eNNOUNCER August 2022
After two years of virtual meetings, physics educators gathered to collaborate and share research in Grand Rapids, Michigan, birthplace of President Gerald R. Ford and home to his Presidential Museum. Attendees had an opportunity to tour the Michigan State University National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. During the meeting NASA released the first photos of space received from the JWST, celebrating the scientific collaboration of scientists around the world. Read More.
2023 AAPT Winter Meeting Update
The 2023 AAPT Winter Meeting has been scheduled for Portland, Oregon on January 14-17, 2023 at the Hilton Portland Downtown.
Call for Presentations
Presentation submissions for the 2023 AAPT Winter Meeting in Portland, Oregon will be opening soon. Please check the AAPT website for more information.
AAPT Participating in the AAAS SEA Change Professional Society Pilot
AAPT has been selected to be one of four participating organizations in the SEA Change initiative. Early in 2021, AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) accepted proposals from science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) professional societies to participate in a systemic change initiative called SEA (STEMM Equity Achievement) Change. SEA Change provided an award of $10,000 to each organization to participate in the adaptation and piloting of the SEA Change self-assessment and action planning framework. The AAPT Board of Directors has made a $10,000 match to support completing the AAPT self-assessment. Read More.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at AAPT - An Update from the DEI Task Force
Thanks to the DEI Task Force's commitment and collaboration with Brevity & Wit we are now at the point of sharing our DEI vision and results from the membership survey and focus groups and are giving you a peek into what to expect next. We led two sessions jointly with the AAPT President and CEO at SM22 designed to provide context and information and promote dialogue on our work thus far. We received valuable feedback. People who attended the session commented on how they were pleased to see more explicit language in the vision than they had expected and more progress than they realized was happening.
If you missed the two sessions at SM22, don't worry! We will be offering a webinar in mid to late August to share the same information and get additional feedback. More information about the date of the webinar and how to sign up to attend will be coming soon. A recording of the webinar will be posted on COMMUNITIES. You will also be hearing more from us in the August quarterly DEI update. We expect to share the August quarterly DEI update by mid-August.
In the meantime, feel free to reach out to Catherine Herne, David Marasco, Beth Cunningham if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to making AAPT a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.
Call to Area Committees and List Serves - AAPT COMMUNITIES
As you know, AAPT is retiring its Lyris list serves.
If you chair an Area Committee or run one of the list-serves, and are interested in creating a group on COMMUNITIES, please get in touch with us. This may be the best way to create a "friends of the committee" group going forward. Using this method, the Chair could set the default delivery option for the group to Real-Time, which would most accurately mirror the current list serve model. These groups would be open for any AAPT member to join. We would like to start with a handful of these groups as a pilot program to see how it works. If you are interested, please reach out to Mike Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For those who do not choose to create a dedicated group on COMMUNITIES, you can still use the platform to let AAPT members know about your activities by posting in the General Community. We encourage all AAPT members to visit the AAPT COMMUNITIES platform and follow the Tag for any committee that you are interested in. Likewise, we encourage Committee Chairs to use this tag when posting information relevant to your committee.
Join Us for the AAPT Virtual Coffee Hour and Remote Instruction Share-a-thon
AAPT is working to help our members communicate with one another to provide the best physics education possible. AAPT members bring questions about physics education (taken broadly) to discuss and share their experiences in a confidential setting.
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Help Support AAPT!
We are living in incredibly challenging times. AAPT has been on the forefront providing resources to help physics educators. However, we need your support to continue AAPT's programs and resources. Gifts to the AAPT Annual Fund support the everyday operations of AAPT, from inspiring excellence through educational programming to recognizing award winning physics professionals, all critical pieces in supporting the advancement of physics education. Many of these programs run year round that need your support--donate today to the Annual Fund to make a difference!
Get a New Perspective on Your Physics Career at the AAPT Career Center
With the changing of the season, there are more opportunities than ever for your next physics job. Even if you don't have much experience searching for yourself, we're here to guide you to the finest listings. By visiting the AAPT Career Center, you'll be able to search via keyword, location, sector, and more. You can also check out the Resource Center to learn more skills, find the latest industry data, and even brush up on your interviewing skills. We're dedicated to bringing you the most up-to-date jobs, so don't delay!
