AAPT eNNOUNCER: November 2008
This month we have a new name, more information on the upcoming Winter Meeting in Chicago, news about the Team America Rocketry Challenge, and information on the approaching deadline for High School Physics Teacher Grant applications.
And the Winner is…
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AAPT’s new Chief Financial Officer as of October, 2008, Michael Brosnan (email@example.com), is already making a difference in the job of keeping the society’s books in order. With 14 years in public accounting and eleven years in management in the for-profit and non-profit world, Mike, as he likes to be called, comes to AAPT with the experience to get the job done and to watch budgets carefully.
AAPT Welcomes Marilyn Gardner as Director of Communications. With the establishment of AAPT’s Communications Department comes the need for someone with broad organizational experience. Marilyn Gardner (firstname.lastname@example.org) comes to AAPT with more than 20 years of association management experience, a Masters degree in nonprofit management, and an understanding of the intricacies of membership-driven organizations.
High School Physics Teacher Grant Application Deadline ApproachingEach year grant(s) are given to high school physics teachers whose proposal results in a better teaching practice, enhanced student understanding and interest, and/or increased enrollment. The proposal submissions usually involve innovative ideas such as a new teaching method or an adaptation of an existing idea. This year’s deadline is December 1, 2008. Details regarding the specifics and content of the proposal can be found at http://www.aapt.org/Grants/hsgrant.cfm
AAPT wants to encourage high school teachers to experiment and improve on their teaching practices. It is the society’s belief that as teaching practice improves, physics enrollment and excitement among students can increase. AAPT hopes that this grant provides the funds to kick start the implementation of these practices.
The Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program
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/.
Physics Olympiad Fnet=ma Exam
Each year AAPT coordinates the U.S. Physics Team recruitment, selection, and training. High School physics students are invited to take a series of three qualifying exams, from which twenty-four of the brightest students are selected to participate in a ten day training camp. Conducted by coaches chosen by the American Association of Physics Teachers, the training camp is an intensive mix of theoretical and experimental physics. Five students are then selected to represent the U.S. Physics Team at the International Physics Olympiad.
Registration must be completed online and will be available November 17 at www.aapt.org/olympiad2009.
2009 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
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
AAPT is proud to be the sole Educational Partner for the 2009 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). Now in its seventh year, TARC is the world’s largest rocket design launch contest with approximately 7000 students participating each year. It is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry in partnership with AAPT, DoD, NASA, and AIA member companies. The goal is to encourage middle school and high school students in their science and math studies and to consider advanced study of these fields in college and beyond. Through TARC, students learn the basics of physics and of engineering design used by scientists and engineers in the real world. Registration for the 2009 TARC closes December 1. Read more at www.aapt.org/Contests/rocket.cfm.
Abstract submissions are now being accepted via http://www.aapt.org/events/abstractform.cfm. The deadline is December 31.
You don’t need to be an astrophysicist to appreciate the cultural opportunities at the world-renowned Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). When AAPT meets in Chicago next February attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to Fermilab, the nation’s premier particle physics laboratory. As a participant you will enjoy a guided tour of some parts of the laboratory and see firsthand the facilities in which several important discoveries in particle physics have been made. Participants will also be treated to a cultural feast as they tour the 6,800 acre campus.
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COPUS participants are gearing up for the celebration of science in 2009. Read more here: http://www.yearofscience2009.org
Fifteen teachers from Maryland elementary, middle and high schools, and four workshop leaders came to the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD to share approaches to teaching about energy. The one-day AAPT/PTRA (Physics Teaching Resource Agents) workshop, following up on a six-day institute held last July at Frostburg State University in Maryland, is part of the ITQ/TOPPS (Improving Teacher Quality Through Training Opportunities in Physics and Physical Science) project.
Russian-born Guilford High School physics teacher and AAPT member, Raisa Roginsky has been named the Connecticut 2008 American Star of Teaching by the U.S. Department of Education. She was presented with the prestigious award at the October Board of Education meeting by Roger Johnson, the department’s director of intergovernmental affairs. “Raisa Roginsky has been an inspiration to her students,” he said. “In fact, she was nominated by one of them.” GHS Principal Rick Misenti said simply: “She represents all that is good in public education and in teaching. She improves the achievement level of students using innovative teaching strategies and certainly has made a difference in their lives.” Read more at www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20172391&BRD=1630&PAG=461&dept_id=7742&rfi=6
The new AAPT Physics Store Catalog for the 2008-2009 Academic Year should now be in every AAPT member’s mailbox. If you missed it, for the first time, the catalog is also online as a pdf. There are many “first time” offers in this year’s catalog to take advantage of including: “The Physics of NASCAR”, “Don’t Try This at Home – the Physics of Hollywood Movies”, “Steven Hawking: A Biography” and “Teaching Physics for the First Time”.
The Quantum Exchange is a web-based repository of resources for teachers of quantum physics and modern physics. This material is meant to supplement and enrich courses based on standard quantum physics textbooks. The materials on this site are selected by the Editors for being high quality educational resources.
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