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Call for Papers

2017 Summer Meeting: July 22 - 26 — Cincinnati, Ohio


Committee on Educational Technologies

Developing and Using Next-Generation Simulations

(Committee on Apparatus)

This session will feature developers of next-generation simulations for tablets and computers. Contributed talks are requested from teachers who have used next-generation simulations or from other developers of such simulations.

Cultural Perspectives on Educational Technology

(Committee on International Physics Education)

Smartphones are nowadays ubiquitous. In physics education, these devices offer cultural universal possibilities for teaching and learning. Do you design, develop, or conduct examples to implement mobile devices in physics classrooms? This invited/contributed session might raise your interest. We are looking for speakers who bring in examples from different countries working with smartphones and tablets in physics classrooms.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations: Whats 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 International Physics Education

Citizen Science and International Collaboration

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

When everybody has the opportunity to contribute to research, it’s called "citizen science". CS is already common in environmental sciences, where citizens can provide valuable data for research in good quality using e.g. smartphone sensors. We seek examples from around the world where technology can be used in a way that is beneficial for science, and educational for the researchers.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Educational Applications of Drones, Augmented/Virtual Reality, and Other Emerging Technologies

This session aims on exploring how mobile, and emerging technologies can help improve learning and teaching experiences in higher education. This could include focus on Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones), Virtual Reality equipment (head gears), Augmented reality applications, and other wearable technology.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

The Use of IOLab for Introductory Laboratory Reform

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

In the poster part of this session we would like people to participate by sharing an IOLab experiment that they have had particular success with or simply think others would find interesting. In addition to a poster, we encourage participants to bring whatever they need so that they can demonstrate the actual experiment.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Climate Change

Climate change is a topic that permeates the popular press. As such there is ample opportunity to incorporate climate change, a topic students most certainly have heard about, in the science classroom. Consider sharing your how you have incorporated climate change in your physics curriculum through lesson plans, labs, hands on activities, etc. in this invited/contributed session.

Committee on Laboratories

Optics Labs at All Levels: Rainbows to Raman Spectroscopy

What is new in your optics Lab? Over the past few years we have seen changes to upper division labs in general, the publication of Laboratory guidelines by AAPT, and more and more courses for non-majors appearing in two year colleges. Share advances in pedagogy, tips, or techniques with our community spnning the spectrum from basic color theory to quantum entanglement.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Innovative Models of Physics Teacher Preparation

This session features and invites speakers who have demonstrated innovative physics teacher preparation programs including multi-college and multi-institution partnerships, innovate degree and licensure paths, and innovative early field experiences, induction experiences, and models for providing mentoring.

Committee on Laboratories

Designing Labs with Low-Cost Embedded Computers: Raspberry PI, BeagleBone, and Galileo

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Low cost but high performance network-connected Linux computers-on-a-card combine multiple channels for data acquisition with the capacity to do sophisticated processing and control. How can Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone, Galileo, or related platforms be used to engage students in physics labs and for student projects using embedded Linux for learning, research, and innovation?

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

PER Innovations for Reducing DFW Rates and Improving Retention in Introductory Physics Sequences

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

This session focuses on innovative techniques and programs for improving your post-secondary introductory physics course's Drop, Fail or Withdraw (DFW) rate.

Committee on Laboratories

Lab Recommendations Focus Area 5: Technical and Practical Skills

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

According to the AAPT Laboratory Recommendations document, students should "– become proficient using common test equipment in a range of standard laboratory measurements while being cognizant of device limitations." They should also develop practical laboratory skills and gain experience in safely using specialized tools, materials, and devices. How do students develop and reinforce these these technical and practical skills in your lab/lab curriculum?

