From the Editors
Welcome to AAPT's monthly update. Happy Independence Day to all of our U.S. Members. July is an exciting month for AAPT as we officially celebrate our 75th Anniversary at our Summer Meeting at the end of the month (and we look forward to meeting many of you there). As always, if you have some feedback for the NEWS: Please write and tell us.
A selection of recent stories of interest to our members.*Tucson Team Travels to AAPT Summer Meeting Via Cooking Oil
From The Arizona Daily Star
Podcast Source of the Month: NOVA
Video: Mentos and Diet Coke
Trend-Spotting: Physics in 1931 and Today
From Physics Today
Teacher's Web Watch: Education News
Gravity's Dark Side
The Hooked Galaxy: Image of Supernova
From European Southern Observatory
Light Generated by Sawdust
Scientists "Too Busy" for Pupils
From BBC News
Electricity Gives Life to Cellophane
A Power Grid for the Hydrogen Economy
From Scientific American
Million-Ring Circus: Images of Saturn from Cassini
Early Interest in Science Plays Role in Career Choice
One House Down: American Competitiveness Initiative
From Inside Higher Ed
Fun with Gravity
From The Washington Post
News from the Executive Office
U.S. Physics Team Departs for Singapore
PER Leadership Organizing Council Announced
Celebrating 75 Years
At the 2006 Summer Meeting, a time capsule will be filled with AAPT and physics-related memorabilia. Once sealed, the capsule will be displayed in AAPT's Executive Office until its opening at our 100th Anniversary in the year 2031. Members are invited to suggest items to include in the capsule. Click here to read more details and submit your ideas; and then be sure to attend the time capsule ceremony at the 2006 Summer Meeting.
Celebrating 75 Years of Authorship
As part of our anniversary celebration, AAPT is collecting a selection of books written by members throughout the years. The books will be displayed at the 2006 Summer Meeting in Syracuse, NY. For more information please visit the 75th Anniversary home page.
75th Anniversary Call for Photos
The Summer Announcer will feature a special print and online section dedicated to remembering the past. Please send your old photos and memories to AAPT, Attn: Publications, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740. Photos may also be emailed. Click here for more details.
Summer Meeting Speakers Announced
New Sponsor for the 2006 Photo Contest
Discounts at the AAPT Online Store
American Journal of Physics
Article of the Month
"A Selected History of Expectation Bias in Physics" by Monwhea Jeng
(AJP online subscribers only, PDF format)
The Physics Teacher
Article of the Month
"Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend a National Meeting" by Diane Riendeau
(TPT online subscribers only, PDF format)
Upcoming Meetings & Events AAPT Strand Day 2006: Save the Date
Mark your calendar: October 20 at the NSTA Regional Meeting in Omaha, NE. Visit the site for more details.
Nationwide Physics Modeling Workshops
Workshops in high school physics will be held this summer in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New York, Ohio, and Texas. For details visit the site.
Workshops on Distance Learning and Remote Controlled Laboratories
The Department of Physics and the Laser and Fiber Optics Technology Program at Queensborough Community College/CUNY and the National Science Foundation are offering two NSF Faculty Enhancement Workshops in July 2006. The workshops are designed to enhance instruction in science, engineering, and technology through the use of remote controlled laboratories and interactive multimedia courseware. Click here for specific dates and more details.
2006 Summer Meeting Awardees
The following awards will be presented at the AAPT Summer Meeting in July:
Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award, Robert A. Millikan Lecture Award, Excellence in Pre-College Physics Teaching Award, and Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching Award. The award winners have been announced.
PER-CENTRAL Digital Archive Now Live
The Physics Education Research-Community Enhancing Network for Teaching, Research, and Learning is pleased to announce the launch of its digital archive. Access is free and with an account users can browse through the database, submit resources to be included in the collection, maintain a discussion forum, and create your own personal "filing cabinet" of previously searched items.
Contributions to ComPADRE Sought
ComPADRE and the Physical Sciences Resource Center (PSRC) are looking for good materials that can be added to the collections. To submit materials or register (free) click here.
2007 NCUR/Lancy Initiative: Call for Proposals
The Initiative is designed to provide exceptional undergraduates with the opportunity to do original work in close collaboration with faculty mentors. The program will make grants to institutions only. Please see proposal guidelines here.
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