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Call for Papers

2018 Summer Meeting: July 28-August 1 — Washington, DC

 

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Writing in the Physics Curriculum: Objectives, Implementation, and Assessment

Writing Across the Curriculum emphasizes the importance of students’ learning to write within a variety of disciplinary contexts. This session will explore the learning objectives we can seek in physics assignments that incorporate writing, the implementation of writing assignments at various stages of the physics curriculum, and how we can assess our students’ writing in a physics disciplinary context.

Using Historical and Popular Texts in Physics Teaching

(Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics)

This session will highlight the use of historical and popular science texts as a complement to the traditional textbook curriculum in undergraduate physics courses. If you have used reading, writing, or discussion assignments to enhance the student learning experience in any of your physics courses, please share your story with us.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

Lessons from a Long-Term, Distributed Faculty Community Focused On Curricular Adaptation

(Committee on Teacher Preparation)

This invited/contributed session focuses on student learning and instructional change in the context of the Next Generation Physical Science and Everyday Thinking (Next Gen PET) curriculum. Next Gen PET students, primarily preservice elementary teachers, develop physical science concepts by engaging in science practices. The Next Gen PET Faculty Online Learning Community (FOLC) is designed to support instructors in adapting this curriculum. Unique to this structured and supported faculty community is its use of a common set of high-quality, flexible curricular materials. The FOLC is intended to result in far-reaching, sustainable educational change. Instructors in the FOLC are engaged in iteratively refining their teaching practice and studying the development of student thinking. The Next Gen PET FOLC leadership team is engaged in researching how the community supports faculty in responding to known challenges associated with course transformation, as well as the partial and conditional ways faculty take up the Next Gen PET materials and core pedagogical practices. This session will focus on student learning outcomes, effective classroom facilitation and instructor practices,and the development and impact of the Next Gen PET FOLC.

Committee on Apparatus

PIRA: "Demos Changed My Life!"

Somewhere in a science class, at a museum, at a fair, or an outreach event there was a moment when a science demonstration first captivated you. We invite you to recount that moment from the past and to say how it informs the way you reach out to students today.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Scientific Activism

(Committee on Professional Concerns)

This session is to highlight people and the efforts of people who are connecting with their communities and talking with their politicians to discuss the impacts of science in decisions everyone makes.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations: Whats New? ILDs Using Clickers and Video Analysis

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Papers on the development and/or use of Interactive Lecture Demonstrations in introductory physics courses are invited.

AAPT

Computational Physics for the Life Sciences

We are soliciting talks describing curricular units designed for Physics for Life Science, introductory and beyond, which engage students in constructing and using computational models. Papers that evaluate computational tools and pedagogies that serve to equip physics students with an integrated view of scientific disciplines, analyze complex phenomena that exist in chemical and biological systems, and visualizing abstract constructs related to emergent phenomena in many-particle systems are also suitable for this session.

Committee on the Interests of Senior Physicists

Remembering Millie Dresselhaus

(Committee on Women in Physics)

Millie Dresselhaus, the Queen of Carbon, was a beloved professor at MIT, world renowned condensed matter physicists, mentor and friend, who had a great impact on governmental science, educational policy and the advancement of women in science, along with being an accomplished chamber music violinist. Papers will share highlights of Millie's career and influence around the world.

Committee on Laboratories

Experimental Design at All Levels

(Committee on Apparatus)

The laboratory is an ideal place for students to develop important experimental design skills. How do you bring design skills into your labs? This session covers design skills through the whole spectrum of labs -- high school, general education, introductory, and labs beyond the first year.

Committee on Women in Physics

STEP UP 4 Women

(Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges)

STEP UP for Women is a national campaign to counteract the current decline in the percentage of women earning undergraduate physics degrees. Please share research, strategies, or activities that have made a difference to you or your students in choosing a degree in physics.

Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics

Integrating History of Science into Physics Courses

Teaching science content along with its historical context provides numerous benefits but also presents various challenges. Speakers in this session will share from their experiences on integrating history into the physics classroom, the benefits they have seen and ways of addressing the challenges.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Technology for Accessibility and Inclusion

(Committee on Diversity in Physics)

Educational technologies are used frequently in physics instruction, but often without much thought for how they could be better used to include students or how their use inadvertently excludes students. This session invites contributions that focus on intentional technology use to support students with diverse backgrounds, resources, and needs.

Exploring Physics Apps and Learning to Use Them

(Committee on Teacher Preparation)

Do you have a great physics app you have created? Do you want to show the rest of the AAPT community how to use a specific physics app? If so, please plan to share at this session. This session will feature a lab station set-up where participants will travel from station to station to learn to use selected physics apps.

Models for Integrating Computation into Undergraduate Physics

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

Please consider submitting a contributed talk that describes how you have integrated computation into the curriculum at your institution.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Lessons Learned in the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program: Winning and Servicing the Grant

This session seeks talks that share experiences administering a Robert Noyce Scholarship grant. Topics such as recruiting, mentoring, community building, induction, and professional development are encouraged. This session will also share experience and advice about successfully winning a Noyce grant.

Committee on International Physics Education

Physics for Refugees & Distant Education

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Teaching Physics to Refugee Classes is a beneficial endeavour. Educational Technology may help to overcome barriers of language; the may also overcome barriers of distance, staying in the course while traveling between shelters. How can we arrange and support Physics Teaching for Refugees by Distance Education? Please join us in our discussion

Exchange of Ideas and Faculty in International Teacher Preparation: Lessons learned

(Committee on Teacher Preparation)

While Physics works the same way when you travel the planet, the style of teaching and learning physics is different from country to country. Cultural specific issues, the view on gender, and language contribute to this difference; thus, when researching physics Teacher preparation, you are researching the cultural backdrop as well. In this session, we want to exchange our experience built up by exchanging ideas and faculty across continents. Please feel invited to contribute your own.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Best Practice in Teacher Professional Development

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Physics education researchers have a long history of working with teachers on their professional development, sharing research-based materials and practices for the classroom. But what about our professional development activities? What are the best practices of our professional development? Talks in this session should highlight research within and about the professional development itself.

