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Call for Papers
2015 Summer Meeting — College Park, Maryland

July 25 - 29 


Committee on Physics in High Schools

K-12 PER I

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

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

Committee on Research in Physics Education

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

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

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

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Integrating Computational Physics at the Introductory Level

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

This session focuses on using computational physics in the introductory classroom. If you have been using computational physics in the introductory classroom please consider submitting a contributed paper.

Committee on International Physics Education

Teaching Physics in an IB School

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

In the International Baccalaureate (IB) physics curriculum, there is an emphasis on the practical approach through experimental work; students become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. In the Diploma Programme (DP), the IB physics course is organized by topics; standard level (SL) students study eight topics and honors level (HL) students study a further six topics. In this session, physics teachers from IB schools are invited to present and discuss strengths and challenges of teaching physics following the IB curriculum.

Committee on the Interests of Senior Physicists

Publishing Physics Textbooks: Old and New

(Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics)

We invite contributed papers describing the character of old and new physics textbooks, tracing the evolution of that character, or describing aspects of the route to commercial publication that have been either frustrating or satisfying for authors. In part, the objective is to help those considering publishing a textbook to appreciate in advance the frustrations and satisfactions of the process.

Committee on Laboratories

Developing Experimental Skills in the Laboratory

One of the principal goals of the physics laboratory is the development of experimental and analytical skills. We expect our students to acquire this expertise in the laboratory, yet often we give no explicit framework in which to do so. This invited/contributed session is a forum to share ways of structuring the introductory physics lab curriculum to teach these valuable skills to majors and non-majors alike.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Coordinating Outreach with Community Science Centers

This session covers programs and ideas to coordinate outreach efforts between universities and/or science laboratories with public science centers. Contributed papers regarding such efforts are of great interest to this session. A strong collaboration between formal research and education with informal science education is an excellent channel for communicating science research and education to the public. The more we know of paths taken, the better we can perform this task.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Research and Capstone Projects I

We are seeking contributed presentations on the implementation of undergraduate research and capstone projects in the undergraduate physics curriculum. Topics may include example projects, summer research programs, instructional materials to teach R&D, advanced laboratory courses, and senior capstone research experiences. Students' presentations on their undergraduate research projects and the value of research in their academic career are particularly appropriate for this session.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

First Year Physics Teachers: Insights & Experiences

If you are a new secondary physics teacher we would like to give you an opportunity to share with the physics teacher preparation community the things that you believe the teacher preparation community helped you to be prepared for and also what you believe we may have missed in your physics teacher preparation. We will solicit 2 new teachers for invited talks and allow for others to give shorter papers on their experiences as new physics teachers.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

PER in the Upper Division I

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

This invited/contributed session will focus on education research conducted at the upper-division undergraduate physics level. Presentations on innovative teaching ideas at this level or physics research with undergraduate students will be included ONLY if there is a significant research component to the presentation.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Best Practices in Educational Technology II

We welcome talks focused on making effective use of modern educational technologies. Technologies may include, but are not limited to, mobile devices, specialized software or hardware, course management systems and online homework, social networking platforms, digital photo and video analysis, and computer interfaced lab apparatus.

Committee on Apparatus

Photographic Techniques New and Old

If you are using photographic and video techniques in the classroom to add to your lessons, for flipped classroom use, to integrate with demonstrations or labs, or just to enhance the student experience please share what you've learned and describe how successful this experience has been. Specifically, anyone using infrared (Flir), slow motion, high speed or iPhone/iPad/Android camera's in the classroom is encouraged to share.

PIRA Session: Biophysics Demos and Apparatus

Looking for anyone that can contribute towards further understating of biophysics or physics of the body in of laboratory, lecture demonstration, or apparatus style setting.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Innovative Engagement Strategies for Lecture Classes

Institutional constraints lock many physics educators into a traditional lecture/laboratory structure. We seek instructors who have designed effective strategies for increasing student engagement in lecture courses, and encourage them to contribute to this session. Motivate others to strive to engage their students by sharing your successes and challenges.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Physics students have enormous potential to innovate new technologies, products, and processes. Physics as a source of innovation is also a great motivator for learning physics at all levels. Please come share your ideas for PIE (physics, innovation, and entrepreneurship) curriculum, innovation spaces, and specific projects for students at all levels (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate).

Committee on Research in Physics Education

Interactions of Gender and STEM Environments

This session will present research focusing on the gendered lives of physicists. We particularly encourage submissions from research that does not focus on gender gaps, or the comparisons of men and women to each other.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Adapting the Teacher In Residence (TIR) role to Local Contexts

This session will address the role of a Teacher-in-Residence (TIR) as part of a physics teacher preparation program. A TIR brings expertise in a number of areas and this expertise can be utilized in a variety of different ways in a teacher prep program. Furthermore, because each institution has unique needs, the specific responsibilities of a TIR can be adapted to meet those needs. If you have experience as either a TIR or as someone who has worked with a TIR, consider contributing a talk discussing your experiences in this capacity.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

Mechanics Modeling Meets the New AP Physics I

This is an invited and contributed session that will examine how the new AP Physics 1 course and the Mechanics Modeling method of teaching physics complement each other. Please contribute a talk if you have experience in these areas.

