eNNOUNCER December 2021
Notification to Members Concerning Amendments to AAPT By-Laws
Dear AAPT Members, The AAPT Board of Directors will be voting on By-Law amendments to make the Past President of AAPT an officer of the organization. In order to amend the By-Laws, the proposed changes need to be announced to the Board four months before the vote and need to be announced to membership, at least one month before the vote. Announcements were made to the Board at the July 2021 Board meeting. For more information on the process for Amendments to the By-Laws, please see Article X of the By-Laws here. If the By-Laws are amended, in Section IV.2 pertaining to Number of Directors, Past President will be added in the list of officers. Moreover, in Section VIII.1 of the By-Laws pertaining to General Provisions, Past President will be added as an officer. Also, in Section VIII.3 pertaining to Powers and Duties of Officers, Past President will be added as follows "The Past President shall have duties determined by the Board."
Exact details about the changes to the By-Laws can be found here:https://docs.google.com/document/d/
This notification serves as the announcement to AAPT membership.
We invite you to comment on this amendment. We request that all comments be received by Dec 15th. To comment please complete the form here.
2022 AAPT Winter Meeting
The 2022 AAPT Winter Meeting will be held virtually January 6-8. However, presentations will be live and not pre-recorded as previous AAPT virtual meetings.
This meeting is a great opportunity to explore sessions and workshops designed with your professional development in mind. Present your research and exchange ideas on the latest in teaching and pedagogy. Participate in a wide range of events, activities, plenaries, and so much more, connecting you with peers and colleagues who share your commitment to excellence in physics education. Please note that poster presentations will be handled like contributed talks, therefore presenters will be given 8 minute talks with 2 minutes for Q&A.
The early bird registration deadline is December 9, 2021. Please click here for more information.
Registration and dependent care grants are available for those that may need assistance. Please click here for more information.
AAPT is offering a number of workshops associated with the winter meeting during the month of January. Please click here for details.
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
Lillian McDermott Medal
We had earlier notified you that during the Spring AAPT Board of Directors' (BOD) meeting, the AAPT Board voted unanimously to remove Robert A. Millikan's name from the award that recognizes "those who have made notable and intellectually creative contributions to the teaching of physics." This decision follows the recent decision by Cal Tech to remove Millikan's name from buildings based on his participation in the eugenics movement through affiliation with the Human Betterment Foundation, an organization which supported eugenic sterilization research. The BOD then sought nominations from AAPT members for renaming the award. Based upon nominations from members, at the Summer AAPT BOD meeting, the BOD unanimously approved renaming the award to Lillian McDermott Medal with the citation "Lillian McDermott Medal recognizes those who are passionate and tenacious about improving the teaching and learning of physics and have made intellectually creative contributions in this area". We anticipate that the first Lillian McDermott Medal will be awarded at the Summer 2022 AAPT Meeting. For more information and to nominate someone click here.
2021 AAPT Board of Directors Election Results
The AAPT membership has voted and elected the following members to serve on the AAPT Board of Directors:
Vice-President: Kelli L. Warble
Four-Year College Representative: Mario Belloni
Treasurer: Thomas L. O'Kuma
Thank you to all of the candidates for their support. Congratulations to those who will take office at the 2022 Winter Meeting.
Tengiz Bibilashvili of UCSB Selected as the U.S. Physics Team Academic Director
Tengiz Bibilashvili has been selected to serve as the Academic Director of the U.S. Physics Team. He will begin immediately working with the coaches to prepare the F=MA Exam to be administered in 2022. Read more
2022 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT Announced
AAPT has announced that Dimitri Dounas-Frazer , Steven Henning, David McCachren, and Arlisa Richrdson will receive the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during the 2022 Virtual Winter Meeting
AAPT Announces Winter 2022 AAPT Fellow
The 2022 AAPT Fellows Awardee has been announced that the 2022 Winter Fellow is Bree Barnett Dreyfuss, Pleasanton, CA. The criterion for selection of Fellows is exceptional contribution to AAPT's mission, to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers. Read more
COMMUNITIES - Question of the Month
What is your favorite video of a demo, or a video that you use to spark inquiry? What makes it your favorite? Visit AAPT COMMUNITIES and share your answer!
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 (email@example.com).
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.
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.
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!
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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
Browse all education titles.
Want to Engage More with AAPT? Nominate Yourself to Become a Member of an Area Committee!
AAPT needs the support of members like you. We are looking for members interested in engaging in AAPT and sharing their interests and expertise to help other physics educators. Consider nominating yourself for a position on an Area Committee. The Area Commitee Nomination Form also includes information about the appointment duration, expectations, benefits, risks, and selection process. If you have any questions about Area Committees, expectations of committee members, or the nomination process, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee:
Debbie Andres: email@example.com
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Learn Quantum Information Science
Break down the content silos and embrace STEM! What do the following have in common: chemistry, physics, astronomy, computer science, technology, engineering, and math? The common denominator is quantum information science (QIS) and it is the basis for everything around us including lasers, medical equipment, and cell phones. A NSF grant is funding opportunities for STEM HS teachers to learn about QIS so they can prepare students for the future by adding a little quantum to your current curriculum. Tweaking current topics will increase student interest and keep you "in the know". We are in the 2nd quantum revolution, so if you missed the first one, don't miss it again! For more information go to https://quantumforall.org/quantum-opportunities/ and apply to be a part of this unique opportunity. Enrollment is limited due to funding limitations.
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!
Registration for the 2022 F=ma exam is now open. Registration information is posted on the U.S. Physics Team homepage.
Registration for the 2022 PhysicsBowl contest will open mid December. Updates will be posted on the PhysicsBowl webpage.
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.
Are you a teacher looking to invite a physicist to your classroom to talk about physics, other science topics, or career paths? Make sure to sign up for the Physicists To-Go Program to pair with a physicist in 2022! The aim of this program is to increase science literacy and inspire our children to develop a passion for science. This program is open to elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. Learn more
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
The APS Annual Leadership Meeting seeks to bring to the forefront the ways that we as a physics community can advance and diffuse the knowledge of and excitement in physics and ensure that all who want to practice physics find a welcoming and supportive environment. The meeting will take place virtually and in Washington, DC on January 27, There will be no cost to register. View the agenda.
Registration will open on December 3 for the nation's largest meeting dedicated to the education of future physics teachers-featuring workshops on best practices opportunities to problem-solve and network for physics teacher educators. The conference will be online from March 4-5. Registration deadline: February 18. Learn more
The American Physical Society (APS) Innovation Fund is supporting the development of an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) Fellows program to develop a workshop, facilitated by trained physics Fellows, to support physics educators who want to do EDI work in their classrooms, but are hesitant because they lack preparation to do so. The Fellows program is seeking applications from post-secondary physics faculty in any subfield who desire to be trained as EDI Fellows that will be a resource to other physics educators. Fellows receive a modest stipend and will be compensated for travel. More information about the program and Fellow qualifications are available on the APS EDI Fellows website The application deadline is December 17, 2021.
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What Do You Want Your Legacy to Be?
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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
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.
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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. 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.
OSTP/NSF Working Group on Quantum Information Education
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.
NOW AVAILABLE: New 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 Phusics - 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 AJP, The Physics Teacher, and Physics Today
In the News
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.
Arizona State University Master of Natural Science Degree for High School Teachers
Arizona State University has an interdisciplinary Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree in physics for high school and TYC teachers. Courses are in summer, and the degree is founded on Modeling Instruction. Teachers in 15 western states can apply for 150% of resident graduate tuition; the deadline is APRIL 1.
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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!
Jobs Announcements from the Career Center
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