eNNOUNCER February 2023
2022 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: Gabriel C. Spalding
High School Representative: Marianna Ruggerio
Secretary: D. Blane Baker
Thank you to all of the candidates for their support. Congratulations to those who will take office at the 2023 Winter Meeting.
Duane B. Merrell Becomes President of AAPT
As the Winter 2023 Winter Meeting came to a close the presidential gavel was presented to Duane Merrell. He will serve as President of the American Association of Physics Teachers for the coming year. Merrell, Associate Teaching Professor, Physics and Astronomy at Brigham Young University (BYU) has been a member of AAPT since 1989 and has served in several positions, including as a Physics Teachers Resouce Agent (PTRA). With more than 20 years of teaching experience in public schools, he was hired by BYU to prepare secondary physical science teachers. Read more
2023 Winter Meeting Highlights
AAPT returned to beautiful downtown Portland, Oregon for the first Winter Meeting since the COVID Pandemic limited in-person gatherings. The headquarters hotels for the 2023 Winter Meeting were the Hilton Portland Downtown and The Duniway Portland a Hilton hotel. Portland Community College and Vernier Science Education hosted workshops on Saturday and Sunday with selections ranging from “Fun, Engaging, Effective, Research-Validated Lab Activities and Demos for Introductory University, College and High School Physics (including Virtual Learning Options), Neutrino Physics Masterclasses” to “PICUP: Integrating Computation in Introductory Physics Courses.” Read more
2023 AAPT Summer Meeting
Save the date for the 2023 AAPT Summer Meeting in Sacramento, California July 15-19. An invitation regarding the opportunity to submit a talk, poster or interactive activity will be coming to your inbox soon.
PTRA Summer Institute
The institute will be different in time, place, and focus in the summer of 2023. We are going to change the time and place of the PTRA Leadership Institute to coincide with another conference where there are already teachers attending. More details to follow, but for now please note the change:
2023 PTRA Summer Leadership Institute in Arlington, TX,
Friday, June 23 (afternoon) - Sunday, June 25.
Note: There will NOT be a PTRA leadership meeting before or after the AAPT meeting.
Put it on your calendar, it will be fun.
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!
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
We have had a very productive 2022! The AAPT vision, value proposition, guiding principles, and roadmap have been approved by the Board of Directors in early November and are now 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 their recent 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.
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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.
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 for the New Year
If your New Year's resolution includes finding a new job teaching physics, the AAPT Career Center is here to help make that happen! 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.
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.
The American Journal of Physics is looking for a book review editor
The American Journal of Physics is looking for a book review editor. The book review editor is responsible for selecting books, recruiting volunteer reviewers, and editing the completed reviews. The editor will aim for 6 - 12 book reviews per year. Editors normally have a PhD in physics and hold positions as university faculty, but other qualifications may be considered. The position is compensated with a small stipend. Applications are particularly encouraged from physicists who are members of groups that are under-represented in physics. For more information, please contact AJP editor Beth Parks.
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 Candidates for Two Part-Time Positions 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.
Are you interested in helping construct the AAPT national meetings? If so, you may be interested in the part-time Assistant Program Chair position.
Click here to learn more about these positions and apply today! Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until each position is filled.
- Physics Department Chairs Conference
The next Physics Department Chairs Conference will be held June 12-14, 2023 in the Washington, DC area. More details will be available later.
Early Career Physics and Astronomy Faculty Teaching Institute (formerly known as the Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop) June 26-29, 2023.
Early career physics and astronomy faculty at four-year colleges and universities are encouraged to register for the NSF-supported June 26-29, 2023 Physics and Astronomy Faculty Teaching Institute - a 3.5 day workshop to be held in Washington, DC. The Institute, organized by the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society, and the American Astronomical Society, focuses on developing effective teaching/learning skills as part of overall professional and personal development. Click here for further information and the registration form.
Registration for the 2023 F=ma exam is now closed. Registration information is posted on the U.S. Physics Team homepage.
