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Date: Wednesday, August 03


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Teaching Physics Around the World
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.03
  Time: 8:00AM - 10:00AM
  Presider: Gordon Aubrecht,
  Co-Presiders(s): None
  Equipment: N/A
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Physics Teacher Certification in Brazil: Who Said Reforming Is Easy?
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.03
  Time: 8:00AM - 8:30AM
  Author: Katemari Rosa, Columbia University, Teachers College
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: One of the fundamental questions to improve physics education is related to teacher education, particularly physics teacher's certification programs. In the United States, these programs vary not only in their curriculum but in their format and requirements. This presentation brings the contribution of a distinct tradition for preparing physics teachers, providing ideas for new experiences. Specifically, we examine the curriculum reform of a physics teacher certification program in Brazil, focusing on the process of the reform, and how physics education research informed the creating of new disciplines, the departmental debate, and the development of a new view for the role of a physics educator. Our goal is to take the physics teacher education discussion to all the professionals involved in this process, not only curriculum experts, share our failures and success, and establish a venue for expertise exchange between Brazil and United States.
  Footnotes: None
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Stimulating Creative Ideas and Developing Self-learning Ability of Freshman Students
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.03
  Time: 8:30AM - 9:00AM
  Author: Zhi-Yong Zhou
Physics Department, Southeast University, China
  Co-Author(s): Ying-Hui Kuang, Hui Zhong, Ying Yun
  Abstract: Creative ideas and the ability to do independent study are important characteristics for students to be successful in their university lives and careers thereafter. These two aspects are also what we wish to cultivate in freshman students through "Introduction to Bilingual Physics," which was designed by Prof. Ying Yun for physical engineering students. The main contexts about classical and modern physics are organized through the "key line" method and are introduced in several ways, including blackboard presentations, multimedia materials, experiment demonstrations, and network simulations. Following that, students are encouraged and guided to do scientific research with suitable complexity by working in a self-organized group, and then they are asked and selected to present their ideas or discoveries in class and even at international occasions. This teaching model has proven to be effective over a 10-year teaching practice, during which the performance of the students has been tracked.
  Footnotes: Sponsored by Prof. Lei Bao
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The Global Laboratory at SUNY Oswego
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.03
  Time: 9:00AM - 9:30AM
  Author: Shashi M. Kanbur, SUNY Oswego
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  Co-Author(s): Cleane L. Medeiros, Lorrie Clemo, Deborah Stanley, Webe Kadima
  Abstract: A key competency required for graduates in today's highly competitive job market is skill in solving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based problems in an international context. Increasingly, scientific and technological innovations occur as a result of teams of multinational researchers working in many different global settings. The Global Laboratory at SUNY Oswego aims to provide our undergraduates with these skills by providing 6-8 week STEM-based cutting-edge research experiences at a number of leading research driven universities worldwide (UFPB, UFAL, UFMGS in Brazil; Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India; National Central University, Taiwan; University of Kinshasha, DRC). As a specific example, between 2011-2013, we will take six students per summer to work on cutting-edge astrophysics research projects at the Graduate Institute of Astronomy, National Central University, Taiwan. In this talk, we describe the pedagogical/cultural/cognitive benefits to students and our plans to expand the Global Laboratory.
  Footnotes: Andrew Crouse
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Quantum Entanglement and its Application
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.03
  Time: 9:30AM - 9:40AM
  Author: Ying-Hong Zhao
Chieng-Shiung Wu College,Southeast University
  Co-Author(s): Xiao-Jiao Yuan, Jin Guo
  Abstract: Nowadays, the discussion about the inharmony between the local effect of relativity and the non-local effect of quantum mechanics raised by quantum entanglement has become one of the most difficult problems in physics. By taking a course called Bilingual Physics with Multimedia last semester, we have some new ideas about independent and explorative study. Inspired by the concept of education, we decided to study quantum entanglement and its application from a freshman's view. This essay mainly talks about exploring the history of quantum entanglement, the basic principles and the experimental facilities of quantum teleportation, as well as the latest scientific development on it. At last, we conclude that the exploration of science as endless and we also come up with some deep thoughts about the coming era of quantum information.
  Footnotes: Sponsored by Prof. Lei Bao.
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My Experience with Physics Students and Teachers in Vietnam
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.03
  Time: 9:40AM - 9:50AM
  Author: Asim Gangopadhyaya, Loyola University Chicago
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: During this summer I hope to have an opportunity to meet with teachers and students in South Vietnam. In particular, I would like to see their curricula and compare it with ours, and with an older curriculum in India that I am familiar with. I would also like to find out their way of teaching and see whether it has substantial differences from ours.
  Footnotes: None
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Computer Simulations in Promoting Physics in Jamaica
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.03
  Time: 9:50AM - 10:00AM
  Author: Michael Ponnambalam, University of the West Indies
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: After attending an AAPT Workshop in the Summer Meeting of 2006, we had our first computer-simulation-based experiment in the Algebra-based Freshman Physics course in November 2006, using two borrowed computers. The success of that venture led us to a Virtual Lab with 25 computers by October 2008. The use of the computer simulations in promoting the teaching of physics to the university students as well as in enhancing physics outreach to high schools, and even to the primary schools, will be discussed.
  Footnotes: None
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