eNNOUNCER April 2020
Regarding the Impact of COVID-19 on AAPT and Our Members
Message from the AAPT President, Past President, and Executive Officer. Read more
Chandralekha Singh Becomes President of AAPT
During the 2020 Winter Meeting in Orlando, Florida, the presidential gavel was presented to Dr. Chandralekha Singh. She will serve as President of the American Association of Physics Teachers for the coming year. Singh, Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Founding Director of the Discipline-based Science Education Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh, has previously served on the AAPT Board of Directors as President-elect and Vice President. Read more
AAPT One Minute Survey
Please take a minute to complete this survey on online teaching during COVID-19. Click here to take the survey. Last month's survey results.
2020 AAPT Summer Meeting
At this time, the 2020 AAPT Summer Meeting is scheduled to take place as planned from July 18 through 22, 2020 at the DeVos Place Convention. We realize there are many questions in light of COVID-19 as it relates to future AAPT events, particularly the upcoming 2020 AAPT Summer Meeting in Grand Rapids, MI. The health of attendees, presenters, exhibitors and staff is AAPT's top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and are following the recommendations regarding safety and precautionary measures issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and provide updates as necessary. We invite you to register to attend, and anticipate registration opening by mid-April.
Enter the 2020 AAPT Apparatus Competition
The AAPT Apparatus Competition is held each year at the Summer Meeting, this year in Grand Rapids, MI. There are two main categories, Low Cost and Unlimited. Pasco has again graciously sponsored the prizes, $1000 for First Place. The Application Deadline is June 26 , 2020. Please consider entering one or more of your Physics Apparatus in the competition.
The Entry Form is located here.
The Rules are located here
SM20 Post-deadline Abstract Submissions
AAPT will be accepting post-deadline abstracts from March 4 to April 30 for the 2020 AAPT Summer Meeting in Grand Rapids. This is a great opportunity to showcase your innovative research and creative teaching methods. All post-deadline abstracts (posters/talks) will be scheduled in the last session of the day on July 22.
Click here to submit an abstract
SM20 Conference Hotel
The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel by Hilton will serve as the conference hotel for the 2020 AAPT Summer Meeting in Grand Rapids. All rooms must be booked by June 23, however we suggest you book early, since the hotel can sell out before the cut-off date. Please click here to make a reservation.
2020 Millikan Medal Awarded to David M. Cook
AAPT has announced that David M. Cook will receive the Robert A. Millikan Medal during the 2020 Summer Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This award recognizes educators who have made notable and intellectually creative contributions to the teaching of physics. Cook is a pioneer in computational physics education and has rendered extraordinary service to AAPT on Area Committees, the Meetings Committee, AAPT representative to AIP Governing Board, and in the Presidential Chain. He has organized a computational physics conference and led computational curriculum education projects. He has been an AAPT member since 1966. Read more
Deborah Mason-McCaffrey to Receive the AAPT 2020 David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching
Deborah Mason-McCaffrey will receive the 2020 David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching. This award is given in recognition of contributions to undergraduate physics teaching and awardees are chosen for their extraordinary accomplishments in communicating the excitement of physics to their students. John Wiley & Sons is the principal source of funding for this award, through its donation to the AAPT. Read more
James Kakalios Named as Recipient of the 2020 Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced today that James Kakalios, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, is the 2020 recipient of the Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award. The lecture and award will be presented during the AAPT Summer Meeting in Grand Rapids, MI. Read more
Ann Walkup to Receive 2020 Paul W. Zitzewitz Excellence in K-12 Teaching Award
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced today that the 2020 Paul Zitzewitz Excellence in K-12 Physics Teaching Award winner is Ann Walkup, a physics teacher at Cranston High School East, Cranston, Rhode Island. This award is in recognition for contributions to pre-college physics teaching and awardees are chosen for their extraordinary accomplishments in communicating the excitement of physics to their students. Read more
Sponsorship and Digital Advertising Opportunities
AAPT's summer meeting is expected to draw over 1,200 physics educators from around the globe. Don't miss this opportunity to have your company stand ahead of the rest. Click here for some exciting opportunities.