Registration for the 2023 PhysicsBowl contest opened mid December. Updates will be posted 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!
AAPT is pleased to announce that Shawn Reeves is the new High School Photo Contest Director. Shawn is a long term AAPT member and has served on a number of AAPT committees. Shawn is currently the Recording Secretary of the New England Section of AAPT. Shawn was a teacher at the Coaltion School for Social Change in New York City, is involved with a non-profit for teachers interested in energy production and use in Massechusetts, and teaches at Babson College. Shawn brings with him an enthusiasm for teaching and learning, previous experience organizing a non-competitive, merit-based challenge, and experience working with a previous director of the Photo Contest. We look forward to working with Shawn this year!
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 American Physical Society (APS) Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) Fellows Program is reaching the end of its first year. The Fellows, working with the leadership team, have developed a workshop 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. We are now at the point in the grant where we will run multiple pilot workshops for targeted APS and AAPT volunteer groups for the purpose of receiving formative feedback. Our goal is to refine the workshop before we offer the workshop to the broader physics community after the completion of our Innovation Fund Award. If you would like to stay in the loop and hear about future opportunities to get involved with the program, please visit our website to sign-up for periodic newsletters.
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.
On 3rd -7th July 2023 the GIREP_EPEC Conference will be held in collaboration with the Faculty of Science, UPJS, Košice, Slovakia on site at the Faculty of Science and online. The theme of the conference is "Physics learning for promoting culture and addressing societal issues". To the GIREP-EPEC 2023 Conference page, Košice, Slovakia (3-7 July 2023): Home page all the details are presented. I ask you to help in spreading the information, to send to the Conference a poster with the information you want to be disseminated and to honor GIREP participating in the opening ceremony in the form you deem most appropriate: in presence, online or with a message.
GIREP is paying more and more attention to a policy that brings quality research into its initiatives and at the same time favors the participation of teachers with research-based contributions. In this context it promotes the SARA BARBIERI Award for a work done by a teacher. On the page of the GIREP GIREP AWARDS-GIREP is published the call concerning a research activity conducted in a school class for at least 12 hours during the last 2 years. I take this opportunity to remind you that the Deadline for the submission is February 28. The evaluation period is March by a Commission of experts by means of a Rubric prepared by GIREP Board and decision will be announced on April 15 in order to invite those who win the prize of € 1000.00 to the GIREP_EPEC Congress in July 2023. The contact person for GIREP is my colleague Marco Giliberti of the University of Milan, who is available for clarification firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for the nation's largest meeting dedicated to the education of future physics teachers–featuring workshops on programmatic best practices and departmental problem-solving, discussions on current issues relevant to the physics teacher educator community, and networking opportunities. The conference will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 3-4. Registration ends on February 17. Learn more
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 starting in April 2023. 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.
The AAPT team of the NASA Heliophysics Education Activation Team (HEAT) will be offering a series of short 1.5-hour workshops one Saturday each month from February through June 2023. These workshops are directed to all physics teachers (middle school, high school, two-year college, and university), and will focus on lesson ideas and digital resource packages (AAPT Digi Kits) that help teach physics topics in an astronomy context. Register for one or more sessions, and learn more HERE.
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AAPT Member Benefit: Up to 25 Free Downloads of AIP Journals Every Year
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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.
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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.
In the News
Beamline for Schools Competition
BL4S is a physics competition that invites teams of high-school students from all around the world to conceive an experiment that can be performed at the test beam facility of a particle accelerator. In 2023,the winners will be three, two teams will perform their experiments at CERN and one at DESY. There will be additional prizes for a selection of teams (up to 30). All the perspective participants who register will have the possibility to follow on-line events and virtual visits of CERN and DESY in preparation for the submission of their proposal. All the information can be found in the official invitation . The deadline to send a proposal is fixed to April 12, 2023.
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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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 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.
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!
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.
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
Visiting Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Physics
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