Technology in the Physical Science Classroom

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

It is no longer a choice of using technology, but a choice of how we use it to increase student interest and achievement in the classroom. This session will focus on different types of technology that have been found effective in the classroom.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Teaching and Learning in Upper Division Physics: Optics

What is the role of optics in the undergraduate education of physicists? Posters are invited to help address the following and other questions -- What are the curricular objectives of the optics course? What is the balance in content between ray, wave and quantum optics? How should we be teaching optics? What is the role and pedagogy of the optics lab?

Committee on Research in Physics Education

Research on Teamwork

This is an invited and contributed session focused on research on teamwork within the physics classroom, as well as outside the classroom.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Recruiting, Retaining and Outreach to Underrepresented High School Teachers

(Committee on Diversity in Physics)

Presentations on initiatives to increase the number of underrepresented high school teachers, efforts to retain them, and outreach efforts to bring current science to these teachers are sought for this session. Both creative and conventional programs aimed at pre-service and/or in-service teachers from underrepresented groups are encouraged to share their experiences in this session.

Committee on Laboratories

Lab Guidelines Focus Area 1: Constructing Knowledge

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

According to the Laboratory Recommendations document, "The laboratory curriculum should get students to start thinking like physicists by constructing knowledge that does not rely on an outside authority." Students should "collect, analyze, and interpret real data from personal observations of the physical world to develop a physical worldview." How do students develop these skills in your lab/lab curriculum?

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Bringing Physics to Life

Physics plays a foundational role in many areas in the life and health sciences. In this session a vibrant poster session is planned following the invited talks. Anyone with new or updated curricular materials or approaches using physics to enrich students’ understanding of topics or phenomena in the life or health sciences is encouraged to contribute a poster.

Committee on Educational Technologies

iOS and Android App Show

Each presenter will get five minutes to show their app. You can sign up at the show or, to ensure you get time, you can sign up in advance at http://ncnaapt.org/appshow (this will also help us to avoid duplication). A list of all apps presented will be available to those who attend and those who can’t.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Astronomy in the Physics Classroom

Students of physics tend to be motivated and intrigued by the many astonishing discoveries of research in astronomy and space science. Contributed papers for this session should emphasize the physics content of astronomical discoveries and technologies in ways that will help physicists use them in their teaching, highlighting the underlying physics and laying out practical ways to use such material for physics instruction.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

LHC in the Classroom

(Committee on International Physics Education)

The Large Hadron Collider and other high energy physics facilities provide a wealth of data not only for frontline physics research but increasingly for use by teachers, students, and the public. The LHC Open Data effort is the most recent example of this. Students can learn about important physics concepts and practices as well as be inspired through data-driven investigations in particle physics.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Best Practices for Video Use and Online Education

(Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges)

We invite papers discussing online teaching methods, strategies, and technologies no matter what the scale of your classes (small enrollments to MOOCs). Topics might address but are not limited to: specific technologies and their relationship to student interaction (with the instructor, each other, and content), accessibility for students with disabilities, ensuring active learning, encouraging student reflection, handling students who miss instruction, and/or accommodating diverse learning styles. Consider challenges, successes and lessons learned.

Committee on Laboratories

Soft Matter Labs

(Committee on Graduate Education in Physics)

In this session, we call for sharing of instructional labs pertinent to Soft Matter Physics, including biophysics and the statistical mechanics of small systems (e.g., colloid and aerosols, granular systems, polymer physics, single-molecule studies, etc.)

Committee on Physics in High Schools

Preparing to Teach Physics to the Next Generation

(Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education)

This session strand aims to invite and solicit proposals from teachers who have already successfully integrated the Next Generation Science Standards into their teaching practice and can share and discuss with other teachers what they do and how other teachers could successfully learn from them.

Committee on Women in Physics

Attracting Women to Physics and Girls to Science: What is Working?

(Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education)

The goal of this session is to discuss and promote successful efforts at recruiting girls and women into the sciences. Practice-grounded talks and formal research studies are equally appropriate, from K-12 through graduate school. Intersections with other underrepresented groups in physics (by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, LGBT+ status, or otherwise) are especially welcome.

Committee on Diversity in Physics

Increasing Access to Grad School

Difficulties in recruiting underrepresented minorities for graduate studies in physics and astronomy are, to some degree, due to admission criteria that are unrelated to a student’s potential for success. Presenters are sought who are increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities in research and graduate study by using more relevant criteria that are predictors of a student’s success.

Committee on Women in Physics

ADVANCE Grants: Increasing the Participation of Women in Physics

(Committee on Professional Concerns)

The National Science Foundation provides funds to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering through the ADVANCE program. This session will focus on initiatives and programs made possible through NSF ADVANCE grants.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Mentoring and Induction of Entering Physics Teachers

Consider submitting an abstract for a session during the summer 15 meeting that will discuss mentoring physics teachers. Send mail to Tom Jordan (jordant@fnal.gov) for more information.

Committee on Apparatus

Tesla Coils

Please consider submitting a proposal so you can describe unique ways in which you use Tesla coils in your classroom. If your experience with Tesla coils gives you an unique expertise, please consider sharing that knowledge.


SPS Undergraduate Research and Outreach Poster session


SPS Undergraduate Research and Outreach Poster Session.