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Call for Papers

2017 Winter Meeting: February 18 - 21 — Atlanta, Georgia


 

Committee on Diversity in Physics

Challenges Faced by LGBT Physicists

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

"This session will focus on research, advocacy, and policy surrounding gender and sexual minorities in physics and STEM. Papers should be submitted on LGBT (lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender) physicists and scientists. This could include a focus on students, teachers, professional physicists and more. Policy critiques and analyses would also be welcome."

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

New Resources and Pedagogy for the IPLS Course

We are soliciting contributed posters on new pedagogies and resources for the course on Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS). Please consider submitting a poster on your work in the IPLS course involving labs, problems, assessment tools, simulations, resource material, … or any other aspect of the IPLS teaching/learning environment.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

UTeach in Physics

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

If your university is a UTeach university and you use this program to help train physics teachers then we encourage you to share either an overview of your program or key components of your UTeach program.

Induction and Mentoring of Early Career Teachers

This session will feature organizers of successful in-service induction and mentoring programs and talks by teachers participating in those programs. Contributed talks are requested from teachers who have had positive mentoring and induction experiences and organizers of innovative mentoring programs.

Institutional Support For Elementary Teacher Physics Training

(Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education)

We welcome papers on strategies for establishing and sustaining programs for prospective elementary teachers in university physics departments.

Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education

Physics Outside the Classroom

(Committee on Science Education for the Public)

Do you teach physics concepts in out of school settings? Come share your ideas and experiences for engaging students at all grade levels in physics activities in after-school programs, camps, museum programs and other venues.

Committee on Modern Physics

21st Century Physics in the Classroom

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

There is great and exciting physics happening right now and we are on the cusp of even greater discoveries. How do we engage students in the classroom in 21st century physics and 21st century learning? This session offers insights into how it can done and how it is being done.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Astronomy Education Research

Student understanding – effective teaching strategies – motivational issues – teacher professional development…. If you’re doing Astronomy Education Research, share your results with AAPT through this session. From preliminary results to robust, completed studies, all topics, grade levels, and methodological designs are of interest. Both oral and poster presentations are welcome.

Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics

Cold War Physics

We are seeking contributed talks dealing with connections between physics and the Cold War, roughly from the Truman Doctrine (1947) to the collapse of the Soviet Union (1991). Of particular interest are accounts of how the Cold War affected physics and vice versa.

Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education

Designing K-12 Physics Lessons

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Expectations have never been higher for teachers to actively engage all students, while piquing student interest and ensuring that academic standards are met. This session aims to give educators an opportunity to provide insight into the K-12 physics lesson design process or share examples of lessons that address these goals. Add your voice to the conversation by contributing to this session.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations: What’s New? ILDs Using Clickers and Video Analysis

This is a call for contributed papers by those who have implemented Interactive Lecture Demonstrations in their introductory physics courses.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

The Future of Nuclear Energy

(Committee on Modern Physics)

This session will be an invited / contributed session looking at the future of nuclear energy. We welcome any contributed talks that will help engage discussion on this topic.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Teaching Strong Gravity: Black Holes in the Classroom

Recent discoveries involving black holes, including observation using gravitational waves from the LIGO and Virgo Observatories, have captured the interest of both the public and students. This session will focus on recent results involving black holes and how to bring this into the classroom.

Committee on Laboratories

Developing Project-Based Lab Courses

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Project-based lab courses offer an alternative model for undergraduate lab instruction where students do in-depth project that take several weeks. If you teach a project-based lab course, please consider sharing your motivation, approach, and insights in this session.

Lab Guidelines Focus Area 4: Communication

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

According to the AAPT Laboratory Recommendations document, students should "present results and ideas with reasoned arguments supported by experimental evidence and utilizing appropriate and authentic written and verbal forms." How do students develop and reinforce these these communication skills in your lab/lab curriculum?

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Non-academic Career Trajectories

About 40% of all physics bachelor's degree recipients go directly into the workforce after graduation. Many programs have been innovative by introducing elements of professional development for students with new resources aimed at undergraduate students. We invite papers describing how career preparation aimed at career trajectories outside academe have been successfully implemented in the classroom or in extracurricular activities.

Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics

History of Women in Physics & Astronomy

(Committee on Women in Physics)

We invite contributed talks on women who have made impacts in physics, including aspects of their lives and careers, their struggles and contributions.

Committee on International Physics Education

Tools to Support the Conceptual Understanding of Magnetism and Quantum Mechanics

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Teaching magnetism and quantum states is a demanding task, especially with a lack of adequate tools. Educational media often focuses on surface phenomena of ferro- and electromagentism, provide incorrect views, and may even obstruct a deeper conceptual understanding. The session invites national and international educators to share and demonstrate tools to support the conceptual understanding of magnetism and quantum Mechanics.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

K-12 PER

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

If you conduct research on how K-12 students learn physics concepts, please submit a presentation for this session.

Committee on Diversity in Physics

Self-Efficacy, Resilience, and Persistence for Underrepresented Women: What Research Tells Us

(Committee on Women in Physics)

We are seeking talks on research related to underrepresented women in physics' self efficacy, persistence and resistance.

Committee on Women in Physics

Lessons Learned from CUWIP

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

We are seeking stories and experiences of those who either organized, attended or participated in a Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CuWIP).

Committee on Educational Technologies

Effective Practices in Educational Technologies

Are you using technology in an innovative way in your class or in your teaching? If so, consider giving a contributed talk with the details. This session, featured every meeting, always has an interesting mix of talks, covering a variety of topics pertinent to the use of educational technology.

Committee on Women in Physics

Gender Bias in Student Evaluations: What Research Tells Us

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

Papers are invited that address gender bias in student evaluations, including statistical results, effects on students and instructors, and efforts to mitigate the effects of bias.

Committee on Laboratories

Project-based Labs for Electronics

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

If you have project-based electronics labs, or lab-based electronics projects, please share them with others at this session.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

Maker Spaces in K-12

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

MakerSpaces are popping up in schools all over the country. This session will discuss the many ways teachers are integrating Making in their classrooms. Do you use making to inspire your students or to solidify Physics concepts? Share the successes and challenges you have experienced in your classroom.

Committee on Laboratories

Teaching Scientific Practices in High School and College Labs

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Scientific practices, such as modeling, experimental design, and communication, are heavily emphasized in the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 and in the AAPT Recommendations for the Undergraduate Physics Laboratory Curriculum. If you teach a high school or college-level physics course where scientific practices are a significant focus of your labs, then consider sharing your insight.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Project-based Learning for Introductory Physics for Life Science

Project-based learning is particularly valuable for life or health science students as it gives them the experience of recognizing and applying physics in biological scenarios of most interest to them. Whatever the form of the project-based learning experience you have implemented in your IPLS course, please share your student examples, and project formats, guidelines, and assessment strategies, as appropriate.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Cell Phones as Lab Equipment

(Committee on Apparatus)

Smart phones may primarily be for communication and entertainment, but the sophisticated sensors and software they employ also make these ubiquitous devices capable experimental tools. Have your students used cell phones for data acquisition or analysis in your laboratories? If so, share the details at this session.

Open Educational Resources

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Are you using free (or almost free), permissively licensed media, documents, software, or hardware to teach physics or conduct research? Have you found such open educational resources to be effective tools for learning and doing physics? Is so, share your experiences at this contributed/invited session.

Technology of Flipped Classrooms

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

Do you employ a flipped classroom? If so, consider presenting at this invited/contributed session on the technologies you employ or have developed to implement this pedagogical model.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Solar Eclipse

(Committee on Space Science and Astronomy)

The August 2017 total solar eclipse provides a rare opportunity for almost all of North America to witness one of Nature's most impressive spectacles. Please consider submitting a paper on historical, scientific, or educational opportunities applicable to this eclipse.