2019 Barbara Lotze Scholarship Winners
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced the winners of the 2019 Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Teachers.
Undergraduate students enrolled, or planning to enroll, in physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors entering such programs are eligible. Successful applicants receive a stipend of up to $2,000 and a complimentary AAPT Student Membership for one year. The scholarship may be granted to an individual for each of four years. Read more
Announcing the Doc Brown Futures Award - Now accepting nominations
We are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the Doc Brown Futures Award. Dr. Robert Brown, a long-time AAPT member at Case Western Reserve, recently provided a generous donation to endow the award. This award recognizes early-career members who demonstrate excellence in their contributions to AAPT and physics education and exhibit the potential to serve in an AAPT leadership role. Candidates must be "early career" which is defined as an individual who has been full-time in the profession of physics education for no more than seven years at the time of nomination. Awardees receive a monetary prize of $1,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration to an AAPT National Meeting, and two nights lodging and reimbursement for travel expenses. Please nominate a qualified early career physics educator and AAPT member for this award! K-12 teachers, two-year college faculty, and four-year college and university faculty are eligible. In your nomination, please comment on the candidate's involvement and leadership in AAPT, how they advance AAPT's mission, and how they engage in leadership through research and scholarship. We anticipate celebrating our first awardee at the 2020 Summer Meeting in Grand Rapids, MI. Nominations for the first Doc Brown Award are due April 15, 2020.
Please consider nominating a colleague for this award or one of AAPT's other awards. Nominations for those awards are due June 1, 2020.
Be a Part of the AAPT Delegation to Egypt!
This has been canceled.
AAPT Books Program - Calling All Authors!
We are interested in hearing from authors who desire to publish books in the areas of physics content, the history and philosophy of physics, physics education research, and the application of pedagogical techniques in physics. Book topics must fit within the AAPT mission of “enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.” Send questions about authoring an AAPT book to email@example.com.
Help Support National Meeting Attendees!
AAPT is committed to making sure that our national meetings are as accessible as possible to as many as possible. Our physics education community thrives when we can hear diverse voices and perspectives.
Did you know that AAPT offers assistance via small grants to individuals attending AAPT's summer and winter meeting who have childcare, dependent care, or elder care or who need assistance because of a disability? Did you also know that AAPT offers small travel grants for the summer and winter meetings to AAPT, NSHP, or NSBP members who need additional financial assistance including a few grants specifically to high school and two year college faculty who are from underrepresented groups and/or from institutions whose students are predominantly underrepresented?
Below are some examples of the impact that these grants have had:
"The grant allowed me to attend the meeting by helping to pay for a specialized caretaker ... and a babysitter."
"I was able to attend the meeting with my 3 month old child by bringing my spouse to help with childcare during the meeting."
"I was able to concentrate while attending the conference because I knew that my children were in good hands."
"My caretaker was able to transport me in a car and support me during my presentation while attending so that I didn't become too exhausted."
"I will be forever grateful for this opportunity to attend the AAPT national meeting."
"I was so excited to give my first invited talk at a large conference. Since my institution typically doesn't support travel, the AAPT travel grant made it possible for me to attend. Impact: 100%."
"If I had to cover all of the expenses myself I would have had to find a cheap hotel outside of town... With this grant I was able to stay at a hotel downtown making it much easier to attend evening events and also meet up with and network with other physics teachers."
"I was not in good financial position [and] the grant gave me [the] opportunity to participate for the first time."
Help AAPT continue to impact individuals and our field! Please donate to these funds to sustain these grants for future conferences! Read More
Support the U.S. Physics Team - Donate Now
Each year AAPT sponsors a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition. The mission of the U.S. Physics Team Program is to promote and demonstrate academic excellence through preparation for and participation in the International Physics Olympiad. AAPT is responsible for recruiting, selecting and training teams each year to compete in the International Physics Olympiad Competition. Your contribution is needed to support these high school students as they prepare to represent the U.S. internationally. Donate now!
