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eNNOUNCER February 2011

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2011 Winter Meeting in Jacksonville, FL

In Review
The 2011 Winter Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida was a great success. Thanks to all who participated. Ustream recordings and presentation slides of the Awards and Plenary Sessions are available on the Winter Meeting webpage. You can enjoy these and additional meeting highlights on the WM11 highlights webpage.

The Society of Physics Students unveiled its new Digital Poster Gallery at the 2011 AAPT Winter Meeting. The new tool enables interested parties to review posters in advance of the meeting, and it provides a record of a student's participation in the meeting long after the meeting is over. Abstracts accompany the visual presentation of each poster.

Treasurer's Report by Paul W. Zitzewitz at 2011 Winter Meeting
In his report, delivered during the 2011 Winter Meeting, AAPT Treasurer, Paul Zitzewitz began, "May you be treasurer in interesting times," adapted from an inauthentic Chinese saying. These have indeed been very challenging times for the finances of the AAPT. Read the report.

Seeking New Editor for the American Journal of Physics

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.

7 Myths About High School Physics

Why Take Physics?Produced by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the American Physical Society (APS), and the Society of Physics Students (SPS), this handsome brochure dispels the popular myths associated with taking physics in high school. The 7 Myths About High School Physics brochure is intended to help inform guidance counselors, parents, students, and others about the benefits of taking physics in high school.
Download the brochure here.

"All students should have the chance to spark their curiosity with physics."

PhysTEC Project Synopsis - Physics Teacher Education Coalition

PhysTEC, a partnership between the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the American Physical Society, (APS) with support from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and funding primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has posted a synopsis of 2010 PhysTEC projects on their website at http://www.phystec.org/presentations/

2011 Physics Teacher Education Coalition Conference

The annual Physics Teacher Education Coalition Conference is the nation's largest meeting dedicated to physics teacher education. The 2011 conference will be held May 23-24 at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, TX. The meeting will focus on Building Sustainable Teacher Education Programs. It features workshops, panel discussions and presentations by national leaders as well as excellent networking opportunities. The 2011 conference will be held jointly with the UTeach-NMSI Institute Annual Conference. Learn more at http://www.ptec.org/conferences/2011/

Two-Year College New Faculty Experience

AAPT presents an 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

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

eMentoring logoThe AAPT ementoring program is designed to connect pre-college physics educators in need of additional guidance with experienced pre-college physics educators. Learn more at http://ementoring.aapt.org.

PhysicsBowl Registration

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.

  • T-shirts awarded to the five top students in the top scoring school in each region
  • Certificate of Participation provided as a printable PDF for all teachers and students competing
  • Additional awards to be announced

Register Online.

Need a Great Science Intern?

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.


comPADREPER-Central is a ComPADRE collection designed specifically to serve as an informational touchpoint and online community for "producers" and "consumers" of physics education research (PER). Here you will find links to articles and dissertations, research groups, PER-based curricular materials, news and events, and many other things of interest to our community. Everyone is encouraged to register and participate in the growth of the site—the more visitors we have coming through and providing thoughts, opinions, and further content, the more valuable this site will become!

PERLOC 2011 Conference Grants

PERLOC is awarding a finite number of small grants of up to $500 based on a combination of need and merit to members of PERTG to defray professional costs associated with attending and presenting at conferences.
One-page applications should include: (a) justification of the need for PERLOC funding; (b) a description of the impact of the use of the funding on the applicant's professional development and on the field. Applicants should also provide a breakdown of costs, actual or estimated, for which scholarships will be used.
This round of applications includes requests for meetings held between June 1st, 2011 and June 1st, 2012. Deadline for applications is March 1.
To apply, please submit a one-page request to Eugenia Etkina, eugenia.etkina@gse.rutgers.edu via email; use the subject line PERLOC Conference grant application. Decisions will be made by April 1st.

Featured Journal Articles

American Journal of Physics

Resource Letter MP-2: The Manhattan Project and related nuclear research
B. Cameron Reed
This Resource Letter is a supplement to Resource Letter MP-1 and provides further sources on the Manhattan Project and related nuclear research.

