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Call for Papers
2016 Winter Meeting — New Orleans, Louisiana

January 9 - 12

 

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 the Interests of Senior Physicists

Outreach Physics Courses for Non-Science Majors

(Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges)

When you subtract the students in physics courses for majors, engineers, pre-meds, physical therapists etc. there are still large numbers of students who take courses that often fall into the category of "Physics and XXX". Please tell us about the courses that you have designed for these students.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Innovations in Online Education

This session will explore innovative methods for delivering physics instruction in the online environment. Presentations involving innovations in online lecture presentation, flipped classrooms, promoting student communication online, and online laboratories are solicited. Presentations involving research into engagement online, online discourse, retention issues, online pedagogy including calibrated peer review, adaptive learning, video analysis, and other online elements are encouraged.

When to Use (And Not Use) Technology

We seek talks describing the principles faculty use to make decisions about technologies. These decisions may pertain to the selection, implementation or elimination of technologies. Talks may focus on issues including: (1) usability; (2) cost and payment structure; (3) features enabling new or improved experiences for students; (4) features expanding faculty capabilities or efficiencies; and (5) institutional mandates (shudder).

Educational Applications of 3D Printers

(Committee on Apparatus)

The increased availability of inexpensive consumer-grade 3D printers is revolutionizing the way individuals engage in creative endeavors, including science. This session aims to highlight innovative ways that 3D printers are transforming and enhancing the teaching and learning of physics.

Committee on International Physics Education

International Women in Physics

(Committee on Women in Physics)

How do USA women Physics majors compare with women from other countries around the world?

Committee on Educational Technologies

iOS and Android App Show

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Do you have a favorite app for your physics classroom? Do you want to see others’ favorite apps? Come to this “Show and Tell” for a cavalcade of apps—both “student” and “teacher” apps are welcome. 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).

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

The Planetarium Classroom

With digital projection techniques and animated simulations, planetaria are becoming more flexible and immersive classrooms that can show students much more than the night sky. Are you developing content for teaching with a planetarium? Assessment techniques? Technological tools and tricks? We invite contributed talks that share how you have used a planetarium to teach.

Astronomy Education Research: Current Trends and Future Directions

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 Educational Technologies

At Home Labs

(Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges)

The ability to do labs in the home has "broken down the barriers" for distance education physics students for decades. Modern high capability and inexpensive equipment, not all of it designed with physics study in mind, allows meaningful lab exercises for all, including those who study in classrooms. We seek and will share great ideas for labs outside the lab!

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 Undergraduate Education

Climate Change

Presentations on climate change are requested. Papers dealing with infusing climate change topics into our regular physics courses, ways to present solutions and new technology and engineering responses to alleviate the effects of climate change, and innovative classroom and lab exercises on climate change are particularly encouraged. Examples of service learning and internship opportunities on climate change are also eligible.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Meeting the Breadth of NGSS

(Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education)

This session will focus on the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. Share your experiences with implementation in your school or district, or how you are are integrating NGSS into your teacher preparation programs. In addition to the physical science standards, how are you integrating engineering and/or earth science standards into the curriculum?

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Teaching Electronics in Upper Level Undergraduate Physics

(Committee on Laboratories)

Electronics is a pervasive course in the physics curriculum but its implementation is very varied. Analog ... digital ... computer interfacing. What are the learning objectives of an electronics course for the physics major? How should we be teaching electronics? Are there new paradigms and challenges that we should incorporate? Please contribute a poster on your electronics course.

Writing and Assessing Biology-based Problems in the Introductory Physics Course

Physics faculty in the IPLS course are being asked to incorporate more biology-based problems. But what biology should we use? What physics do life scientists need? How do we write genuine biology-based problems? What resources do we have to help write new problems/questions? How do we assess these new problems? Please contribute a poster on your biology-based problems/questions.

Committee on Laboratories

Lab Guidelines Focus Area 2: Designing Experiments

According to the Laboratory Recommendations document, students should "develop, engineer, and troubleshoot experiments to test models and hypotheses within specific constraints such as cost, time, safety, and available equipment." How do students develop and reinforce these these skills in your lab/lab curriculum?

Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics

History and Philosophy in the Physics Classroom

We invite contributions on incorporating historical or philosophical material into physics and astronomy teaching at all levels (high school, introductory undergraduate, advanced undergraduate). How do you use history or philosophy to improve your physics or astronomy instruction, help students understand the nature of science, or make science courses more interesting for non-scientists? Share your strategies in this session.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

K-12 PER

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

If you are a physics education researcher studying the learning of physics concepts by K-12 students, please submit a presentation to this session.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Undergraduate Research at Two Year Colleges

This session focuses on programs and/or departments in physics which provide undergraduate research opportunities to their students. Partnerships between two-year and four-year schools are of special interest.”

Committee on Educational Technologies

Quadcopters, Drones and High Altitude Balloons

In this session, there will be invited and contributed talks on the use of quadcopters, drones, and high-altitude balloons in teaching, undergraduate research, or public outreach events. Talks may be address best practices, technology, physics, and experiences.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Licensure Issues for Teachers: Alternative and State Level Challenges

(Committee on Professional Concerns)

Establishing effective pathways for students to obtain a physics degree and earn certification to teach is critical to educating substantial numbers of well-prepared secondary physics teachers. Navigating state regulations and institution policies (not to mention politics) is a complex task. This session will focus on successful strategies at a variety of levels to develop effective pathways to licensure for physics teachers.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Big Science Data in the Classroom

(Committee on Space Science and Astronomy)

The data collected by big science projects are increasingly available to the public online. This invited/contributed session invites papers on the past and future impact in physics education of such data and of associated outreach and data analysis products.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Physics on the Road

Taking your love and excitement of physics on the road is a rewarding and fun way to engage and educate people outside your classrooms. Attend and learn about organizing, planning, and presenting physics on the road from seasoned outreach experts and novices. Contributions from all are welcome and valued.

Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education

Physics Outside the Classroom: After School Clubs, Summer Camps and Other Enrichment Programs

Have you participated in informal physics outreach to a K-12 audience in your community? This invited/contributed session is your opportunity to share your experiences in informal venues such as afterschool programs, summer camps, or partnerships with local museums. What works well and what challenges have you faced? This session will be a shareathon of ideas.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

K-16 Physics Education Collaboratives

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Hello AAPT community! The committee on teacher preparation is organizing a session called "K-16 Physics Education Collaboratives" which is target to discuss what is the role of informal science in the classrooms and what are the mechanism and tools for collaboration between teachers and outreach programs. We would love to hear about your research and ideas that could help strengthen the connection between classrooms and outreach.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

Energy First - How We Do It and Why You Should Too

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Traditional physics courses begin with the kinematic equations and Newton’s Laws of Motion. Though Isaac Newton’s laws of motion help students understand why objects move, they aren’t prerequisites for active citizenship. However, contemporary society constantly faces important energy questions. Shouldn’t our physics courses emphasize this important topic? This invited/contributed session is a forum for those sharing this philosophy. Have you restructured your course to focus on energy? Have you found a way to connect energy throughout your course? Contribute to the conversation!

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Flipped Classrooms

A flipped classroom is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space. This leaves the classroom space to develop concepts, ideas and apply them with changing roles for both the students and the teacher. We are interested in flipped learning successes and needed supports for the educator.

Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge in Physics

A threshold concept represents a transformed way of understanding, or interpreting, or viewing something without which the learner cannot progress. A threshold concept is a subset of ‘core concepts’. The development of threshold concepts may represent, or lead to, what Perkins (1999) describes as troublesome knowledge, knowledge that is conceptually difficult, counter-intuitive or ‘alien’. Please share your work on threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge.

