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Call for Papers

2016 Summer Meeting: July 16 - 20 — Sacramento, California

Abstracts submitted by February 18 will be entered to win a $50 AmEx gift card

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 Research in Physics Education

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

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

We invite papers on creation, presentation and research on Interactive Lecture Demonstrations at the college and high school levels.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Educational Hacking: Repurposing Technology for Teaching

(Committee on Apparatus)

This session will explore innovative ways that physics instructors and students are modifying, reconfiguring, refurbishing, and/or repurposing hardware and software to enhance this technology's usefullness for the teaching and learning of physics.

Ardiuno, Teensy, FPGA's et al

(Committee on Apparatus)

Are you using modern circuitry in your physics course? Arduinos? FPGAs? PSoCs? Other hobbyist/IoT electronics? We'd like to hear about it in this session! All interesting projects and project ideas are welcome including student projects, faculty projects, instrumentation, or anything else.

Innovative Uses of Technology Enabled Spaces

This session examines novel uses of technology within classrooms and their impacts on students' outcomes.

Innovative Uses of Technology Enabled Students

Our students have a different set of skills than we had at that age. They know how to operate their smart phones, use social media (Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.), surf the web, as well as other skills that we might not have heard of yet! So how do we harness these skills for good instead of evil?? This session will be devoted to innovative and/or effective ways that have been developed to make use of students' prowess with technology.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Computer Modeling and Simulation in Sustainability Courses

Climate change, the environment, sustainability … all of these topics present challenges that can best be addressed using computer models and simulations. And increasingly, to have a good understanding of issues and arguments in these areas, voters are required to have a sophisticated appreciation and understanding of the power and limitations of models and computer simulations. How should we be using models and simulations in our courses in sustainability and the environment? What should be our goals for both majors and non-majors in these courses? What should we be including in our courses? What pedagogical challenges are there in teaching computer models and simulations? The session will begin with several invited panelists presenting their views and then we will break into a mini-poster session. Please contribute a poster on the role, objectives and implementation of computer models and simulation in courses of sustainability, environmental physics, …

Computer Modeling and Simulation in the IPLS Course

How can we use computer models and simulations in the IPLS course? Are there pedagogical challenges? Why should we use models and simulations in the IPLS course? What kinds of programs are already available? What resources can we use? Please contribute a poster on the role, objectives, implementation, use … of computer models and simulation in the IPLS course.

Committee on Women in Physics

Leadership and Other Skills in the Undergraduate Curriculum

Colleges are being asked to incorporate leadership and other “21st century” skills into the curriculum. How do we incorporate these skills into the major? … in or out of the classroom. What are the pedagogical challenges? What skills can we introduce and develop? … Please contribute a poster on education for leadership and other 21st century skills.

Committee on Apparatus

Do Try This At Home!

We seek talks that describe safe, interesting, and fun activities and demonstrations that anyone can try at home either for their own enjoyment or as part of a more formal learning environment (hands-on homework, distance learning, etc.) Presentations can describe demonstrations or lab experiments that can be conducted using common household items or easily available supplies. We are interested in materials for all grade levels and abilities.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Teacher in Residence (TIR) Role in Mentoring

Mentoring new physics teachers is critical to their success and retention. Teachers in Residence and Master Teachers are in a unique position to provide this mentoring. If you have worked as a TIR and served as a mentor or have been mentored by a TIR, please share your expertise and insight by contributing to this session.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Using Popular Media to Teach Astronomy

(Committee on Science Education for the Public)

Do you make use of popular media to encourage student learning; and have you studied the actual success for such approaches? Books, poetry, comics, magazines, and news-stories provide opportunities to study science. Video from "Interstellar," "The Martian," or the newest superhero movie demonstrate science principles. Analysis of "Angry Birds" or other games allow us to bring physics into our students' lives. Please share your analysis of the advantages of science through pop culture references.

Innovation Share-a-Thon for Astronomy Education

Participants will have 5-10 minutes each to share a demo, an activity, a lab, or other teaching component for introductory or intermediate astronomy. After everyone has shared, there will be time for the audience to ask questions, experiment with equipment, and discuss the shared information with presenters. Time allotted may vary depending on the number of presenters.

The Great American Eclipse of 21 August 2017: Preparing for Maximum Impact

On Monday 21 August 2017 a solar eclipse will be visible to the entire North American continent; with a path of totality sweeping across the USA, from Oregon to South Carolina. This event could be one of the most participated in science events of the century, and provides a fantastic teachable moment. Presentations that share plans for the eclipse are solicited.

