eNNOUNCER November, 2010
AAPT National Election
The election of officers for Executive Board service beginning in 2011 is in process until midnight (eastern daylight time) November 5. Candidate bios are online at http://aapt.org/aboutaapt/organization/2010_elections.cfm.
Nominations are open for the 2011 election. Information on positions up for the 2011 election, including a link to the Nomination Form, is available at http://aapt.org/aboutaapt/nominate.cfm.
January 8-12, 2011
Professional Development Workshops
AAPT Symposium on Education Policy: Having an Impact, Improving the Landscape, featuring
The post-deadline abstracts deadline is November 17. Submit a post deadline abstract.
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:
Are you interested in meeting the current and incoming Executive Officers of the American Association of Physics Teachers? Join Warren Hein, current Executive Officer, and Beth Cunningham, incoming Executive Officer, during a USTREAM session on November 16, 2010, at 4:00 p.m EST. Warren and Beth will discuss projects, programs, and activities offered by AAPT. To join the session, please go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/aapt-new-executive-officer-meet-greet. In order to direct your questions to Warren and Beth using the online chat feature during the session, you will need to signup with and logon to USTREAM. This session is a part of AAPT’s exploration and expansion into new web technologies to reach out to current and prospective members. If you are unable to join Warren and Beth, the session will be recorded for viewing on USTREAM at your convenience.
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.
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 deadline for applications is December 1, 2010, for the following grants and scholarship.
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.
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!
The AAPT Membership Committee in conjunction with the membership department invites members to create original videos about why you belong to 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. See contest rules for more information.
A popular energy workshop is making a repeat performance. On March 5-6, 2011, at UC Berkeley (Evans Hall 10), under the sponsorship of the APS Forum-Physics/Society, the APS Topical Group on Energy Research and Applications, and the American Association of Physics Teachers, international experts will give the technical background to understand the issues connected with using energy more efficiently and producing it renewably.
Two members from this year’s winning squad of the Team America Rocketry Challenge exhibited their champion rocket at the White House Science Fair October 18, 2010. Nathan Bernhardt and Jordan Franssen from TARC champion Penn Manor High School in Pennsylvania, along with Brian Osmolinski, a physics teacher and director of the rocket club, attended a White House event recognizing student excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. At the White House Science Fair, President Obama viewed exhibits of winning student projects and delivered remarks congratulating the students on their diligence, desire to tackle hard problems, and drive to invent and discover. See the web version.
The Fall 2010 edition of the Physics Teacher Education Coalition newsletter introduces the new funded sites, profiles PhysTEC teachers and a Teacher-in-Residence, features the national Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics, and provides perspectives on broader issues surrounding physics teacher preparation.Read the newsletter: http://www.phystec.org/newsletter/fall10.pdf
PhysTEC Request for Proposals
The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) requests proposals for new sites to develop model physics teacher education programs. Proposals are solicited for two levels of support, $100k per year or $25k per year, for up to three years. Minority-serving institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.
2011 Physics Teacher Education Coalition Conference
The annual Physics Teacher Coalition Conference is the nation's largest meeting dedicated to physics teacher education. The 2011 conference will be held May 23-24 at he 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/
Whether your favorite physics demo involves Spandex or explosions, you should check out the new Physics Outreach Clearinghouse, http://www.the-nucleus.org/outreach/!
American Journal of Physics
Resource Letter QCD-1: Quantum Chromodynamics
The Physics Teacher
"Apparent Weight": A Concept that is Confusing and Unnecessary
Don't Drink and Derive - Black T-shirt - Med, Large, X-Large, XXL (TS-7B)
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. $10 AAPT Members. Fax your order to 301.209.0845 or order online at The Physics Store.
Don't Drink and Derive Tumbler (M-2)
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.
Kristen Record Named Connecticut Teacher of the Year
Kristen A. Record, named Connecticut's new Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, discovered her passion for science, math, and reading at a young age, but felt stifled by a repetitive curriculum and said that she faced overt "girls can't do math" attitudes in middle school.
Connecticut Education Commissioner Mark K. McQuillan congratulates Kristen Record, who was named Connecticut Teacher Of The Year. (Alan Chaniewski/FOX CT/October 12, 2010)
Stacy McCormack Named Indiana Teacher of the Year
Indiana Teacher of the Year, Penn High School physics teacher Stacy McCormack, uses toy cars, bouncy balls and humor to teach physics. McCormack was selected from a field of 50 applicants and 10 finalists. Read more at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/sns-ap-in--topteacher,0,4394565.story
Chicago Section Fall Meeting with Prairie Section APS
Iowa Section Annual Meeting
Missouri Section Fall Meeting
November 6, 2010
Nebraska Section Fall Meeting
November 20, 2010
Southern California Section Fall Meeting
Southern Nevada Section Fall Meeting
Section News Online
See the July 2010 Section News here. http://www.aapt.org/Sections/upload/Section-News_July2010.pdf
June 20-24, 2011, at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY
On October 5, the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov of the University of Manchester, U.K. for their pioneering work with graphene, a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon.
In 2009, Charles Kao, Willard Boyle and Charles Smith were respectively recognized for "groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication," and "the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit—the CCD sensor." Each year, the Academy produces a poster detailing the achievements of the award recipients for that year. AAPT is pleased to offer this popular item to its members free of charge, while supplies last. Order yours today from the AAPT Physics Store. We ask that you limit your request to 3 per member and simply pay the postage cost of $6.00 for U.S. customers or $14.00 for international. For more information, please contact Member Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 301-209-3333.
A passion for fusion: nuclear research and science communication
BLAST! is astrophysics Indiana Jones style, a spectacular and suspenseful story of space exploration! Five-time Emmy winner, Paul Devlin, follows his brother, Mark Devlin, PhD, as he leads a tenacious team of scientists on the journey of a lifetime from Arctic Sweden to the desolate ice of Antarctica. By launching a revolutionary new telescope on a NASA high-altitude balloon, they hope to reveal a hidden Universe of never-before-seen star-burst galaxies, providing clues to the evolution of everything. From catastrophic failure to transcendent triumph, their adventure reveals the surprising real life of scientists. BLAST!, the science adventure film, gets its NY broadcast premiere on Thursday, November 4th, 8pm 2010 on WNET-NY.
Four decades after the first NASA lunar rover rolled across the surface of the moon, innovative students are preparing to design and build a new generation of wheeled wonders.
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 2011 fellowship. Educators have opportunity to receive the competitive Fellowship, renewable for up to five years and valued at up to $150,000. Submissions are done online at www.kstf.org and due by 5pm EST Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
March 17-20, 2011 on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State
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