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eNNOUNCER December 2012            

eNNOUNCER December 2012


2012 Election Results


We offer congratulations to the following: Mary Mogge, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, has been elected as Vice President. Wolfgang Christian, Davidson College, has been elected as Secretary. Aaron Titus, High Point University, has been elected as At-Large Four-Year College Representative. They will join the AAPT Executive Board following the Winter Meeting 2013 in New Orleans, LA.  We thank all of the candidates who participated and share in AAPT's accomplishments.


AAPT 2013 Winter Meeting


New Orleans – January 5-9
                      AAPT 2013 Winter Meeting in New Orleans, LA, And All That JazzThe AAPT Winter meeting offers an excellent opportunity for members, colleagues, and future physicists from around the world to participate in physics workshops, meet and greet other physics educators, form networks, engage exhibitors, and learn about the latest physics resources.
                      Post-deadline abstracts are still being accepted until December 9.
  High School Physics Teachers Day
Are you a high school physics teacher who would like to experience your first AAPT National Meeting? Join us on Monday, January 7 for the special discounted registration fee of $75.
  The Hyatt Regency Hotel deadline is Monday, December 10
We cannot guarantee the group rate or availability after this date. It is recommended that you make your room reservation sooner rather than later due to the popularity of New Orleans this time of year.
  Featured Sessions (click here to view all sessions)

  • Instructional Labs that use Sound or Music
  • History and Strengthening of Physics Departments at HBCU's
  • Panel: Reports from the Conference for Undergraduate Women in          Physics
  • Teaching in High Schools of Districts with Limited Resources
  • Preparing Teachers for Technology Needed in  Teaching Physics

AAPT Weekend Workshops
Add a workshop to your meeting registration or if you can't make the meeting we offer workshop only registration.


Special Events
Join fellow AAPT colleagues at Jazz Night, a special event to be held 9-10 pm, Tuesday, January 8. We have arranged for the famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band to give a concert at the conference hotel.  Regular tickets are $20 with wine and beer available for purchase.  VIP tickets at $75 provide you with priority seating and complimentary wine and beer


Register now and take advantage of the advanced registration rates.


New Faculty Alumni at WM13


Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop Alumni gathering at the 2013 AAPT Winter Meeting: Monday, January 7, 12:30-1:30 (room TBD).  Please stop by and share your teaching experiences with Bob Hilborn, Beth Cunningham, and fellow New Faculty Alumni.


Give To AAPT!


As an AAPT member, you received a letter in November asking for contributions to support the many important programs of the Association.  While many of AAPT’s programs are partially supported by registration fees and the donations of corporate or federal government sponsors, there are still significant costs associated with the programs of the Association.  Please consider giving what you can to ensure that we can continue in our efforts to enhance the quality and effectiveness of physics education at all levels.  Giving to the AAPT is easier than ever before! Make your gift online.


Call for Editor: The Physics Teacher


AAPT invites applications, inquires, and nominations for the position of Editor of The Physics Teacher (TPT), with an appointment to begin in the summer 2013. TPT is a prestigious journal/magazine dedicated to the advancement of physics teaching at the high school and introductory college/university levels. The editor has full responsibility for the content of the journal. Read more.


Two-Year College New Faculty Experience


The Two-Year College New Faculty Training Experience is now accepting applications for the 2013 Group!  Focused on Physics Education Research and led by experienced two-year college physics instructors, this training experience will provide new faculty members with knowledge of active learning techniques. Apply online.


AAPT Congratulates David Cook and David Meltzer on  Election to APS Fellowships


Cook, David M. – Lawrence University
                      Citation: For the prominent roles he has played in developing and disseminating outstanding computational elements for undergraduate physics courses, in building an exemplary undergraduate physics program, and in executive leadership of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
  Meltzer, David E. – Arizona State University
                      Citation: For his tireless advocacy for the quality of professional preparation of K-12 teachers and for the depth and breadth of his scholarly contributions to research in physics education and the community of physics education researchers.
  Read about APS Fellowships.


Workshop for Experienced Physics and Astronomy Faculty Members


Thanks to generous support from the National Science Foundation, AAPT in collaboration with the American Physical Society and the American Astronomical Society is hosting a workshop April 5-7, 2013 at the American Center for Physics aimed at tenured faculty members who want to learn more about effective physics and astronomy teaching practices and the evidence for the effectiveness of those practices in their roles as department leaders, mentors for junior faculty members, and physics and astronomy educators.  The workshop will have a mix of presentations by national leaders such as Eric Mazur and Carl Wieman and small group discussions. Apply online before Monday, February 4, 2013.  Please apply early because the number of participant slots is limited.  Also, please bring this notice to the attention of other faculty members who would benefit from attending the workshop.


PhysicsBowl Registration Now Open!


