eNNOUNCER April, 2010
Summer Meeting in Portland, Oregon
AAPT's summer meeting will occur July 17-21, 2010 in the Portland Hilton Executive Tower and Portland State University in beautiful Portland, Oregon.
Past Successes and Future Directions: A National Two-Year College Physics Meeting will take place Saturday, July 17, 2010 in tandem with the AAPT Summer Meeting in Portland, OR. This national gathering of TYC physics instructors will include sessions on creating a virtual TYC community, the role of TYCs in teacher training, innovations in laboratory and distance education, adopting and adapting PER-based curriculum, and more. For more information, please see http://www.instruction.greenriver.edu/aapt/tyc/TandemMeeting071710.htm.
The American Association of Physics Teachers seeks individuals interested in preparing a state-of-the-art, next generation manuscript for the American Journal of Physics or The Physics Teacher that takes full advantage of cutting edge technology, innovation, and R&D in electronic publishing. The selected individuals will be part of a working group that will design the features and determine what resources are needed to produce online manuscripts incorporating currently available digital technology. Example features could include, for example, animations embedded directly in the manuscript, accessible data tables associated with figures, capability to re-plot and analyze graphical data in different ways, access to intermediate derivation steps between equations, tags on symbols that reveal what the symbol stands for, and the ability to view the manuscript with different levels of detail. Individuals who are interested in participating in the working group to develop a manuscript should send a vita, a description of a proposed manuscript, and information on any prior relevant experience to Marilyn Gardner, Director of Communications, (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 31, 2010.
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Entries are now being accepted for the popular High School Physics Photo Contest sponsored by Vernier! The contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12 (or equivalent international grade level). Photos may be entered in one of two categories: Natural and Contrived. Submit your entries online today! http://www.aapt.org/Programs/contests/photocontest.cfm
Are you a new physics or physical science teacher or do you know a new physics or physical science teacher who could benefit from mentoring by a master teacher?
The American Institute of Physice (AIP) and its member societies, including AAPT, celebrated March 30, 2010 as "World TeV Day" in recognition of the major milestone achieved at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at 1:06 p.m. CEST. At that moment, protons traveling at nearly the speed of light smashed together at energies of 7 TeV, the highest-ever energetic particle collisions achieved in a laboratory, marking the formal start of the LHC research program. Particle physicists around the world are looking forward to a potentially rich harvest of new physics as the LHC begins its first long run at an energy three and a half times higher than previously achieved at a particle accelerator. More information is available at http://public.web.cern.ch/public/.
SPS had four student reporters at the AAPT/APS meeting and their stories about the experience are now posted on the SPS website.
Participants who took the 2010 APS/AAPT Joint Meeting Survey were entered into a drawing for a free Galileoscope. We thank all of the participants. Your opinions and suggestions are invaluable as we refine our national meetings to better meet your needs. Congratulations to the winners:
The AAPT Career Center is now offering a FREE online-only posting to employers recruiting seasonal interns. Get the word out and reach the future of the science community – AAPT's membership, as well as the members and student members of APS, AVS, and the IEEE Computer Society (if a computer-related internship). Your intern posting will also appear on the Physics Today Jobs site. Login to or create your Employer account at http://careers.aapt.org/hr/index.cfm to get started. Free posting valid on 60-day online-only internship postings ONLY. "Student/Internship" Career Level must be selected when posting to access this offer.
The 2010 PhysicsBowl exam is currently being administered between April 1-15. Stay tuned to http://www.aapt.org/Programs/contests/physicsbowl.cfm for results. Thanks to all those who registered and good luck to the participants.
The UCOMP mission is to improve and update physics education through computational physics. Computers play an essential and vital role in physics research. They can—and should—play the same role in physics education. The collection’s primary, but not exclusive, target audience is undergraduate physics faculty. The collection will also have value to faculty and students at high schools and graduate schools. The collection will provide lessons, code, executable files, animations, tutorials, and facilities for faculty support (e.g. community building, electronic collaborations, etc.).
Amusement parks all over the country will open their gates exclusively for physics students! The students have access to one of the world's largest laboratories for carrying out real-world science experiments. Throughout the day there are opportunities for students to collect data using accelerometers on selected rides, participate in demonstrations, and enter contests for prizes. For more information go to http://www.aapt.org/Programs/contests/physicsday.cfm
Save 40% on the member price, while supplies last, on this best seller edited by Carole Escobar. In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in using amusement parks as laboratories. The AAPT Amusement Park Physics Handbook Committee collected the various educational materials written and circulated by individual teachers and created this complete handbook for amusement park physics. Amusement Park Physics presents all of the information you need both to plan a trip to a park and to use the physics of amusement park rides in your classes. The spiral-bound book includes a teacher's guide, practice problems, information on accelerometers, a measurement reference, laboratory exercises, reproducible student worksheets, and reprinted resource articles. Answer keys are provided. Get your copy now at the Physics Store.
AAPT tweets, posts and discussions are ongoing at the following links.
Obama Nominates Carl Wieman
Carl Wieman, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist and 2007 AAPT Oersted Medal awardee, has been nominated by President Obama to be the nation's associate director for science in the U .S. Office of Science and Technology Policy.