Committee on Diversity in Physics

Recovery of New Orleans Physics Post-Katrina

Speakers will present the challenges, triumphs and disappointments that they have experienced in revitalizing their physics departments after Hurricane Katrina.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Maker Movement (FabLab/Tech. Shop/Maker Space)

This is an Invited/Contributed session and will focus on curriculum driven and/or entrepreneurial programs which engage physics and engineering students in experimental design projects using 3D design and printing technologies.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

Professional Concerns in High School

(Committee on Professional Concerns)

In this session we explore the challenges of teaching physics effectively at the high school level. Undergraduate teacher preparation may provide teachers with a solid grounding in content, but how do they learn to navigate the contextual issues of teaching: standards, teacher evaluation, department politics, reaching and motivating diverse learners? This session will highlight teacher perspectives on these crucial issues.

Committee on Apparatus

Educational Applications of Arduino Microcontrollers

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Arduino applications are popping up everywhere. They are the buzz in the electronic hobbyist community, and are frequently seen in the educational community, including workshops at AAPT meetings. If you are doing some really unique and interesting projects that involve the use of Arduinos, please consider disseminating that work to the AAPT community.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

PER: Evaluation of Curricular Strategies for Introductory Physics for Life Science

The introductory physics course is the last physics course that most life science students will ever take, so the course needs to not only engage their interest, but to prepare them to be able to use relevant physics in their future fields. If you have evaluated your curricular strategies used to transform this course, your contributions are encouraged.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

Discovery Physics in the Classroom

We are in an age of physics discovery. The past few years have revealed to us the accelerating expansion of the universe, neutrinos with mass that can oscillate from one flavor to another, and, of course, the Higgs boson, to name a few. How do we bring these discoveries to the classroom and how do we prepare our students for the new knowledge around the corner?

Committee on Apparatus

Apparatus Gumbo

(Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges)

Do you have a piece of apparatus you'd like to discuss, describe, or show? Continuing our Apparatus [ Gumbo | Magic | etc. ] sessions from recent Winter Meetings, we seek papers describing apparatus old, apparatus new, or apparatus borrowed. New or old uses? Old demonstrations done new ways and new demonstrations both will be welcomed! We particularly seek trades-related and tech demonstrations from Two-Year College introductory courses.

Weather or Knot, It's Still Physics

Weather on Earth is full of many examples of physical properties. If you use the physics of weather in your classroom, we invite you to contribute to this session and explain how the dynamics of weather provides us a chance to explore the world around us and the inherent physics involved. Especially encouraged are any examples using apparatus for laboratories or demonstrations.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Physics and Society

Contributed Physics and Society papers covering topics that inform educate and inspire students and the public on topics such as energy, energy sources, climate change, research funding, pseudo science, science literacy, and other topics that effects society at large. Papers can also cover methods of showing the science that may support or challenge views portrayed in the media or politics.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

The Science of Corrosions and Metals

(Committee on Science Education for the Public)

With the push for the development of stronger and lighter metals engineering students need to combine the principles of physics and chemistry. The combination of high humidity and salinity of the New Orleans environment poses challenges in protecting structures from oxidation. This session will address the relationships between these two disciplines and metallurgy

Committee on Women in Physics

Women Physicists in Leadership Positions

(Committee on Professional Concerns)

Women physicists take on leadership roles every day, in the classroom, in their department or institution, in their professional organizations, and within industry. The purpose of this session is to share some basic concepts of leadership, explore what is known about gender and its role in leadership situations, and discuss challenges that women in leadership positions face.

Committee on Diversity in Physics

Research on Ethnic Minorities: PER, DBER, and Science Education

(Committee on Professional Concerns)

Presentations are welcome that address difficulties in teaching students who are or have been isolated from mainstream culture, and who do not find support and motivation for academic achievement within their communities.

Committee on International Physics Education

International Programs and Teaching Experiences

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Improving the strategies of research, teaching, and learning in physics is an international goal. In this session, the speakers will share their instructional efforts that has crossed the American frontiers, either through a research collaboration or through teaching implementations performed in different countries.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

SPS Undergraduate Research and Outreach

SPS Undergraduate Research and Outreach Poster Session.