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Improving Student Learning With the Use of Popular Media

(Committee on Science Education for the Public)

Do you make use of popular media to encourage student learning? Have you studied the effectiveness of popular media at increasing student learning? Video games, science fiction novels, and superhero movies all provide opportunities to not only study scientific principles but also bring those principles into our students' lives. Please share your analysis of the advantages of science through pop culture references.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Effective Practices in Educational Technology

This contributed session will feature innovative uses of educational technologies that have been implemented in physics classrooms. Please consider submitting a contributed talk to this session to share your ideas with others.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Preparing the Community for the August 21st Solar Eclipse

(Committee on Science Education for the Public)

The 2017 Eclipse is just one month away, and this session will prepare you to present information to your students and community about research opportunities, eclipse curriculum and viewing tips. There will be three 20 minute invited talks from experts and a one hour poster session open to anyone who has something to share about the eclipse. Please contribute posters.

Multi-Messenger Astronomy in the Age of GR and Gravitational Waves

We encourage submission to this session for contributed talks that highlight innovative ways to bring the results from general relativity and gravitational waves research into the STEM classroom (from K-12 to graduate level) and to informal science audiences.

Committee on Apparatus

PIRA Session - 3D Printing in Labs and Demonstrations

Additive Printing is quickly becoming a technology available to educators at all levels. This session is to provide examples of how 3D printing is being used in teaching physics in both a classroom and laboratory setting. What resources are available and how to access them are among possible topics for contributed talks.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

K-12 PER

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

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

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

New Developments in Introductory Physics for Life Science Dissemination

Please share your new developments and dissemination progress of curricular approaches, activities, and materials for the Introductory Physics for Life Science (IPLS) course.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

NGSS Evidence Statements

(Committee on Teacher Preparation)

NGSS is a set of guidelines for organizing and teaching science in the United States. The focus of a science class is being re-defined to maximized student interest and productivity. After several informative sessions on NGSS, teachers have recognized that the content of the science classes has not be altered, but rather the process and student engagement is being addressed. This session will feature adaptations of traditional physics concepts and units of study made by physics teachers to the NGSS guidelines. If you have ventured into these guidelines, share your experience and products with us.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Going Public: How to Get Published

Anyone with experience in getting their ideas published through large or small publishers, e-books, articles in established journals, lab manuals, etc. is encouraged to submit an abstract discussing their experiences. During their 10 minute presentation it is expected the person would recount what specific experience they have had and any suggestions they would offer for those that are new to publishing their ideas in the form of articles or textbooks. etc.

Committee on Professional Concerns

Survival Skills for New High School Teachers

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Congratulations! You've landed your first job as a high school physics teacher! Are you ready? Settling into a new job and a new career is both exciting and perplexing. How new teachers cope with these will likely determine whether or not they persist in the field. This session will explore challenges and suggest strategies for survival and success.

Committee on Modern Physics

Neutrino Physics Investigations for Students and Teachers

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Neutrino experiments have become an important part of particle physics and there are new and exciting opportunities developing for students to engage not only the concepts but real data. This session will have two invited papers on how we can make data from Fermilab neutrino experiments available for student investigations. Contributed talks on neutrino physics in the classroom are sought. At the end of the session, all speakers will form a panel for discussion.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Jupyter: VPython/GlowScript

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Jupyter Notebook (formerly iPython Notebook) is a web application (front-end) to create and share documents that contain live code, visualizations, and marked-up text and equations. The latest version of VPython runs in Jupyter. Papers are invited on how you use Jupyter and/or Jupyter VPython in teaching physics classes.

Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics

Science and Religion

(Committee on Science Education for the Public)

This session will broadly explore the relationship between science and religion: the philosophical parallels and distinctions between science and religion, historical relationships between scientists and churches, and reports of successful programs to communicate science while respecting the religious convictions of different communities.

Committee on Women in Physics

Developing Successful Mentoring Relationships

Everyone-- yes, even seasoned teachers-- can benefit from a good mentor. This session seeks to understand the ways in which you or others have developed successful mentoring relationships. What are some the keys to success or pitfalls to avoid? As a busy teacher, what strategies have you developed or learned for maintaining mentoring relationships to sustain your own professional development?


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.