Committee on the Interests of Senior Physicists

Favorite TPT Articles

This session will call attention to especially useful and interesting materials that have appeared in the pages of The Physics Teacher.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

Particle Physics Investigations by Students

(Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges)

Particle physics may seem unreachable to students and teachers due to the highly sophisticated equipment and high expertise associated with it. However, from data made public by the large collaborations such as ATLAS and CMS at the Large Hadron Collider to tabletop cosmic ray detectors, opportunities are there. Speakers will share these and discuss how to make it all work.

Committee on Laboratories

Lab Guidelines Focus Area 3: Modeling

According to the AAPT Laboratory Recommendations document, students should "develop abstract representations of real systems studied in the laboratory, understand their limitations and uncertainties, and make predictions using models." How do students develop and reinforce these these skills in your lab/lab curriculum?

Committee on Women in Physics

Physicists with Disabilities

(Committee on Diversity in Physics)

Are you a disabled physicist? Willing to share your story? Have you made your course more accessible for individuals with disabilities? If so, please consider submitting an abstract for the session on Disabled Physicists. Physicists with all types of disabilities are welcome.

Committee on Professional Concerns

Teaching Physics in High Needs High Schools

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Teaching physics in a high needs school entails a number of unique challenges that are not encountered in the typical suburban middle class high school. This session will examine conditions associated with serving high needs students and shed light on both the challenges and the opportunities teachers encounter in this setting.

Committee on International Physics Education

PER Findings Related To Latin American Students

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

This session is intended to share Physics Education Research implementation results, having a special focus on showing the effect on Latin American students.

Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education

Preparing Pre-service Physics Teachers for the Middle School Classroom

(Committee on Teacher Preparation)

Many of our pre-service teachers are earning certification for the secondary school physics and middle school science simultaneously. Despite the apparent shortage of qualified physics teachers, some of our teachers are finding more opportunities in the middle school classroom. In this session, we will discuss preparing pre-service physics teachers for the middle school classroom. In particular, we will discuss classroom management strategies for an active engagement classroom and middle school science content.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Climate Change

This session will review current research in climate change along with innovative techniques used in the teaching of the physics of climate change.

Course Program Assessments

Ideas concerning course and program assessment in physics at all levels. Best practices, avoiding problems, and communicating results of assessments are welcome topics.

Committee on Laboratories

Developing Experimental Skills at all Levels I

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 physics lab curriculum at all levels to teach these valuable skills to majors and non-majors alike.

Committee on Graduate Education in Physics

CIRTL: A Network Model to Transform STEM Education and Prepare Future Faculty

The CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) Network of 22 leading U.S. research universities uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective, evidence-based teaching practices. In this session, we will discuss the impact of CIRTL, both network-wide and in individual member institutions across the country.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

Progress in Pedagogy for Introductory Physics for Life Science

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

Curricular development to meet the physics needs of the life science population at the introductory level has been widely progressing. The typical first and important stage is integration of biology or health with the physics. Beyond this, the pedagogical approaches need to be different from physics/engineering majors. Please contribute your pedagogical strategies that incorporate but go beyond the interdisciplinary context.

Committee on Women in Physics

Professional Development Opportunities: Participant Perspective on What Works

(Committee on International Physics Education)

Professional development opportunities for women in physics have been focused on a variety of topics, including supporting women in physics, mentoring students from underrepresented groups, and improving networking and leadership skills. The purpose of this session is to engage in a discussion on what has been effective. We are particularly interested in hearing what participants feel has been beneficial to them.

Supporting Women in Physics: How Everyone Can Play a Role

(Committee on Professional Concerns)

Panelists in this session will discuss how men and women in academia can play a role in supporting women at all levels in physics.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Online Hybrid

To meet the needs of a diverse student population, many colleges and universities are adopting an online hybrid course format where some of the course content is delivered online and some face to face. This session will explore the successes and challenges physics instructors have had in creating online hybrid courses.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

Adaptaton of Physics Activities to Three Major Components of NGSS

NGSS is taking hold and we have many physics lessons that have stood the test of time. Now is the time to wed the two and update the the concepts we have taught in many forms. Share the new products that are clearly designed for the NGSS curriculum plan. Since many teachers are being directed to the NGSS, this is the time to share your work and understanding of the NGSS directives.

Committee on Apparatus

Modern Physics Demonstrations and Labs

Contributed papers which reveal new and exciting ways to illustrate modern physics principles are encouraged.


SPS Undergraduate Research and Outreach Poster Session

Poster submissions for SPS Undergraduate Students.