Committee on Laboratories

Hot Air Balloons to Random Walks: Thermal and Statistical Physics Labs for All Levels

(Committee on Apparatus)

Consider contributing a talk describing a thermal or statistical physics lab activity in your curriculum. Labs at any level, pre-college through advanced lab, are welcome. Ideal gases, engine cycles, Brownian motion, Johnson noise: there are so many possible topics. The demand for engaging labs in this area is always high. If you have developed such an experiment, please share it!

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Tracking, Mentoring, and Induction of New Teachers

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

This session explores effective practices for colleges and universities to maintain relationships and continue the professional development of new physics teachers, especially during their first 3 years in the field.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

K-12 PER

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

If you study the learning of physics concepts by K-12 students, please submit an abstract for this session.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Physics Beyond the Core

Some physics departments have courses that go beyond the common core. These departments argue that there are content areas that are needed to complete the education of a physics student of the 21st century. Courses like condensed matter, nuclear and particle physics, QFT, relativity, … Posters are solicited to describe the course and how it completes the physics undergraduate education. Contributed submissions are for posters only.

Committee on Modern Physics

Using Jupyter Notebooks to Analyze Big Science Data Sets

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Imagine your students editing or creating code to analyze the sort of big data sets that come from cutting edge physics research projects like LIGO and the LHC, among others. Stumbling blocks to this sort of vision are being cast aside as coding via web browser is becoming available. At the same time, science standards are increasingly focused on both big data and writing code. The session will explore how students can learn how to analyze data as physicists do in an accessible environment online.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Get Started! Integrating Computation into Courses at Any Level

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

This session will provide insight about how to get started including computation into courses at all levels through interactions with invited panel speakers and presenters of contributed posters. The focus of this session will be the inclusion of content at the course level.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Assessment in Physics Teacher Preparation

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

This session explores tools and techniques that measure improvement in physics teacher preparation. Talks on all aspects of assessing physics teacher preparation programs and classes are encouraged.

Committee on Modern Physics

Star Trek Physics

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Editing a video via computer, cloaking, hand-held communicators, and many other clever plot devices in Star Trek were always nothing more than that...until they weren't. This session will explore how the ideas of Star Trek have intersected the real world of physics research and how we can use this - as well as the inspiration so many get from the Star Trek vision of the future - to help bring our physics classrooms into the 21st century, if not the 23rd.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Promoting Student Clubs and Cohorts

Students who participate in physics or physics related clubs and cohorts on campus often have a greater sense of community and belonging, which can help students persist and flourish. Building a thriving club or cohort on campus can be challenging, especially at two-year colleges, where students spend about 1-2 years on campus before transferring. This session aims to share best practices, ideas, and specific experiences around developing strong clubs on campuses, both at two-year and four-year colleges.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Introductory Physics for Life Science: Pedagogy and Practice

(AAPT)

Posters on new or further developments in pedagogy and practice in the introductory physics for life science (IPLS) curriculum are being solicited for this session. Please share any curricular materials, activities, assessments, or approaches concerned with making physics more relevant and transferrable for the life or health science student in the introductory physics course.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Innovations in Teaching Astronomy

Do you have a new approach to teaching introductory astronomy that you'd like to share with others? We invite you to share your new ideas, activities, labs and innovations related to teaching astronomy at the high school or college level during this session.

Failure to Sucess in the Scientific Process

Science is not necessarily linear, and great shifts in understanding have come from initial failure. Contributors are invited to submit abstracts describing how failure eventually led to success in a scientific pursuit.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Two Year Colleges Then and Now

Community College have long been an alternative to the four year institutions for the student that had a skill focus and limited financial resources. But the role of these colleges has been redefined in many ways. The cause of these changes are many and varied as career options have new requirements and new responsibilities. Also, there seems to be an increased determination to guide the students to a four year college. The two-year college diploma is no longer suitable as a terminal degree. Share the changes, initiatives, image and focus of your two-year college.

Committee on International Physics Education

Exploring Experiments with Augmented Reality

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

In this session, we aim to collect recent trends in augmented reality (AR) technologies for teaching and learning physics. AR offers new possibilities to explore experimentation, e.g. by augmenting physical quantities (heatmaps, vector fields) over real-world settings. Contributions of both, conceptual design and empirical nature, are welcome.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Articulations and Transfer between Two Year Colleges and Four Year Institutions

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

A current trend in higher education is to develop articulation agreements between two year and four year colleges. This session will explore successful implementation of articulation agreements that use physics courses for physics, engineering and computer science degree programs. This session may also include strategies for selling the benefits as well as overcoming the obstacles that may arise while working out the details of the articulations.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Effective Practices in Educational Technology

We encourage submissions on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, computer modeling, web-based applications, and specialized educational software or hardware relevant to physics instruction.

Committee on Women in Physics

STEP UP 4 Women

(Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges)

The gap is widening between the percentage of men and women earning bachelor's degrees in physics. In early 2019, STEP UP 4 Women, a collaborative initiative, will disseminate a campaign to support high school physics teachers to help women consider physics as a career option. Presenters are asked to contribute research and resources that can inform this effort.

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.