eNNOUNCER August, 2010
The first impression received upon arriving in Portland was how the physics of flight made it possible for us to almost shake hands with the summit of Mt. Hood. After hours of looking at the earth far below us, our view was suddenly filled by this prodigious snow covered volcanic peak and it was breathtaking!
Save the Date: 2011 AAPT Winter Meeting, Jacksonville, FL. January 8-12, 2011. Celebrating 100 Years of Nuclear Physics (1911-2011). http://www.aapt.org/Conferences/wm2011/
The US top physics students are bringing home 1 gold medal, 2 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals from the 41st International Physics Olympiad, held this year from July 17 to 25 in Zagreb, Croatia.
Attendees at the AAPT Summer Meeting in Portland voted for their favorites from the top 100 photos selected by the judges and displayed during the meeting. The winning photos are below.
Presentations from the 2010 Department Chairs Conference, Broadening Physics Career Paths: Industry, Education & Policy, hosted by AAPT and APS are available online at http://www.aps.org/programs/education/chairs/index.cfm.
AAPT and ComPadre hosted SPS intern, Shane Allison this summer. The SPS internships are broad-based learning opportunities for undergraduate physics majors. The 2010 interns worked at a wide variety of locations from NASA, OSA, APS and NIST to the House of Representatives and the AIP Center for the History of Physics. Shane, a student from the University of Wyoming, worked with Bruce Mason from ComPADRE on the Physics Digital Library and Physics Classroom collections. He helped with cataloging and video formatting for the collections. Shane was able to attend the 2010 Summer Meeting in Portland. His impression was that AAPT members are very busy, helpful, and knowledgable. The interns had some free time to tour the Washington, DC area and build relationships with each other. We wish Shane success as he returns to his studies.
The Calculator Pad represents the effort of The Physics Classroom website to provide students with practice solving physics word problems. Approximately 30 problems of varying degree of difficulty are provided for each topic. Answers can be easily viewed by clicking a button. And an audio file (mp3 format) is provided which explains the solution to the problem in great detail. With problems, answers, and solutions, physics students can learn to practice good habits of solving physics word problems and improve their understanding of quantitative relationships in physics.
PERLOC is awarding a finite number of small grants to members of PERTG to support a faculty member, postdoc, or graduate student in visiting another research group for a period of internship, dialogue, collaboration, training, or the like. This Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) program seeks to assist scholars in crossing institutional boundaries to acquire and share the skills and knowledge that promote rigorous physics education research. The two goals of the program are to facilitate productive research interactions among PER scholars and to support the professional development of individuals in the PER community.
Grants will be up to $2500. The application deadline is August 15.
The AAPT Membership and Benefits Committee in conjunction with the membership department will invite members to create original videos about why someone should join the association. Approved videos will then be posted on the AAPT YouTube Channel. Entrants will submit their videos together with copyright transfer/entry agreement form to AAPT between August 15 and November 15, 2010.
Preconceptions in Mechanics: Lessons for Dealing with Students' Conceptual Difficulties, Second Edition
This second edition of Charles Camp and John J. Clement's book contains a set of 24 innovative lessons and laboratories in mechanics for high school physics classrooms that was developed by a team of teachers and science education researchers. Research has shown that certain student preconceptions conflict with current physical theories and seem to resist change when using traditional instructional techniques. This book provides a set of lessons that are aimed specifically at these particularly troublesome areas: Normal Forces, Friction, Newton's Third Law, Relative Motion, Gravity, Inertia, and Tension. (380 pp.) A CD of all Materials for Duplication will be included with the book. $35/$28 AAPT Members. Find it at The Physics Store.
SpectraSound Music Transmission Device
As part of the 50th anniversary of the laser, LaserFest created a kit called SpectraSound that allows you to transmit sound from your music player through a laser pointer to speakers across the room or further. With mirrors, you will be able to send your music anywhere! All you need is a music player (iPod, cassette player, transistor radio...etc.), 3 AAA batteries, and an amplified speaker system (most stereos with an AUX input will work). $18/$15 AAPT Members. Find it at The Physics Store.
J. Clint Sprott
A tuxedoed physics professor, J. Clint Sprott, wows a full house with catchy visual demonstrations of waves, friction and Newton’s laws in a July 13, 2010 article from PHYSORG.com. Follow this link to read more about Sprott's show "The Wonders of Physics." http://www.physorg.com/news198245776.html
Section News Online
Section Representatives at the Summer Meeting in Portland
See the July 2010 Section News here. http://www.aapt.org/Sections/upload/Section-News_July2010.pdf
ClassWish.org is an exciting new nonprofit that offers an innovative and unusually effective opportunity to improve education for tens of millions of school children. It offers a rewarding and efficient way to address one of the great challenges to K-12 education: the lack of resources in schools resulting from slashed school budgets.
Dance, physics, tea, and cake collide in the September 10th world premiere of The Matter of Origins, a two-act performance created by the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, The Matter of Origins explores the nature of beginnings and the physics that underlies the origin of matter, using extensive research into historic and current points of reference including the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. More information about The Matter of Origins can be found here: http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/2010/c/performances/performance?rowid=11121.
The Spring 2010 issue of the International Newsletter on Physics Education is now available at http://web.phys.ksu.edu/icpe/Newsletters/n59.pdf.
The non-profit Teachers in Space has already selected seven Pathfinder astronaut teacher candidates. The Original Seven, who were announced on July 20, 2009 at NASA Ames Research Center, have already begun training for their flights into space, which are expected to occur in about two years. Today Teachers in Space announced that it will be selecting three additional Pathfinders. The new competition, which is expected to last about a year, will begin within the next few weeks.
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 in Washington D.C.!
For more information, visit the USA Science & Engineering Festival website.
Be sure to drop by the booth we will be sharing with SPS and Laserfest.
Through a wide-range of events and activities, LaserFest will tell the story of the pioneering development of the laser and explore how scientific research leads to technological innovation that can impact and transform all segments of society. We encourage you to get your local schools, universities, and communities involved. http://www.laserfest.org/index.cfm
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