The Physics Teacher

Standing Waves in a Nonuniform Medium
A recent note in this journal presented a demonstration of standing waves along a cord consisting of two parts having different material densities, showing different sized wavelengths in each part. A generalization of that experiment to a continuously varying linear mass density is to vibrate a strip of material with gradually varying width (mass per unit length), in order to show that as the strip gets wider, the wavelength becomes shorter.

Physics Store Features

AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest Note Cards

2011 CalendarThese vibrant note cards were selected from the Best of the AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest. Each note card features a unique image displaying physics phenomena that you can send to your physics colleagues or anyone who appreciates fine photography. Pack of 10 selected images with envelopes. (GIFT-1) $14.99 AAPT Members. Fax your order to 301.209.0845 or order online at The Physics Store.

Float Your Boat!Powerful Ideas in Physics

This undergraduate course CD allows you to search topics, print out just what you need, modify worksheets, and more. The Powerful Ideas course model is intended for faculty who teach college students who aspire to be tomorrow’s elementary educators. The course content focuses on those physical science concepts that are initially introduced in elementary science curricula. (CTCD-ALL) $100 off regular price for AAPT Members. Fax your order to 301.209.0845 or order online at The Physics Store.

Pi Lapel PinPi Lapel Pins

Not enough room to put 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028... on your lapel? We have the solution to that equation. Made of pewter, this lapel pin shows your scientific pride. (P-1) $4.95 AAPT Members. Find it at The Physics Store. Celebrate Pi Day on 3/14.

Section News

Chesapeake Section Spring Meeting

CS-AAPT will meet April 8-9, 2011 at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus for their spring meeting. See http://www.udel.edu/physics/csaapt/ for more information.

Michigan Section Spring Meeting

The MIAAPT Spring Meeting will be at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) on Friday and Saturday, April 15th and 16th. David Sokoloff, President of AAPT, will be our Keynote speaker. We plan to keep him busy with a Saturday workshop and a Friday seminar for the GVSU faculty. We invite those in nearby states to join us. Allendale is near Grand Rapids and is less than 2 hours from South Bend, IN. Information about hotels as well as abstracts of workshops and talks will be available the last week of March.
Our Fall meeting was at the University of Michigan Dearborn. Brad Ambrose of GVSU did a fantastic job of organizing the meeting even with some necessary last minute changes. The abstracts of the talks are available at http://web.miaapt.org/meetings/fall-2010. You may contact the presenters for additional information about the talks and workshops.

Section News Online

To list your section meeting in the AAPT Calendar of Events, e-mail the information to mgardner@aapt.org.

A New College Science Prize

To start the new year, Science is pleased to announce the "Science prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction" to highlight outstanding "modules" for teaching introductory college science courses that can readily spread to other settings and schools. For more information see http://www.sciencemag.org/site/feature/data/prizes/inquiry/.
Read more at http://www.sciencemag.org/content/331/6013/10.summary.

2009 Science: The Nation's Report Card

The new 2009 science assessment measures students’ knowledge of physical science, life science, and Earth and space sciences. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in science was updated in 2009 to keep the content current with key developments in science, curriculum standards, assessments, and research.
According to the report, Twelfth-grade students assessed in NAEP science in 2009 were asked what science courses they had completed or were taking currently. Their responses were then collapsed into three categories to create the 2009 science coursetaking results. Twelfth-graders who took biology, chemistry, and physics scored higher on average than students who took just biology and chemistry, and both groups scored higher than those who took just biology or other science courses. Read the full report at http://nationsreportcard.gov/science_2009/.

Becoming a Physics Teacher

Plan to attend the upcoming webinar, "Becoming a Physics Teacher" with Eugenia Etkina, scheduled for Tuesday, March 7, at 2 pm EST. The webinar will be moderated by John Anderson. For additional information on this and other webinars go to http://www.aps.org/careers/guidance/webinars/index.cfm.

APS Announces Grants for New Outreach Activities

The American Physical Society is happy to announce that it will award several grants, up to $10,000, to encourage the development of new outreach activities. Programs to be funded may include not only the more traditional K-12 outreach but also engaging the general public with/in physics and informing them about the importance of physics in their daily lives. Innovative ideas and new approaches, particularly if they have the potential to lead to sustained activities beyond the duration of the grant, are particularly encouraged. To find out more information about the program including application procedures, please visit www.aps.org/programs/outreach.

