be considered.
The J.R. Macdonald Laboratory at Kansas State University has shifted its research focus to ultrafast laser science. This change in emphasis could lead to innovations benefiting medicine, energy and other technologies. www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-10/ksu-kpl102808.php
A nontoxic nanoparticle developed by researchers at Penn State University is proving to be an all-around effective delivery system for both therapeutic drugs and the fluorescent dyes that can track their delivery.
Rural residents take note: What’s happening at Clarion Area and Union school districts may soon be coming to a school near you. Without a physics teacher since last March and still wanting to keep its curriculum running, the Union school district arranged an agreement with Clarion Area to have its physics teacher, Brian Burford, teach the physics class to Union students via the WAN. Union and Clarion districts in Pennsylvania are the first districts in the area to put the new wide area network (WAN) to the test. Read more at: http://www.leader-vindicator.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20199057&BRD=2758&PAG=461&dept_id=572984&rfi=6
Applications are being accepted through January 16, 2009 for The Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program. This is a new partnership to improve Hispanic student access to higher education and degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Additional information on the scholarship program and the application process is available at http://www.alliancescholars.org/applications/.
This program, designed to reward and inspire great teaching, is the Nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. The Awards recognize highly qualified K-12 teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Nominations are now being accepted online for the 2009 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Nominate outstanding secondary (grades 7 – 12) mathematics and science teachers at http://www.paemst.org/controllers/home.cfc?method=view
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