2020 High School Physics Photo Contest
It is with regret that we are announcing the cancellation of the 2020 High School Photo Contest. Due to the fact that most schools are closed through the end of March, combined with the uncertainty of when schools will reopen, we have decided that it is best to cancel the contest. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by its cancellation. Learn more.
2020 U.S. Physics Team USAPhO Exam!
The 2020 USAPhO exam that was scheduled for April 2nd has been postponed to April 28th. The date is chosen because, at the moment, most schools are scheduled to reopen by then. Read More
2020 AAPT PhysicsBowl
It is with regret that we are announcing the cancellation of the 2020 PhysicsBowl Exam. Due to the fact that most schools are closed through the end of March, combined with the uncertainty of when schools will reopen, we could not find a time period in which to offer the exam. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by its cancellation. Read More
The Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment
The Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment provides grants to support special activities in the area of physics teaching. The deadline for applications to request funds is July 1, 2020.
2020 PTRA Leadership Institute
The 2020 PTRA Leadership Institute will celebrate 35 years of PTRA by hosting 2 days of sessions to the local teachers or anyone who wants to come early to the AAPT meeting. Thursday, July 16 will be similar to a mini conference by offering a variety of sessions throughout the day and ending with a PIRA demo show. Friday, July 17 will be modeled after a STEM camp so participants can see how to set up and run a true engineering camp for grades K-8. For more information or to register go to https://aaptptra.com/ You do not have to be a PTRA to come join the fun!
Need a new challenge for your students?
Need a new challenge for your students? How about a little quantum? In an effort to help teachers learn about quantum and identify appropriate resources, NSF is funding two summer workshops/camps for teachers and students. The institute will be 3 days of teachers learning about quantum and practicing activities for the classroom and 1 day of "practicing" what they learned on students attending a camp. For more information or to register go to https://quantumforall.com/ or contact Karen Jo Matsler
Physics Department Chairs Conference
The June 18-20, 2020 Physics Department Chairs Conference has been cancelled and will be replaced by several online sessions with dates and times to be determined.
Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop
The June 2020 Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop has been cancelled. The next Workshop will be held October 15-18, 2020 in College Park, MD.
2020 PICUP Capstone Conference
Integrating Computation into Undergraduate Physics. What has been accomplished, and what does the future hold? July 15-18, 2020 (just before the AAPT Summer Meeting) at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI. Click here for more information.
Boston and New England Regional PICUP Workshop
The Boston and New England Regional PICUP Workshop has been canceled.
Coding Integration into High School Physics & Physical Science using STEMcoding Project Resources
AAPT Online course for credit. The goal of this particular course is to show teachers how computer programming exercises can be integrated into high school physics (AP or non-AP) and high school physical science in a simple, fun and engaging way. To learn more and register, click here.
STEMcoding / AFIT Summer Teacher Fellowship
The STEMcoding Project is partnering with the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Dayton, Ohio to support 1-2 paid summer fellowship positions for teachers to create classroom activities that mix computer science, science and mathematics concepts. A key goal of this work is to broaden the "pipeline" of students who receive computer science training in high school. For more information and an application form can be found here.
Report on Undergraduate Physics Programs at Hispanic-Serving Institutions is now available online
In January 2018, the National Society of Hispanic Physicists and the American Association of Physics Teachers held a Conference on Enhancing Undergraduate Physics Programs at Hispanic Serving Institutions (EUPP-HSI). The Conference website is now archived on ComPADRE. The Conference Report compiles the results of a pre-conference survey, summarizes our discussions, and extracts recommendations from the discussions. The Conference report is freely available from AAPT.
New Fellowship Opportunity for Underrepresented Minority Teachers of Physics
A joint project from the American Institute of Physics and the American Association of Physics Teachers is starting and we are looking for applicants. Eligible applicants should be Black, African American, African, Black LatinX, Black Caribbean, and those who identify within the African Diaspora and are either a current, recent, or pre-service physics Teacher. Read more
AAPT Member Spotlight
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Member Discounts Now Available!
