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April 2006

From the Editor

Welcome to another edition of AAPT's monthly email update. As you may have noticed, the NEWS is coming earlier this month. We've moved our publish date to the first of each month to better highlight important dates and deadlines for the upcoming months. We hope you find this month's issue helpful and informative. And we welcome your comments and criticism.

Note: Due to the evolving nature of the web, some links referenced in this and other AAPT NEWS reports may no longer work.

The AAPT NEWS is a service to our members and is from the Executive Office of the American Association of Physics Teachers. All issues can be found on the AAPT website at: http://www.aapt.org/aboutaapt/updates/

E-mail news items, comments and suggestions to: aapt-exec@aapt.org


News Headlines 

A selection of recent stories of interest to our members.*

Did "Dark Matter" Create the First Stars?
From Physical Review Letters

Bush Budget Boosts NSF, DOE, and NIST Science for FY 2007
From Physics Today (subscription required)

Fusion: The Way Ahead
From Physics Web

Commission on the Future of Higher Education: Public Hearing 2
From Inside Higher Ed

A "New Model" for a New World: Giving Our Students the Math and Science Education They Deserve
From Education Week (free registration required)

Wave Energy: Can a Mechanical Snake That Surfs the Ocean Squeeze Enough Watts from Water?
From Discover

Eclipse: In a Different Light

Total Solar Eclipse: Live from Turkey
From Exploratorium

Video: Einstein for Non-Geniuses (Windows Media Player)
From National Geographic

PhysX Chip Lets Games Get Physical

News from the Executive Office

Editors Sought for ComPADRE
ComPADRE is looking for editors for two collections: Upper Division Physics and Introductory Physics.

Celebrating 75 Years
This year marks AAPT's 75th anniversary. Visit our anniversary site for
details on this year's special activities and events!

Summer Meeting Speakers Announced
AAPT’s 2006 Summer Meeting features an exciting line-up of speakers.
Information about award lecturers and plenary speakers can be found

75th Anniversary Time Capsule
At the 2006 Summer Meeting, a time capsule will be filled with AAPT and
physics-related memorabilia. Once sealed, the capsule will be displayed
in AAPT's Executive Office until its opening at our 100th Anniversary in
the year 2031. Members are now invited to suggest items to include in
the capsule. Click below to read more details and submit your ideas;
and then be sure to attend the time capsule ceremony at the 2006
Summer Meeting.

Celebrating 75 Years of Authorship
As part of our anniversary celebration, AAPT is collecting a selection of
books written by members throughout the years. The books will be
displayed at the 2006 Summer Meeting in Syracuse, NY. For more
information please visit the 75th Anniversary home page at:

75th Anniversary Call for Photos
The Summer Announcer will feature a special print and online section
dedicated to remembering the past. Please send your old photos and
memories to AAPT, Attn: Publications, One Physics Ellipse, College Park,
MD 20740. Photos may also be emailed to aapt-pubs@aapt.org. Click
below for more details.

Discounts at the AAPT Online Store
Right now, select World Year of Physics items are 50% off: t-shirts,
watches, hats, umbrellas, and more! Visit the store now for these items
as well as AAPT 75th Anniversary commemorative items:


Recommended Reading 

American Journal of Physics (Special Issue on Electricity and Magnetism)
Article of the Month
"Dancing Paper Clips and the Geometric Influence on Magnetization: A
Surprising Result" by David P. Jackson(AJP online subscribers only, PDF

The Physics Teacher
Article of the Month
"Pseudoscience," by Karl C. Mamola (TPT online subscribers only, PDF


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

AAPT 2006 Summer Meeting
Details on the July 22-26 meeting at Syracuse University are available here:

Workshops on Distance Learning and Remote Controlled Laboratories
The Department of Physics and the Laser and Fiber Optics Technology Program at Queensborough Community College/CUNY and the National Science Foundation are offering two NSF Faculty Enhancement Workshops in July 2006. The workshops are designed to enhance instruction in science, engineering, and technology through the use of remote controlled laboratories and interactive multimedia courseware. For specific dates and more details:

Member News

2006 Summer Meeting Awardees
The following awards will be presented at the AAPT Summer Meeting in July:
Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award, Robert A. Millikan Lecture Award, Excellence in Pre-College Physics Teaching Award, and Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching Award. The award winners have been announced:

Contributions to ComPADRE Sought
ComPADRE and the Physical Sciences Resource Center (PSRC) are looking for good materials that can be added to the collections. To submit materials or register (free) click below.

Do You Know a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math Educator with a Disability?
Georgia Tech researchers are conducting a survey to learn about the
employment experiences and workplace accommodations used by science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) K-12 and postsecondary educators who have a disability. The survey is anonymous and takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. While there is no direct benefit to you for participating in this study, the goal of this research is to provide information to help people with disabilities successfully become teachers and to help educators who acquire a disability to be able to continue in their career. To participate in this NSF-funded research project, go to:

The Pirelli INTERNETional Award
In May 2006, registration will officially open for the Tenth Edition of the Pirelli INTERNETional Award (2006). Launched in 1996, it is the world’s first Internet multimedia award aimed at the diffusion of scientific and technological culture worldwide.

Publish Your News Here
Have a news item you'd like to share with the AAPT membership in the May edition? Send it to us by April 24:
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