eNNOUNCER December, 2010
AAPT National Election Results
The results are in! The new Executive Board officers beginning in 2011 are:
These three officers will begin their service following the AAPT Winter Meeting in Jacksonville, FL in January 2011.
AAPT 2010-2013 Strategic Plan
The Association recently completed and approved a new 2010-2013 Strategic Plan. Both the version with strategies and the version without strategies are available for members, sections, and committees to review as they align their programs and activities with the goals of AAPT.
January 8-12, 2011
Professional Development Workshops
AAPT Symposium on Education Policy: Having an Impact, Improving the Landscape, featuring
Book your room at the Hyatt Regency for the low conference rate. Cutoff date for reservations at the group rate is December 16, 2010.
Also, in an effort to keep costs low, American Airlines is offering a 5% discount on airfare for our attendees. Enter the promotional code: 5511AQ. Get 2011 Winter Meeting updates by following us on Twitter (@physicsteachers) and be sure to use the conference hashtag #aaptwm11 in your tweets! You can also find meeting updates and more on our Facebook page.
Save the Date:
The American Association of Physics Teachers is seeking a new Editor for the American Journal of Physics to transition into the post by January 2012. See the press release for more information.
AAPT presents a 18-month experience designed specifically for Two-Year College Physics Faculty in their first five years of teaching.
For more information and an application please visit our website at http://www.aapt.org/Conferences/newfaculty/tyc.cfm
The AAPT ementoring program is designed to connect pre-college physics educators in need of additional guidance with experienced pre-college physics educators. Based on each mentee's profile, the program will find the most qualified mentor to fit the needs of that mentee. Once the mentee is matched with their mentor, they can start communicating through email, voice chat, telephone, or in some cases face-to-face. All participants will have an opportunity to grow professionally and connect with colleagues at a regional or national level. Learn more at http://ementoring.aapt.org.
The U.S. Physics Team program is a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the annual International Physics Olympiad Competition. Preliminary exam dates are January 18-28, 2011. See www.aapt.org/physicsteam for registration information.
Each year, approximately 10,000 students take a 40-question, 45-minute timed, multiple-choice test under their school’s supervision. The 2011 exam will be given between March 30 and April 13, 2011. Exam questions are based on topics and concepts covered in a typical high school physics course.
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 internship postings ONLY. "Internship" Job Level must be selected when posting to access this offer.
AAPT offers a full day of physics content at the NSTA Area Conferences. Physics Day consists of presentations on physics topics of current interest, physics demonstrations for the pre-college classroom and a make-and-take session. AAPT will be hosting a booth in the exhibit hall with giveaways and a raffle drawing!
We will have our many collection sites up and running for you to take a test drive and review. There will be materials for you to take away and share with colleagues, as well as editors and staff to answer any questions you may have. Please stop by Booth #116 and see what ComPADRE has to offer.
American Journal of Physics
Resource Letter PTG-1: Precision Tests of Gravity
The Physics Teacher
Experiments with Helium‐Filled Balloons
The 2011 AAPT Calendar is now available. Each month showcases one of the top 100 entries (photo and essay) from the 2010 AAPT High School Physics Contest. This high quality calendar makes a great holiday gift for yourself, a friend, colleague, or student. Creative as well as educational, it's the perfect addition to any classroom. Order yours now, while supplies last! $4.99 AAPT Members. Fax your order to 301.209.0845 or order online at The Physics Store.
Black shirts with white print "Don’t DRINK and Derive" and many incorrect physics formulas printed on the back. AAPT logo printed on front. Comes in M, L, XL, XXL size. Excellent gift idea. $10 AAPT Members. Fax your order to 301.209.0845 or order online at The Physics Store.
Keep moving with AAPT's new 7" thermal tumbler embossed with the popular "Don't Drink and Derive" motto and AAPT logo. Clear tumbler over stainless steel liner gives a modern, metallic look. Features double wall construction, stainless steel thumb-slide lid, and blue lettering. $12 AAPT Members. Find it at The Physics Store.
Issaquah Teacher Wins New Physics Award
Issaquah High School students are not the only ones who hold physics teacher Tom Haff in their high esteem. The Washington chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers awarded Haff with an Outstanding High School Teacher Award Oct. 9 at its state meeting.
Arlington High School Teacher Heads to South Pole in Name of Science, Education
Katherine Shirey will spend a month working at the South Pole on an experiment investigating the production of cosmic rays and tiny, elusive particles known as neutrinos. It's an inquiry on the frontier of modern science—the kind of project that doesn't often invite 29-year-old high school teachers to participate. Students in her 11th-grade physics class at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA worked diligently, wrapping reflective Mylar around cardboard boxes, thinking through the physics of their creations: solar ovens. The best oven will be shipped with Shirey to the South Pole for scientific research, directing the sun's rays to a frozen pizza bagel at Earth's southernmost point.