New Book Companion, Statistical and Thermal Physics Programs
Teaching High School Physics - Three Titles Supporting Physics Educators
The Teaching High School Physics books by Carl J. Wenning and Rebecca E. Vieyra provide a practical foundation for physics teaching, techniques for engaging students, managing learning difficulties, and tips for curriculum development and lesson planning.
These books are published by AIP Publishing in partnership with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).
Sample the first chapters for free:
- • Teaching High School Physics: The Nature of Physics Teaching
- • Teaching High School Physics: Interacting with Physics Students
- • Teaching High School Physics: Managing the Physics Classroom
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Want to Engage More with AAPT? Nominate Yourself to Become a Member of an Area Committee!
The National Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for all Area Committee. As an Area Committee member you will play a crucial role in helping your Area Committee actively work on their respective missions. All AAPT members are eligible to serve on an Area Committee.
These nominees will be considered for the WM23-WM26 Cycle (term begins at the conclusion of WM23 and ends at the conclusion of WM26). Nominations are considered on a rolling basis but priority will be given to applications submitted by August 5, 2022. Read More.
New Open Letter: "Increase Investment in Accessible Physics Labs"
The AAPT Committee on Laboratories assembled a task force whose charge was to write an open letter to the physics education community calling for increased investment in accessible lab courses. In exploring ideas and strategies for improving accessibility, the task force recognized that the development of multiple pathways for laboratory investigation creates opportunities to expand learning opportunities for more students in physics lab programs. The task force identified two types of investment, proactive and reactive investment. Strategies for increasing proactive investment are outlined for six target groups: physics lab instructors and staff, physics education researchers, physics departments, online physics content creators, physics conference planners, and member societies. The intended audiences for this document consist of undergraduate physics students, staff, and faculty, especially those who have direct stake in laboratory courses; physics departments; and member societies, including AAPT. The whitepaper is available here.
AJP and TPT seek papers and editors for issues on the physics of environment, sustainability, and climate change
The editors of the American Journal of Physics and The Physics Teacher are joining together to publish special collections on teaching the physics of the environment, sustainability, and climate change. Submissions across the range of instructional materials are encouraged: examples include demonstrations, laboratory experiments, short units, homework problems, course outlines, and curricular sequences. We hope to publish this collection of articles in late spring or early fall 2023, so to allow time for review, please submit your papers by November 30, 2022. We also seek guest editors for these issues; contact Beth Parks or Gary White ). For more information, see https://aapt.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1119/10.0010392 or https://aapt.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1119/5.0092653
Congratulations to the five members of the U.S. Physics team who participated in IPhO 2022. Special recognition also goes out to the organizers of this year's event. On the challenge of planning to host an International Physics Olympiad in just 2 months that normally takes 2 1/2 years, Dr. Lionel Philippoz, Chairman Organization Committee IPhO22 said. Read More.
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!
One of the fun opportunities during the AAPT Summer Meeting is reviewing and voting on the top 100 photos as selected by the Committee on Physics in High Schools under the direction of Tommi Holsenbeck. The votes have been tallied and the winning entries are posted. View Here. Congratulations to the winning students and their teachers.
In partnership with AAPT, AIP Publishing is delighted to offer an archive collection of timeless books. The 34 classic titles have been digitized for the first time and are now available on scitation.org. This collection brings together books originally published from 1977 - 2017, and provides easy to read resources and guidance for physics educators.
• 50 Years on Teaching Physics
• Teaching About Lightwave Communications
• Physics and 21st Century Science Standards: the role of physics in the NGSS
Browse the AAPT Book Archive and read the first chapter of all 34 books for FREE.
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.