Registration is now open for the 2013 PhysicsBowl taking place April 3 - April 17, 2013. Read more online.
                      PhysicsBowlMichael Faleski, PhysicsBowl Coordinator and Associate Professor of Physics at Delta College, and the PhysicsBowl Advisory Board are seeking physics educators interested in joining the Board and assisting in preparing the exams.  This is a fun and unique way of getting high school students excited about physics.  If you are interested in joining the PhysicsBowl Advisory Board, please send a message expressing your interest to eo@aapt.org.


2012 F=ma Contest Deadline Approaches


U.S. Physics TeamTime is running out  for your high school students to have a chance to represent the United States at the 2013 International Physics Olympiad. December 10 is the last day to register for the F=ma exam. Register online now!


AAPT Undergraduate Physics Program Review Project


AAPT recognizes that undergraduate physics programs benefit from receiving feedback on the quality of the program.  In order to assist physics programs that are planning a review, AAPT maintains a list of reviewers whose name will be supplied to institutions submitting requests.    To be a reviewer, you must meet a number of qualifications - see the qualifications. If you fulfill the qualifications and are interested in serving as an external reviewer, please send a short message to eo@aapt.org to begin the process for being placed on the list.  If your department or program is interested in requesting names of potential reviewers, please send a request to eo@aapt.org or via fax at 301-209-0845.


Sustainability Improves Student Learning in STEM


Are you interested in contributing your knowledge about sustainability issues such as climate change to textbooks and other resources for faculty and student?  If so, please consider joining AAPT and our partner disciplinary societies in the "Sustainability Improves Student Learning in STEM" project. Read more about textbook contributions.  The project is also interested in physics faculty members teaching about climate change tipping points.  Please contact Beth Cunningham, AAPT Executive Officer (eo@aapt.org) if you would like to be more involved in this project and/or are teaching about climate change.


2013 High School Physics Photo Contest Calendar


2013 High School Physics Photo Contest CalendarAs a gift giving option, The Physics Store carries  the 2013 High School Physics Photo Contest calendar for $9.99 each. Members receive 20% off when purchasing 2 calendars or 33% off when ordering 3 or more. All proceeds support the Physics Photo Contest. Additionally, donations directly to the High School Physics Photo Contest Fund are greatly appreciated and ensure the continuation of the program. Make your gift online.


DVD Sale


Members receive 15% off member rate in December on:
                      Miller Collection/Physics Single-Concepts
                      Physics Single-Concept Collection 1
                      Physics Single-Concept Collection 2
                      Usually $150 - now $135.15 - School price at Ztek is $199.00
                      Schools may order with a Purchase Order and receive the member rate if they include the name of the physics educator at their institution who is an AAPT member.


Is Your Membership Up-to-date?


It may be time to renew and ensure continuity of your benefits, services and valuable AAPT journal content. Log into your member record at AAPT.org using your ID and password. You can verify your status from your profile page and use the link provided there to renew. If you have any questions, or concerns or need further assistance, feel free to contact Member Services at 301-209-3333, or by e-mail at membership@aapt.org.




Science Reasoning Center @ The Physics Classroom


The Science Reasoning Center provides teachers with a collection of teacher-friendly and classroom-ready activities for cultivating and assessing students' ability to reason scientifically. The activities are worksheets that consist of reading passages accompanied by questions. The worksheets are organized by  physics topics. The passages and accompanying questions engage students in a variety of types of tasks. These tasks fall into the broad categories of interpreting data, analyzing experiments, and evaluating models and theories.
                      The Physics Classroom is an online, free-to-use, physics website developed primarily for high school physics students and teachers. The website features a variety of sections intended to support both teachers and students in the tasks of learning and teaching physics.


                      Are You a New Physics Teacher? Could You Use a Little Help?


Are you a veteran physics teacher who could mentor a new physics teacher? The AAPT eMentoring program is designed to connect pre-college physics educators in need of additional guidance with experienced pre-college physics educators. Learn more.


Section News


The December 2012 Section News is now being organized. Section Representatitves should send reports to us by December 31, 2012.
                      To list your section meeting in the AAPT Calendar of Events, e-mail the information to mgardner@aapt.org. See the July 2012 Section News.


Social Media Update


We've shortened our Facebook and Twitter usernames.
You can now find us at http://facebook.com/AAPTHQ and http://twitter.com/AAPTHQ, formerly "physicsteachers."
                      If you're not following us on social media,  this is your chance.
                      AAPT on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/AAPTHQ
AAPT on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/aaptlinkedin


Update on the Final Public Draft of the Next Generation Science Standards


The release of the second and final public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is set for the first week in January.  In recognition of the hectic schedules in December and the approaching holidays, the NGSS staff wanted to ensure all educators, stakeholders and the public had appropriate access to the draft.  They fully encourage all interested parties to review the draft as individuals or in groups and provide feedback to the Lead States and writers. Review the draft.