North Dakota Section
The North Dakota Section of the AAPT held its spring meeting at Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND, Februaury 26, 2010 in conjunction with the North Dakota Science Teachers Association (NDSTA) Conference. Members attended a session on identification of unknown equipment/apparatus, sharing of demonstrations, labs, and teaching techniques followed by a section business meeting. Picture shows current ND section president Larry Cook sharing a demonstration.
Donald L. Hoff, ND Section Rep
Indiana Section Spring Meeting 2010
April 8 - 9, 2010 at Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Southern Ohio Section Spring Meeting 2010
Florida Section Spring Meeting 2010
April 16 - 17, 2010 at Florida State University/National High Magnetic Fields Laboratory, Tallahassee, FL
North Carolina Section Spring Meeting 2010
Joint with Zone 5 SPS Meeting
Missouri Section Spring Meeting 2010
Joint Meeting with Senior Physics Deivsion of Missouri Academy of Science
Michigan Section Spring Meeting 2010
April 23 - 24, 2010 at Hope College, Holland, MI
Louisiana Section Spring Meeting 2010
April 23, 2010 at Catholic High School, Baton Rouge, LA
Chicago Section Spring Meeting 2010
April 24, 2010 at Chicago State University, Chicago, IL
April 24, 2010 at Cypress College, Cypress, CA
April 29 - May 1, 2010 at University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Idaho-Utah Section Spring Meeting 2010
April 30 - May 1, 2010 at Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
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is being offered at Dickinson College Carlisle, PA from June 19 ‐ 21, 2010.
Vernier will offer one college subject-specific institute in a 2-day, hands-on workshop on August 9 - August 10, 2010 in Washington, DC. The 2-day College Physics Institute will survey all data-collection and video tools offered by Vernier. Participants will learn both basic and advanced skills in Logger Pro, including configuring graphs, performing custom curve fits, setting up calculated columns and customized data-collection modes. Video capture and analysis will be emphasized. Data collection will use LabQuest, LabQuest Mini, and wireless force sensors. All common physics sensors will be available, including rotary motion kits and optics devices. Included in the workshop fee of $199 is breakfast/lunch and a free copy of Physics with Video Analysis. Visit http://www.vernier.com/workshop/college.html?subject=physics for more information.
Toyota is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the 2010 Toyota International Teacher Program to the Galapagos Islands, a fully-funded professional development program for U.S. educators. Funded by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program aims to advance environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities. The program will take place November 20 – December 4, 2010 and the deadline to apply is May 26, 2010. Full-time classroom teachers and librarians of all subjects for grades 6 – 12 are eligible to apply! Please visit our website at www.toyota4education.com for application instructions, FAQs, and to apply online.
During the summer of 2010, the Advanced Lab Physics Association (ALPhA) will be inaugurating their "Laboratory Immersions". Last year's AAPT/APS-sponsored Topical Conference on Advanced Laboratories highlighted the need for training opportunities which would broaden the expertise of advanced laboratory instructors. ALPhA's Laboratory Immersions offer an opportunity to spend three full days, with expert colleagues on hand, learning the details of a single experiment well enough to teach it with confidence. The 2010 Immersions are:
The Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS) Project introduces the science and uses of underwater sound and provides easy, efficient access to timely peer reviewed content on the effects of underwater sound on marine animals. The DOSITS team, led by Gail Scowcroft of the University of Rhode Island Office of Marine Programs (OMP), announces the launch of a newly redesigned website (http://www.dosits.org) that takes advantage of the advances in web technology since the website was originally launched in November 2002.
The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) invites applications for the newly-created position of ASA Education Coordinator. Application information and instructions can be found at http://asa.aip.org/coordinator.pdf. The review of applications will begin on April 15, 2010 and continue until the position is filled.
A special session on "Homemade Musical Instruments for Teaching Acoustics" will be held on Monday, April 19th, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Baltimore. The session, organized by Thomas Rossing (Stanford University), Preston Wilson (University of Texas), and Andrew Morrison (DePaul University), will include presentations by students from Westown School (Pennsylvania) and Mount Vernon High School (Virginia), as well as by several experienced physics teachers at high schools, colleges, and a science museum. The session will take place in the Dover A/B/C room at the Baltimore Waterfront Mariott Hotel. High school teachers and students may attend the session without charge but are required to register. If you register on-site, write "High School Teacher" or "High School Student" on the registration form so that the registration personnel do not charge you the registration fee.
The Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE), established in 2009 to encourage innovation and excellence in education, as well as to encourage the use of high-quality on-line resources by students, teachers, and the public, is now accepting nominations for the 2010 awards cycle.
High school students from across the country are invited to GO GREEN by participating in the newest phase of the nationwide Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.
K-12 students: Tell us why Science is Cool! Enter now for the USA Science & Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Contest! Have your video screened on the National Mall, win prize money and possibly even a trip to the Expo on the Mall!
To find out more about the contest and to submit your registration form go to the Festival website.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching have launched the nomination period for the 2010 U.S. Professors of the Year awards.
Laserfest is a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the laser, which was first demonstrated in 1960, and is a collaboration between the American Physical Society, the Optical Society, SPIE and IEEE Photonics Society.
While there will be an actual Lab Day on May 12, 2010 to celebrate our effort, the National Lab Day program has already begun—join us! Wondering what your class can do for National Lab Day? First, take a look at the great YouTube video below created specifically for the STEM community at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HOYFktLyk4.
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