STEP UP Lesson Plans
Have you done the STEP UP lessons this year? The Careers in Physics lesson helps your students understand "why physics?" and is a great way to start off the year. Once you've built a classroom culture around discussion practices, give Women in Physics a try to discuss representation and how we can build a more equitable field. We even have recommendations for running them remotely on our Online Community (create a free login to join!)
Undergraduate Physics Website Launched
Effective Practices for Undergraduate Physics website launched. The joint AAPT/APS EP3 Guide project's website is now available at https://ep3guide.org/. The Guide has detailed recommendations and guidelines for enhancing all aspects of undergraduate physics programs.
As the physics discipline evolves, so do the related careers. It is important to help prepare undergraduate students to meet the changing needs of the related professions in the 21st century. The APS PIPELINE project, an NSF-funded program, has just released a report on Educating Physicists for Impactful Careers (EPIC). Build curricular approaches for integrating the knowledge, skills, and mindset that will enhance your physics graduates' ability to find rewarding careers and create innovative solutions to the world's problems. Download now.
Read: Honoring Teachers as Professionals: Stories and Pathways for Growth in Your Classroom and Career
Honoring Teachers as Professionals by Alisa Grimes et al. is the latest title to be added to AIP Publishing's growing book collection. The new release provides a guide for retaining and engaging educators using classroom educational research methods.
This book is a valuable resource for administrators, researchers, teachers, and other professionals in education and is an essential guide for graduate students in education, policy advocates, and parents.
Explore the book in more detail by reading the first chapter for free.
Newly Launched! The KITP Fellows program supports a single long visit (6-8 week) at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, CA from experimentalists, observers or theorists in physics or astronomy departments at teaching-intensive U.S. colleges or universities designated as Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). All applicants must be active ladder faculty (assistant, associate or full professors) at a non-R1 MSI with an undergraduate major in physics or astronomy. Support includes: travel, accommodations and $2k/week supplement. Learn More.
PhysTEC is pleased to announce the newest inductees into the 5+ Club, a group of colleges and universities that graduated five or more high school physics teachers in the last academic year. These institutions are national leaders in addressing the severe nationwide shortage of secondary physics teachers. Learn More.
The Physics of Living Systems Teacher (PoLS-T) Network invites all who want to advance the teaching of secondary/high school level physics to join, especially high school physics teachers, physics education researchers, and decision makers in school administration and government. PoLS-T is organized by Eric Mazur at Harvard University to support high school physics teaching and teachers worldwide.
Join the PoLS-T Network: https://forms.gle/cj87TLRzJ6zcCEUL6
The Partnership for Integrating Computation in Undergraduate Physics (PICUP) is hosting a virtual workshop this summer on integrating computational activities into introductory physics courses.
The synchronous workshop meetings will take place August 2-4, and will be preceded by an asynchronous period during which participants will work through some interactive materials.
Registration is now open. Details on the program and registration can be found here: compadre.org/PICUP/events/2022VirtualWorkshop/. The registration deadline is July 19.
Please note that this workshop is intended for those who have not already introduced computation into their intro courses. And absolutely no prior programming experience is expected of participants. Thus, it is a good opportunity for you to encourage colleagues to participate who may be hesitant, skeptical, or unsure about using computation in the intro courses, or simply have never considered introducing intro students to computation via activities or assignments.
The scope of this workshop is appropriate for introductory college and high school physics courses. All college and high school physics educators are encouraged to participate.
Congratulations to Danielle Buggé for being named the 2022 PhysTEC National Teacher of the Year! Danielle teaches at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in Princeton Junction, NJ, and was nominated by PhysTEC institution Rutgers University. Each year, one national winner and several local winners are recognized for their exemplary work as high school physics educators. Teachers are nominated by PhysTEC member institutions. Get to know this year's awardees.
Join us online for engaging discussions and presentations about the future of physics education. The sudden changes to education brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and their implications for the future will be forefront. Discussions will encompass university-level and school-level physics education. Read More.
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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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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. Deadlines for nominations are June 1st and December 1st.
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.