AAPT Members can now take advantage of major discounts at retailers such as Hertz, Office Depot/Office Max and HotelEngine.com. You save a percentage of your bill and a portion of the proceeds helps to support AAPT as well! Be sure to check the Member Discounts Program page for details.
What Do You Want Your Legacy to Be?
Teachers make a difference. Given the chance, most of us would like to leave a legacy to organizations we valued in our lifetime. You help shape the future. AAPT can help you determine what you want your legacy to be-to your family, to your fellow teachers, and to tomorrow's future teachers. Planned Giving creates opportunities for you to make a lasting difference to physics education and AAPT. Consider including AAPT in your estate and financial plans. Click here for more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 PER Conference Blog - Call for Entries
The 2020 PERC Organizing Committee is working hard to prepare our community for the conference next year. The theme of the 2020 PERC is about the history, current, and future of physics education research. In other words, as the PER community continues to move forward, we need to take a pause and ask ourselves some critically important and yet easily forgotten questions, such as who we really are, what we really do, and why we do what we do. These questions are closely tied to the ultimate identities of ourselves. That's why we created this blog as an opportunity for us to share with each other the key features about ourselves (be they professional or personal) that we haven't yet got a chance to show through our published research. (You'll need to create a ComPADRE account to see the blog if you don't already have one.) If you are interested in contributing to the blog, please send an email to email@example.com.
New AAPT Member Benefit: Up to 25 Free Downloads of AIP Journals Every Year
AAPT has partnered with AIP Publishing on a valuable new benefit. AAPT members now have access to 25 free article downloads every year from any of the AIP Publishing journals
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Thank you for supporting AAPT, and we hope you enjoy this new membership benefit.
Call for Award Nominations
The AAPT Awards Committee invites nominations for all of AAPT awards, citations, and medals. We are particularly interested in nominations for AAPT Fellows and for the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT.
Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning
This has been canceled.
Distance Learning Introductory Resources Available
Please see: https://pages.uoregon.edu/sokoloff/HomeAdaptedILDs.html for some of our Interactive Lecture Demonstrations adapted to a format that students can use at home. Also, while we realize that hardware requirements will severely limit its usefulness, we wanted you to know that the IOLab version of RealTime Physics Mechanics is available for you to use. Go here for details.
Infusing Engineering into the Science Classroom
Join other teachers seeking to integrate engineering into their science classroom with this unique professional development opportunity. Headed by AAPT/AIP Master Teacher Policy fellows Matthew Peterie and Andrew Edmondson, you will learn from experienced and skillful teachers. The cost will be $385 for individual attendee which includes your registration for the year long program and meals for the two days at Olathe Northwest. If a group of teachers from a building or district would like to attend, reduced pricing is available. After registering your team by completing the form below, subsequent correspondence will make arrangements for payment. Sign up here
Member in the News
Kay Fincher, an AAPT member and AP Physics teacher at Amarillo High, is one of three finalists for the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for grades 7-12 in science. PAEMST is the highest recognition a math or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States, according to the TEA website. The 2019 awards are recognizing math and science teachers in grades 7-12 who use innovative methods to bring teaching to life in the classroom.
In the News
Conant Teacher Susan Rolke
Chemistry and physics instructor and AAPT member, Susan Rolke, at the Jaffrey high school is one of 28 teachers selected from around the country who will have the opportunity to take a journey on SOFIA, which stands for Stratographic Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, through the Airborne Astronomy Ambassador program. The teachers are selected from a large group of applicants by the SETI Institute. Read more
Let U.S. K-12 Educators Know: Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Application is live!
The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is a yearlong professional learning opportunity and short-term exchange for elementary, middle, and high school educators from the United States to develop skills to prepare students for a competitive global economy. Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms equips educators to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad, and global collaboration.
2020 Cosmology Workshop for High School Science Teacher Professional Development
A workshop of professional development of high school science teachers will be held at Penn State, Davey Lab, University Park, PA July 20-24, 2020. Learn about modern advances in cosmology, the study of the universe as a whole. Lodging will be provided to all attendees free of charge, as will some travel support. Pennsylvania teachers will receive approximately 30 hours of Act 48 credit.
