eNNOUNCER August 2023
Summer Meeting 2023 Highlights
One of the most historic cities in California, Sacramento boasts an impressive array of landmarks, parks, amenities and other points of interest. The city welcomed physics educators as AAPT gathered to collaborate and share research. Read more
2023 AAPT Board of Directors Election
The election of officers for the AAPT Board of Directors will begin in September. All members are eligible to vote. Current members with a paid through date greater than or equal to 7/31/2023 will receive instructions in mid-September through email or, if no email is on file, through the mail to help you vote electronically. Be sure your email address and membership are current so you can participate. Click here to learn more about the candidates.
2023 Apparatus Competition Winners
Apparatus Competition winners were announced at the 2023 Summer Meeting in Sacramento, California
1st Place Prize + Low Cost. Ray Walsh, College of Western Idaho
2nd Place Prize, Avery Yang
Third Place Prize, Nancy Donaldson, Rockhurst University
J. Reid Mumford, Johns Hopkins University
Paul Nord, Valparaiso University
Said Shakerin, University of the Pacific
Sean Albiston, University of Minnesota
New Anonymous Reporting Tool!
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2024 AAPT Winter Meeting
Save the date for the 2024 AAPT Winter Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana January 6 - 9. Presentation submissions will be opening soon.
SCOTUS Ruling on Race-based Affirmative Action
Read AAPT's statement in response to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling regarding race-based affirmative action in higher education.
AJP has a New Book Review Editor
Craig Bohren is stepping down as book review editor, a position in which he has served admirably since 2012. Readers often tell me that book reviews are one of their favorite sections. Craig has worked with publishers to select books for review, recruited reviewers, and guided them towards writing the sort of personal and insightful review that we all have enjoyed reading for the past ten years.
Happily, Sathya Guruswamy of the University of California, Santa Barbara, is willing to take on this important task of editing book reviews. If there is a book that you think should be reviewed, or that you are interested in reviewing, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can also let her know your areas of interest, and if she needs a review in that area in the future, she'll contact you.
Seeking Candidates for the AAPT Director of Higher Education Programs and Grants
AAPT is seeking candidates for the Director of Higher Education Programs and Grants. Click here to learn more about this position and apply today. The review of applications will start on August 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.
Support AAPT and Join the 1930 Society!
Your support goes above and beyond member dues, and we are so grateful to members like you who are investing in the future of physics education. That's why we decided to launch the 1930 Society. This special group of supporters, named after our founding year, honors contributions of $500 or more every year to our association so we can better serve physics educators and the physics education community.
Would you like to get involved with the 1930 Society? Donate today!
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at AAPT - An Update from the DEI Task Force
The AAPT vision, value proposition, guiding principles, and road map can be found on the AAPT website. See this. A new DEI governance structure, the DEI Council, that will serve the needs of our members and the community of physics educators was approved by the Board during a meeting at WM23. More information will be forthcoming about the DEI Council. We thank members of the DEI Task Force for their valuable contributions over the past two years!
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.
Catherine Herne, DEI Task Force Co-Chair, email@example.com
David Marasco, DEI Task Force Co-Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Cunningham, AAPT CEO, email@example.com
Call to Area Committees and List Serves - AAPT COMMUNITIES
If you chair an Area Committee 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.
Please join us for these events!
Check here for next Virtual Coffee Hour. Check your in-box for an invitation. Please make sure you RSVP (email@example.com) to the event. Everyone who RSVPs will be sent log-in instructions a few hours prior to the call. We hope you can join us!
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!
Find a New Job This Year
The AAPT Career Center is here to help make your job hunting easier! With our powerful search tools, you'll be able to narrow things down by education level, sector, and experience, to find exactly what you're looking for. We work directly with academic institutions searching for the finest talent to fill the latest teaching posts, including positions like lecturer, instructor, and full professor. Browse our full list of jobs today.
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.
Nominees will be considered for the WM24-WM27 Cycle (term begins at the conclusion of WM24 and ends at the conclusion of WM27). Nominations are considered on a rolling basis but priority will be given to applications submitted by August 4, 2023. Read More or go directly to the nomination form
CRC Handbook Needs Physics Teachers!
The CRC Handbook is looking for a physics teacher (high school or undergraduate) to help review physics topics in the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. If interested, please contact Dr. John Rumble - Editor-in-Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking Candidate for One Part-Time Position at AAPT
Are you interested in a part-time position identifying fundraising opportunities and developing donor relationships? If so, you may be interested in the Development Manager position.
Click here to learn more about this position and apply today! Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until each position is filled.
Organization for Physics at Two-Year Colleges
OPTYCs (The Organization for Physics at Two-Year Colleges) is busy planning for future events and programs. To get the latest news, please check our website: https://optycs.aapt.org. This summer we plan to offer 2 virtual workshops: one on solar observing, and one on sustaining student clubs. As always, our events are free of charge, and open to everyone! We hope to see you soon!
U.S. Physics Team Members Win Four Gold Medals and One Silver Medal in the 2023 International Physics Olympiad
Congratulations to the five members of the U.S. Physics team who participated in IPhO 2023. 53rd International Physics Olympiad held July 10–17 at National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, where student scholars from 90 nations tested their knowledge in physics, competing with the world's best. Read more
The 2023 High School Physics Photo Contest Top 100 entries were displayed and judged during the 2023 Summer Meeting in Sacramento, CA. To view the winners click here.
Contest results are now available on the PhysicsBowl webpage.
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!