ASU Modeling Workshops in Physics, Chemistry, and Physical Science

Six 3-week Modeling Workshops (June 13-July 1, July 5-22) for high school physics, chemistry, and physical science teachers nationwide are offered by Arizona State University in Tempe. The program can lead to a Master of Natural Science degree. Degree-seeking teachers nationwide can apply for $10,000 tuition scholarships. Low-cost family housing. Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program by the U.S. Department of Education. E-mail Jane.Jackson@asu.edu. http://modeling.asu.edu/MNS/MNS.html
April 30 deadline for non-degree teachers, and March 15 for degree-seeking teachers.

Modeling Workshops Nationwide

Modeling Workshops in high school physics, chemistry, and physical science will be offered in summer 2011 in 24 states.
Visit http://modeling.asu.edu/MW_nation.html
Modeling Workshops are peer-led. Modeling Instruction is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an EXEMPLARY K-12 science program.
Stipends at most sites, usually for in-state teachers. Graduate credit available at some sites.

First Large-Scale, Physics-Based Space Weather Model Transistions Into Operation

Provides forecasters with one-to-four-day advance warning of 'solar storms'
January 26, 2011
Space Weather ModelThe first large-scale, physics-based space weather prediction model is transitioning from research into operation. Scientists affiliated with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling (CISM) and the National Weather Service reported the news at the annual American Meteorological Society (AMS) meeting in Seattle, WA on Jan. 26. Learn more, read the NSF press release.
Image: A coronal mass ejection (CME) in a model; the CME is the gray cloud toward the lower right. Credit: Dusan Odstrcil, George Mason University.

NASA's Hubble Finds Most Distant Galaxy Candidate Ever Seen in Universe

Astronomers have pushed NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to its limits by finding what they believe is the most distant object ever seen in the universe. Its light traveled 13.2 billion years to reach Hubble, roughly 150 million years longer than the previous record holder. The age of the universe is 13.7 billion years.
The dim object, called UDFj-39546284, is a compact galaxy of blue stars that existed 480 million years after the Big Bang, only four percent of the universe's current age. It is tiny. Over one hundred such mini-galaxies would be needed to make up our Milky Way. See photos and learn more at http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2011/05/full/.

Naval Historical Foundation Offers Teacher Fellowships

The Naval Historical Foundation will soon complete installation work on an exhibit highlighing covert submarine operations in the Navy Museum's Cold War Gallery. The exhibit showcases science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) applications that could be exploited in a classroom learning environment. The Foundation invites science and math teachers to examine the exhibit, meet with Naval Sea System Command engineers, visit an actual submarine, and then allow their creative juices to flow. The program includes stipends and additional funds to cover travel and accommodations.
The Naval Historical Foundation and Navy Museum invites interested parties to contact Dr. Winkler at dwinkler@navyhistory.org. Additional information is available at http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/org8-11-coldwar.htm.

NSF Summer Institute in Physics and Physical Science for K-12 Inservice Teachers

This five-week Institute, supported by the National Science Foundation, is intended to help prepare teachers to teach physics and physical science as a process of inquiry.
For applications and additional information: www.phys.washington.edu/groups/peg/si2011. Note: The application deadline is February 25, 2011. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if space is available. June 27–July 29, 2011 (dates tentative)

Rensselaer Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Department of Physics, Applied Physics & Astronomy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is pleased to announce its NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for the summer of 2011. The following webpage contains the program details and a link to our online application form: http://www.rpi.edu/dept/phys/undergraduate/research/reu.html
Please forward this notice to your faculty and students and post the following flyer on your bulletin boards: http://rpi.edu/dept/phys/REU/RPI_REU.pdf.

FREE Residential Summer Program for Science Teachers

The Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) free residential summer program for science teachers and high school students is now accepting applications for summer 2011. Teachers can earn continuing education credit for this program. The teacher program will run from July 31 – August 5, and students will follow from August 7-12. Applications are due by April 30. To learn more and fill out an online application, visit http://meetings.nscl.msu.edu/pan/ or email pan@nscl.msu.edu.

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