A Look At Sequestration: Potential Cuts to Federal R&D In the First Five Years


A report recently released by the AAAS Science & Policy department looks at what sequestration is and how the mandatory budget cuts would  impact federal funding of science, research, and innovation. Download and read the full report.


Registration Now Open for the 2013 Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics


Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) are three-day regional conferences for undergraduate physics majors. The 2013 conferences will run Friday evening, January 18 through Sunday afternoon, January 20, 2013. For 2013, there will be six regional conferences; students are encouraged to apply to the nearest conference. Students must apply by November 15, 2012 for consideration. Read more online.


2013 PhysTEC Conference


Preparing the Next Generation of Physics Teachers
                      March 16-17, 2013 in Baltimore, MD

                      Registration is now open for the 2013 Annual PhysTEC Conference. This year's opening plenary will be given by Richard Steinberg, Program Director of Science Education at City College of New York and author of An Inquiry Into Science Education, Where the Rubber Meets the Road. Additional plenary speakers include Michael Marder, University of Texas at Austin, and Catherine Good, Baruch College. In collaboration with the American Chemical Society, the conference will also feature sessions on chemistry teacher preparation. The 2013 conference is being held in conjunction with the American Physical Society March Meeting.


Call for Manuscript Proposals


The PhysTEC, APS, AAPT are calling for manuscript proposals for a new peer-reviewed book entitled Effective Practices in Preservice Physics Teacher Education: Recruitment, Retention, and Preparation.  Manuscript proposals are due February 1, 2013. Review call for manuscript proposals.


PhET Interactive Simulations Project                       Needs Your Help!


To help us secure future funding to advance our work and keep PhET free, and to make the site as useful as possible for YOU, we need to know more about how, where, and why you use PhET in your teaching, and how you see the simulations influencing your students' learning. We also want your input on future directions for the PhET project. The survey will take ~15-20 minutes, and your answers automatically save as you progress. Take the survey.


WANTED: High School Physics Teachers to Participate in Evaluation Study!


WNET has designed an online professional development module based around a set of online digital resources drawn from the NASA archives. EDC’s Center for Children and Technology  (cct.edc.org) is recruiting high school physics and engineering teachers from around the US to help evaluation this PD module and we need your expertise! Between January and February 2013, participating teachers will write two lesson plans, review a PD module, and participate in a phone interview. Teachers who complete these activities will receive a $250 stipend.
                      If you are interested in participating, please fill out this short survey and we will contact you shortly with further information.


Summer School Opportunity for Physics Teachers and Students


Undergraduate physics and astronomy faculty members, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows are invited to apply for the NCAR Heliophysics Summer School to be held in Boulder, CO July 12-19, 2013.  The Heliophysics Summer School focuses on the physics of space weather events that start at the Sun and influence atmospheres, ionospheres and magnetospheres throughout the solar system. Learn more.


27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research


The deadline for abstracts for the 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research is December 4th.  This is an opportunity for undergraduate students in all disciplines, including physics, to present results of their scholarly and creative activities in partnership with their faculty mentor.  The conference will be held April 11-13, 2013 on the campus of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse. More information.


Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) Free Residential Summer Program


The Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) free residential summer program for science teachers and high school students accepts applications starting in December for summer 2013. PAN participants will learn about scientific research in nuclear astrophysics and conduct their own experiments. Teachers can earn continuing education credit for participation. The teacher program will run from July 29 – August 2 at Michigan State University, and student programs will run from June 24-28 at University of Notre Dame and August 5-9 at Michigan State University. Applications are due by April 5, 2013.
                      Learn more and apply online.


Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowships


The application process for 2013 Teaching Fellowships is now open. Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Science and Mathematics Teaching Fellows are chosen from among young men and women who have earned or are in the process of earning a degree in science, mathematics or engineering from a recognized institution of higher education. Applications are due by noon on January 9, 2013. Apply now.


Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Teachers' Conference


Saturday, March 2, 2013
                      Kohn Hall - University of California Santa Barbara, CA

                      The KITP is dedicated to a series of one-day conferences designed to bring secondary school science teachers in the U.S. into close contact with some of the world's leading experts in the most exciting current areas of forefront physics research. More information.


International Exchange and Research Opportunities for U.S. Classroom Teachers


The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is currently offering Fulbright grants to participate in international exchanges during the 2013-2014 academic year through the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program (CTE) and the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program (DA).
                      Read more online.
                      The application deadline for the DA program is December 15, 2012.
  Apply online.


Open Letter to the President: Physics Education


Minute Physics petitions President Obama to make Physics more awesome in the U.S. "Otherwise the next Carl Sagan or Richard Feynman will come from somewhere with more educational foresight." Watch video.




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