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
In addition to the workshop being held in Sacramento on July 16th, The American Physical Society (APS) Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) Fellows Program will be holding one more workshop at Kenyon College (Gambier, OH) on September 16th. We still have space available in both pilot workshops! These workshops are designed to support physics educators who desire to address classroom EDI issues in a timely way but are hesitant because they lack preparation to do so. By holding these pilot workshops, we hope to receive formative feedback to refine the workshop before we offer the workshop to the broader physics community after the completion of our Innovation Fund Award. If you are interested in attending any of these upcoming workshops, please visit our website to sign-up for our newsletter and receive periodic program updates. You may also contact email@example.com to express your interest in participating in the workshop. Space is limited, but we still have slots available.
It's easy to get so caught up in day-to-day professional responsibilities that you end up working in a bubble. Yet if your goal is to expand your career opportunities, engaging in the larger physical sciences community is an important step. For students and early-career scientists especially, joining a professional society can help build interpersonal networks and open up avenues for career advancement. Watch the video to learn more!
EdReports is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower educators with independent, credible, evidence-rich information about instructional materials to ensure students have what they need to be college and career-ready. They are now accepting applications for reviewers for reviews of K-12 science instructional materials. Apply now to engage in deep professional learning on the Next Generation Science Standards with a national network of skilled educators. Learn more about EdReports here and apply to become a reviewer here.
Help advance undergraduate physics. Nominate yourself or others to serve on the Effective Programs for Undergraduate Physics (EP3) Editorial Board.
The EP3 Editorial Board is seeking nominations for two open seats serving a 4-year term starting January 1, 2024.
The American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) established the EP3 Editorial Board (sometimes referred to as the EP3 Board) to review and update the Effective Practices for Physics Programs (EP3) Guide.
• Nominees must submit a brief statement regarding their experience with the Guide (e.g., use of the Guide, development of the Guide, participation in EP3 activities) and interest in serving on the EP3 Board.
The nomination deadline is Monday, August 14, 2023. Click here to apply.
AAPT Member Spotlight
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New AAPT On Demand Store
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Delivery Options for Print Journals
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Member Discounts Now Available!
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Spring is a great opportunity to declutter and organize your space. It is also the perfect time to restock your work or home essentials. By taking inventory of what you have and what you need, you can ensure that you're prepared for the busy spring and summer months ahead. Use your AAPT savings and get deals on top must-haves without overspending.
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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.
AAPT Member Benefit: Up to 25 Free Downloads of AIP Journals Every Year
AAPT has partnered with AIP Publishing on a valuable member benefit. AAPT members now have access to 25 free article downloads every year from any of the AIP Publishing journals
This is an exclusive AAPT member benefit. Access any one of the journals in this list, now by clicking the 'SIGN IN' link in the right hand corner, and logging in with your Scitation username and password. Access the full text of an article from the journal by going to the article page and clicking either the "PDF" download or the "FULL TEXT" menu buttons. You will then be given an option to use one of your AAPT member credits to access the article. If you do not have a Scitation username and password e-mail Scitation and let them know.
Articles you download will be saved in your Scitation profile. AAPT members receive 25 free downloads each year as long as their membership remains in good standing.
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. 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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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.
Barbara Wolff-Reichert Travel Grants
AAPT announces the Barbara Wolff-Reichert Travel Grant. This endowment fund was established in 2023, by Jonathan F. Reichert to honor Barbara Wolff-Reichert and to encourage both new and experienced high school teachers, who have never done so, to attend and participate in national meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Read more
The Journal of High School Discovery is a new outlet for young researchers to share their work. We are the only journal created and run by high school students to publish the work of other high school students. This is a project we started out of a strong passion for science and a desire to show the world the passion of other like minded students.
We are looking for physics teachers to help curate our articles. As a curator, you would assist us by reviewing submissions for accuracy and scientific value, shaping the future of the journal. In addition, we ask for your help in connecting us with passionate students who may be interested in publishing their work.
We ask that interested teachers and students check us out at hsdjournal.com or contact us at email@example.com.
Are you code curious? In partnership with AAPT, this summer Prof. Chris Orban will be leading a beginner and intermediate level online course for high school physics and physical science teachers on how to integrate computer science into these subjects in a way that strongly aligns with traditional physics learning goals. Back in 2017, Chris and others started the STEMcoding Project and began creating activities on the physics of video games. Participants have the option to purchase grad credit. Click here for more information.
The American Modeling Teachers Association
The American Modeling Teachers Association has been transforming STEM education since 2005. AMTA provides professional development on an instructional strategy called, 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 2023! 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/pd.
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.
Congratulations to Joe Cossette for being named the 2023 PhysTEC National Teacher of the Year! Joe teaches at Minnetonka High School and was nominated by PhysTEC institution University of Minnesota. 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
In the News
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 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!
Find Resources for Teaching Physics for Life Sciences Students on the Living Physics Portal
The Living Physics Portal is an online environment for physics educators to find, share, and discuss free teaching materials for 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. The Portal is available for free to all verified educators.
Features available on the Portal are:
• Anyone can view and download over 200 resources in our Vetted Library.
• Registered users can also view and download over 100 resources in our Community Library, along with answer keys and other instructor supplements, and join discussions about resources.
• Registered users can contribute curricular resources and instructor resources to our Community Library and Vetted Library, including adaptations of others' resources, and join our discussions. We accept all kinds of resources at all grain sizes, from a single activity to materials for a whole course. We encourage you to start by submitting a small activity to our Community Library. Once you get the hang of that, we invite you to contribute your polished materials to our Vetted Library to be reviewed by our editors.
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!
Jobs Announcements from the Career Center
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Visiting Assistant Professors and Assistant Professors of Physics
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