All inquiries about this workshop can be directed to Prof. Niel Brandt at 814-865-3509.
APRIL 1 registration deadline - details can be found: here.
CPEP Award for Excellence in Teaching Contemporary Physics
The Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP) has established the CPEP Award for Excellence in Teaching Contemporary Physics to recognize an educator working with high school or middle school students, who has made outstanding achievements in teaching contemporary physics topics. Contemporary physics topics include, but are not limited to, particle physics, nuclear physics, plasma physics, cosmology, fusion physics, and gravitational waves. Please see www.CPEPphysics.org for more details on these topics.
The Living Physics Portal is now seeking beta users!
The Living Physics Portal is a new online environment for physics faculty to share and discuss free curricular resources for teaching introductory physics for life sciences (IPLS). The objective of the Portal is to improve the education of the next generation of medical professionals and biologists by making physics classes more relevant for life sciences students. We are currently looking for beta users to contribute curricular materials to this early version of the site, browse our existing collection of high quality materials from our team, and give us feedback on the site. To learn more about what's available in the beta version of the site, and what will be available in the future, see what's available and what's coming and become a beta tester. To get involved in our upcoming in-person events, see our events page.
Career Toolbox for Undergraduates
The Careers Toolbox for Undergraduate Physics Students is a set of tools and exercises designed to help undergraduate physics students prepare to enter the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce. Tools range from exploring the common job titles of physics bachelor's to preparing for interviews, and are all geared specifically for physics students. This resource is brought to you by the American Institute of Physics and the Society of Physics Students. The 4th Edition is now ready for use.
Help students find the right grad program. Tell them about GradSchoolShopper.com
Advise your students to check out GradSchoolShopper.com, the most complete directory of graduate programs in the physical sciences. Students headed for graduate school can use this FREE service to search by degree programs, admission deadlines, research specialties, faculty profiles, GRE requirements, and more! New 2020 departmental data is now available. If your program isn't listed, contact us to find out how to have it included.
American Modeling Teachers Association
Modeling Workshops & Courses for 2020
The American Modeling Teachers Association will offer distance learning Modeling courses for the 2020 spring. The distance learning courses are synchronous sessions, 3 hours each, using the Zoom platform with video and break-out sessions. The leaders will dive deep into the Modeling pedagogy and use simulations and videos if labs cannot be conducted in participants' own time. Details.
Intro to Modeling, a 15 week course hosted on Tuesday evenings 7-10 pm EST
For details and registration
Advanced Topics for Middle School Modeling, a 5-week course hosted on Wednesday evenings from 7-10 pm EST
For details and registration
Electricity & Magnetism Modeling course, a 15 week course hosted on Thursday evenings from 7-10 pm EST
For details and registration
Information of the upcoming Summer 2020 Modeling Workshops is constantly updated every time when we receive information about another workshop. At this moment, workshops have been scheduled for Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio. For details
CERN's Beamline for Schools Competition
This competition is intended for high school students from around the world and invites students to propose an experiment, which can be performed at a beamline using a particle beam. The winning teams are invited with full cost covered to perform their experiments together with professional scientists and there are more attractive prizes to win. Teams can already register and the deadline for proposal submission is 31 March 2020. More information can be found on our website (cern.ch/bl4s).
Recruit STEM Interns from the Best Job Sites for FREE!
The AAPT Career Center offers no-cost postings to employers recruiting seasonal interns. Locate the best fit for your organization by reaching the future of the science community - the AAPT membership, as well as the members and student members of the American Physical Society (APS Physics), AVS Science and Technology, and the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma.
Get the word out! Your posting will also appear on the Physics Today Jobs site, which when combined with the job sites of the organizations mentioned above forms the ultimate online science, engineering, and computing career network, ensuring maximum relevant visibility for your internship. Visit https://jobs.aapt.org/employers/ to get posting!
Jobs Announcements from the Career Center
Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
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Lehigh Physics Undergraduate Research Program
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