Physics with fizz
Rutgers is one of the top producers of physics teachers, thanks to a professor who doesn't believe in "teach" or "lecture."
Wittenberg Teacher Wins Ohio Professor of the Year
A Wittenberg University associate professor of physics has been named Ohio Professor of the Year. Dan Fleisch received the honor from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The U.S. Professor of the Year program is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate education. http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2010/11/18/wittenberg-professor-named-ohio.html
Freshman Physics Class Really Taking Off
Last month, they made the rockets, and on Monday morning, the students in Riverhead High School teacher Greg Wallace’s freshman physics class got to fire them off. Read more... http://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com/2010/11/4495/freshman-physics-class-really-taking-off/
Section News Online
See the July 2010 Section News here. http://www.aapt.org/Sections/upload/Section-News_July2010.pdf
Wilbur A. Miner
Wilbur A. Miner, "Will" passed away at Joliet Area Community Hospice Home, October 24, 2010. He was 77. Miner taught physics at Joliet Township High School from 1962 until 1965 and Joliet Junior College from 1965 until his retirement in 1994. He served as Illinois Section AAPT (ISAAPT) Secretary/Treasurer for 8 years (1981-1988), longer than any other person in this position. More information at http://www.aapt.org/Membership/inmemoriam.cfm
Gerard P. Lietz
Gerard P. Lietz passed away on Friday, November 26 at the age of 72 after a year long battle with battled leukemia.
The U.S. team leaders are now accepting applications for the U.S. delegation to the 4th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The conference will feature discussions of the progress and challenges in increasing the numbers and advancement of women in physics around the world; highlight exciting physics frontiers; and feature successful strategies for attracting girls to physics, helping young women launch physics careers, and promoting more women into leadership positions. Numerous opportunities are planned for networking, professional development, exploring international collaborations, and sharing research interests and results. More information about the conference may be found at: http://www.acitravel.co.za/event/index.php?eventID=20. The U.S. team leaders are seeking funding to help cover most, but not necessarily all, of the travel costs of selected delegation members. More information about the application guidelines and submission process is available at http://www.uswip.org. The deadline for submitting applications is midnight, EST, on January 7, 2011. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Join PASCO trainers live online for free interactive training on the use of PASCO probeware, curriculum, and software solutions. Register now for the FREE public online trainings or schedule a custom online training series for your school or district.
NEXT SESSIONS for December:
For more information on our web trainings, go to PASCO's Professional Development page.
June 19-21, 2011
Countries with the best-performing school systems largely recruit teachers from the top third of high school and college graduates, while the United States has difficulty attracting its top students to the profession, a new report finds. Singapore, Finland, and South Korea draw 100 percent of their teachers from the top third of the academic pool, write the authors, Byron Auguste, Paul Kihn, and Matt Miller, of the management-consulting firm McKinsey & Co., based in Washington. But only 23 percent of U.S. teachers come from the top third of college graduates—and in high-poverty schools, that rate drops to 14 percent.
The AIP Statistical Research Center (SRC) has published the Fall 2010 set of Physics Trends flyers. These are printable flyers suitable for display.
Physics for the 21st Century is an on-line course exploring the frontiers of physics. Designed for adult learners including high school teachers, undergraduates and the interested public—college graduates who were non-science majors, the course will look at advances in physics and physics research and their potential impact on everyday life.
The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. The Registry is open to students and graduate schools in the fields of Anthropology/Archaeology, Arts/Humanities, Biology/Biochemistry, Business, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Economics, Education, Engineering, English and Linguistics, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Health Professions, History, Journalism and Communications, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/ Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology.
The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI/GSO) has launched one of the most comprehensive Internet resources on hurricanes, Hurricanes: Science and Society (HSS; http://www.hurricanescience.org). The HSS website and its associated educational resources provide information on the science of hurricanes, methods of observing hurricanes, modeling and forecasting of hurricanes, how hurricanes impact society, and how people and communities can prepare for and mitigate the impacts of hurricanes.
The program places academically talented high school students with interest and ability in science and mathematics as apprentices in Department of Navy laboratories for eight weeks during the summer. These students work with scientists and engineers who act as mentors. The program offers students a unique and positive experience in their fields of interest, thus encouraging them to pursue careers in science and engineering. Find more information here: http://seap.asee.org/program_details
Department of Physics and Astronomy
The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa! The program will take place July 24 – August 10, 2011. Full-time classroom teachers of all subjects and librarians, grades 7 – 12, are now invited to apply online.
June 20-24, 2011, at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY
Educational outreach is one of the most important and significant ways OSA supports local communities and assists educators in inspiring tomorrow's young scientists. To that end, we have developed a variety of materials and programs to address the needs of students from elementary school through university studies.
The application process for 2011 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.
March 17-20, 2011 on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State
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