Committee on Diversity in Physics

Societal Influences on Students' Career Paths

(Committee on Teacher Preparation)

The choice to pursue a STEM career is often thought as being influenced by interest and/or early detected ability. Though interest must play a major role for a student's choices of field of interest, there are often other factors that contribute to the student's access to higher learning. This session will discuss how societal influences can impact a student's ability to pursue a STEM career.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Engaging the Public with Festivals

Are you involved with the planning and production of science festivals? Please contribute a poster detailing how your science festival has evolved in both size and scope. What new challenges accompany the growth of science fesivals? How do you continue community interest year after year? This session begins with a panel discussion, followed by contributed poster presentations.

Science Café

(Committee on Space Science and Astronomy)

Science Café’s Science café’s are engaging, casual, local, topical, active, informative, grassroots, fun and…. Bring a snack and beverage as our panel and contributors explain all that Science Café’s can be. Call for Papers: Share your science café experience as a contributed paper.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

Physics of Gaming

Games provide much enjoyment to all ages. However, they can become even more enjoyable when looked at through the lens of physics. Papers contributed to this session should focus on the analysis of games/gaming and also, suggestions for using games in the physics classroom.

Technology in the HS Classroom

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Our students are using technology like never before and many high school districts are providing tablets and laptops for student use. How are you and your students using technology in your physics classroom? This session will focus on using technology for note taking, data collection, learning management systems, homework, and social media.

Motivation & Engagement in Challenging Classrooms

(Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education)

This session will examine the challenges of teaching physics in high needs schools, where attendance is spotty, transient enrollment is high, preparation and study habits may be lacking, and English is frequently a second language. We will explore the characteristics of these learning environments and strategies for motivating and engaging students in these situations.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Frontiers of Space Science & Human Space Flight

How do we bring space into the classroom? How are you inspiring students to want to be astronauts? What cutting-edge research invigorates your teaching? Please share ideas and lessons with our audience.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Building Institutional Support for your Physics Teacher Preparation Program

(Committee on Professional Concerns)

Building institutional support for physics teacher preparation activities is critical to a successful program. Please consider submitting an abstract if you have tips and strategies to share about cultivating institutional support.

Committee on Professional Concerns

Negotiating Faculty Contracts

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

This session will explore the challenges and opportunities of negotiating faculty contracts for non-tenured, tenure track and tenured faculty in high school as well as university settings.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Smart Phone Physics

Smart phones are everywhere. Submit an abstract to share your creative use of cell phone sensors and apps to engage others in understanding the physics of the world around them.

Physics with Arduino

Share your Arduino ideas, designs and implementations used in your physics classes!

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Toybox Physics

(Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education)

Do you have a favorite toy for demonstrating a physics concept? Many of your colleagues would love to see the toy and how you use it in class. This should be a great session for educators at all stages of their careers, so please make sure you can share where the toy is commercially available or how to make it.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Astronomy Outreach & Planetarium Education

Astronomy education continues to evolve to meet the rapid demands of scientific discovery, NGSS and state standards, and advancements in digital projection. How are you working to teach and inspire the public? From Science on a Sphere, portable, and digital planetariums to K-12 classrooms, science centers, and star parties, share your most innovative and successful ideas or most challenging questions.

AAPT SPS

SPS Undergraduate Research and Outreach Poster Session

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) invites undergraduate students to share their research work or outreach efforts in poster format.

SPS Undergraduate Research and Outreach Contributed Talks

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) invites undergraduate students to present research work or outreach efforts. Prizes for outstanding presentations by undergraduates presenting in SPS-sponsored sessions (posters and oral) will be awarded at a reception for undergraduates and their mentors. First author should be the presenter unless otherwise noted on the abstract submission.

Committee on Apparatus

Understanding the Apparatus

Labs are carried out with apparatus. To interpret the obtained results properly, we must understand the principle, response and limitation of the employed apparatus. This validates for both teaching and research labs. This session aims to attract more attention of lab supervisors and students to apparatus in teaching labs. Talks covering the following topics will be warmly welcome: 1) Examples demonstrating how an improved understanding of apparatus will lead to a better interpretation of the results, both in teaching and research labs; 2) Endeavors undertaken in teaching labs to improve students understanding of their apparatus.