eNNOUNCER February 2021
Jan Landis Mader Steps into Role of AAPT President
At the close of the 2021 Virtual Winter Meeting the presidential gavel was presented to Jan Landis Mader. She will serve as President of the American Association of Physics Teachers for the coming year. Mader, physics instructor at Great Falls High School, Great Falls, Montana, has previously served on the AAPT Board of Directors as President-elect and Vice President.
One of Mader’s goals will be to continue the support of the AAPT/PTRA Program, the K – 12 resources, E Mentoring, the Summer Physics Camp, the YouTube Channel, Compadre/Physics Front, grants for workshops through sections and alliances with other educational providers. Read more
Shirley Jackson to Receive AAPT 2021 Oersted Medal
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson has been named as the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Oersted Medal, presented by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The Medal will be awarded at a Ceremonial Session of the 2021 AAPT Summer Meeting. The Oersted Medal recognizes her outstanding, widespread, and lasting impact on the teaching of physics through her pioneering national leadership in physics education, her exceptional service to AAPT, and her mentoring of students and in-service teachers.
Dr. Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is a theoretical physicist. She has had a distinguished career that includes senior leadership positions in academia, government, industry, and research. She holds an S.B. in Physics, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics — both from MIT. She is the first African American woman to receive a doctorate from MIT — in any field — and has been a trailblazer throughout her career, including as the first African-American woman to lead a top-ranked research university. Read more
Statement on Violence in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021
AAPT has posted a statement on the violence in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Read more
2021 AAPT Summer Meeting, July 31 - August 4
Currently SM21 is scheduled in Washington, DC July 31 to August 4. However, AAPT is monitoring the COVID 19 situation and will make a decision soon if this meeting will be virtual or held in person.
SM21 Abstract Submissions
AAPT will begin accepting abstracts for speaking and poster engagements at the 2021 AAPT Summer Meeting. The priority deadline is March 3. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to present your research and share your teaching methods with other physics educators from around the globe. Click here to submit an abstract.
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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AAPT One Minute Survey - February 2021
Please take a minute to complete this survey on online learning. Click here to take the survey. Last month's survey results.
Help Support AAPT!
We are living in incredibly challenging times right now. Many physics educators have been impacted and had to change their classes mid-spring from in-person to remote learning. AAPT has been on the forefront providing resources to help with this transition. 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!
AAPT Career Center
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New Book Companion, Statistical and Thermal Physics Programs
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.
Partnering with AIP Publishing to Empower Physics Educators
AIP Publishing and AAPT have partnered to publish books that are dedicated to providing development and training resources for physics educators. Four titles have published on scitation.org and free chapters are now available to sample.
Discover the Teaching High School Physics books:
- The Nature of Physics Teaching
- Interacting with Physics Students
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F=ma Contests: 2011-2019 Solutions Manual
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Teaching Geometric Optics: Student Edition
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Want to engage more with AAPT? Nominate yourself to become a member of an Area Committee!
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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!
2021 F=ma Contest
The F=ma exam for 2021 will be online at one time only, offered on February 18, 2021 at 4 pm EST. Whether your students are physically and/or virtually attending school, we are conducting the exam online for greater ease and convenience.
Registration has closed, and exam results should be available by mid March. Additional information can be found on the U.S. Physics Team homepage.
2021 AAPT PhysicsBowl Contest
The 2021 PhysicsBowl contest will be held March 24 - April 9, 2021. Due to the uncertainty of in person classes in 2021, we have decided to offer the PhysicsBowl exam in the online format with WebAssign only. Registration will open soon, updates will be posted on the PhysicsBowl webpage.
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.
Save the Date
The Partnership for Integrating Computation in Undergraduate Physics Online Capstone Conference will take place August 11-13, 2021. Please check the gopicup.org web site for further details. Learn more.
2021 PhysTEC Conference
March 5-6, 2021
The PhysTEC Conference is the nation's largest meeting dedicated to the education of future physics teachers. It features workshops on best practices, panel discussions by national leaders, and networking opportunities for physics teacher educators. This virtual conference will take place March 5-6. Learn more.
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!)
Thriving Physics Departments Session at Annual Leadership Meeting
Register (for free!) for the Annual Leadership Meeting and hear perspectives from faculty and administrative leaders on how physics departments can take a proactive stance to adapt, grow, and thrive under the new economics and changing demographics of higher education in the wake of COVID-19. The session will be held on February 4, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET. ALM will also feature talks from prominent science leaders, including APS CEO Jonathan Bagger, 2021 APS President Jim Gates, Kip Thorne, Brian Greene, Alan Alda, and more! Register now
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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
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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.
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
The OSTP/NSF working group on Quantum Information Education finished its report and there was a NSF press release. Read more. Also click here for full report.
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.
Science Education Editor contract opportunity
For an NSF-funded program to improve the STEM education of future elementary teachers, VisionLearning wants to hire science educators as contractors to serve as editors to manage the development of modules in the physical sciences, the earth sciences and the life sciences. Further details about the positions can be found here Compensation is $1000 per module. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. The application deadline is February 5, 2021.
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.
In the News
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.
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.
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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