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How to Work with External Evaluators White Paper
Have you wondered how to work effectively with an external evaluator, or budget for their work appropriately? We're pleased to announce a new white paper for the community, authored by experienced evaluators Stephanie Chasteen and Alexis Knaub, for the AAPT Professional Concerns committee. The paper is peppered with practical advice and quotes from experienced PIs and evaluators. Read More.
Get the Facts Out
Do you need help with recruiting future teachers to your teacher preparation program? Check out these resources from Get the Facts Out. Our student and faculty presentations are designed to be easy to use as virtual presentations or for webinars that you can use to promote your programs. Here's an example you can watch. Have you seen the newly redesigned "Inspire Young Minds" GFO posters? Check them out here.
Books on Geometric Optics
Now available on scitation.org and in partnership with AAPT, Teaching Geometric Optics, offers students and educators the fundamentals of geometric optics that covers the basics of light propagation, reflection and refraction. With vast applications, these books comprise 46 activities covering a range of topics and will prove an invaluable resource to teach the fundamentals.
Teaching Geometric Optics: Student Edition - Read the first chapter for free.
Teaching Geometric Optics: Teacher's Notes - Read the first chapter for free.
Alongside Teaching High School Physics, these books are dedicated to providing development and training resources for physics educators. Access books available on scitation.org.
The Textbook Physics - The First Science Freely Available
The textbook Physics - The First Science by Peter Lindenfeld ad Suzanne White Brahmia (Rutgers University Press 2011) is now freely available at firstscience.rutgers.edu , where you can also see the reviews that appeared in American Journal of Physics, The Physics Teacher, and Physics Today.
New Textbook on Wave Physics - Freely Available
Introduction to Wave Physics by Anthony Gerig is a textbook designed for a single semester, intermediate level course on waves. It initially focuses on one-dimensional waves to introduce major concepts, and then extends each of those concepts to three dimensions for rectangular, spherical and cylindrical coordinates. Both scalar and vector waves are addressed, using acoustic waves as the primary example of the former and electromagnetic waves as the primary example of the latter. Topics covered include interference, reflection and transmission, cavities and waveguides, radiation, diffraction, and scattering. The book can be freely downloaded at ResearchGate or the book website.
In the News
The career micro video and article "When (and when not) to volunteer" by Lisa Balbes is now available
Taking on additional responsibilities can yield professional benefits, but it's important to select opportunities carefully to avoid burnout. Watch this 10-minute video and read the article to learn more. Written & presented by Lisa M. Balbes Micro video link Article link
Medical physics website available as resource for physics educators
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), an affiliated organization with AAPT, just completed a large-scale effort to launch a public education website. Medical physics is a field that uses concepts in physics to address questions in medicine. Medical physicists work in research, education, and clinical capacities in medical imaging, radiation therapy, and health physics. Physics students who want to learn how an MRI scanner works, read about how radiation affects cells, or just want to learn about a career in applied physics will enjoy this website, which includes an active "Ask the Expert" platform. https://www.medicalradiationinfo.org/.
The American Modeling Teachers Association
The American Modeling Teachers Association has been transforming STEM education since 2005. AMTA teaches an instructional strategy, Modeling Instruction, which builds conceptual understanding, improves classroom discourse and engages students in the learning process. AMTA will soon announce our slate of virtual and face-to-face courses for 2022! Hosts are also beginning to schedule Modeling Workshops in different regions across the country. Details will be updated and registration will be open soon. You can see a full list with details as they become available at modelinginstruction.org/professional-development.
The Knowles Teaching Fellowship provides financial support, mentoring and coaching, and community membership for pre-service and first-year math and science teachers. Applications for next year's cohort are now open; submit a referral for a student you know today!
Undergraduate and Graduate STEM Students' Experiences during COVID-19
Undergraduate and Graduate STEM Students' Experiences during COVID-19: Proceedings of a Virtual Workshop Series was released on March 23, 2021 by the Board on Science Education and the Board on Higher Education and Workforce. It begins to document the changes and responses of institutions of higher education to the pandemic and discusses the impact on students. The workshop series highlights ideas that can assist institutions to better serve all students. 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.
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.
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!
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