eNNOUNCER November 2020
2020 AAPT Board of Directors Election Results
Dear AAPT Members,
The AAPT membership has voted and elected the following members to serve on the AAPT Board of Directors
Vice-President: Duane Merrell
Two-Year College Representative: Krista Wood
Secretary: D. Blane Baker
Thank you to all of the candidates for their support. Congratulations to those who will take office at the 2021 Winter Meeting.
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 add an early career member to the Board of Directors. 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, for public comment, at least one month before the vote. Announcements were made to the Board at the July 2020 Board meeting. For more information on the process for Amendments to the By-Laws please see Article X of the By-Laws
This notification serves as the announcement to AAPT membership.
We invite you to review these additions to the By-Laws here and comment on this amendment. We request that all comments be received by Dec 15th. To comment please complete the form here
Davies Named as First Recipient of the Doc Brown Futures Award
AAPT has announced that the recipient of the Doc Brown Futures Award is Kenric Davies. He has the honor of being the first recipient of this new award. The Doc Brown Futures Award recognizes early-career members who demonstrate excellence in their contributions to AAPT and physics education and exhibit the potential to serve in an AAPT leadership role. The award will be presented during the 2021 Virtual Winter Meeting. Read more
2021 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT Announced
2021 AAPT Virtual Winter Meeting, January 9-12
Registration is now open for the 2021 AAPT Virtual Winter Meeting. Attend virtual sessions, plenaries, workshops and special activities designed with you in mind. Don't miss this opportunity to share your expertise and learn from and network with leaders in the field. Please click here for more information.
AAPT is offering a number of virtual workshops in association with the upcoming 2021 AAPT Virtual Winter Meeting. This is a great opportunity to gather with your colleagues and learn some new teaching techniques, while engaging in thoughtful discussion. Be sure and register early as these workshops can fill-up quickly. Click here for more information.
New Session Topics
We are looking forward to an exciting program that is relevant and timely to enrich the lives of the physics education community. To this end, we seek now to add to the program with a couple new session topics.
If you have something to add please respond to the following new call for papers and or poster presentations by November 6.
Strategies for Coping and Self-care related to Remote/Hybrid Physics Teaching (all levels)
In this session, we mean to address the on-going stress on faculty related to taking physics into unknown formats. This includes changes in the increased need for preparation, demands for additional student support and interactions, and how we understand the value of these efforts.
Things We Will Keep from Remote Experiences in Teaching Physics Labs/courses
Though the move to non-traditional formats has been challenging, as physicists we have learned much from this experience. In this session, we call for sharing of those things that have improved our ability to effectively teach and or assess our learning outcomes This may include sharing of new ways of grading, delivery of content, creative ways to provide necessary materials, unusual uses of materials for physics experiments, using mobile devices as sensors, and more. We look forward to a session rich with ideas for moving forward in these challenging times.
Please click here for instructions on how to submit an abstract.
Please click here to submit 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.
Please join us for these events!
Check the calendar 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!
AAPT One Minute Survey - November 2020
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
No matter what degree you hold or what level you are in your career, the AAPT Career Center is here to help make your job search a more manageable and fulfilling process.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for sessions on how to integrate quantum into your classroom. In November and December there are two sessions on Wave Particle Duality. Alice Flarend will be conducting the sessions and registration is on the Quantum For All Website . The price included is to help cover costs of shipping materials (polarizers, etc) so if you already have those things and don't need the shipping you can email me and we will put you on the list.
National Society of Black Physicists Conference
AAPT Members! Consider attending the National Society of Black Physicists Conference happening virtually Nov 5th - 8th! This is a great opportunity to learn about the excellent work happening at NSBP and within the NSBP community.
Founded in 1977 at Morgan State University, the mission of the National Society of Black Physicists is to promote the professional well-being of African American physicists and physics students within the international scientific community and within society at large.
The NSBP conference is the largest academic meeting of minority physicists in the United States. The goal of the conference is to provide mentorship opportunities, increase participant access to recruiters, offer networking opportunities and inform the broader physics community on best practices that will be gleaned during and after the meeting. The Conference allows students to have close interactions with professional physicists and gain exposure to high-quality scientific researchers and presentations. In addition to being a meeting that promotes the persistence of underrepresented physics students in the academic workforce pipeline, the conference hosts many high-level research talks, provides opportunities for peer-to-peer interactions and allows students the opportunity for exposure to the scientific community.
Check out: https://youtu.be/pI-1VuZ1fJg and https://www.nsbp.org/2020-conference/2020-conference-home
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!
A decision on the status of the 2021 F=ma exam will be made in November. Updates to this information will be posted on the U.S. Physics Team homepage.
A decision on the status of the 2021 PhysicsBowl contest will be made in November. Updates will be posted on the PhysicsBowl webpage.
The Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment provides grants to support special activities in the area of physics teaching. The deadline for applications to request funds is December 1.
Get the Facts Out - Facts about Teaching
Do you have students that might be interested in becoming a teacher? There are probably more than you are aware of. Research from the GFO Project and the POPA Report has shown that "nearly half of STEM majors have shown an interest in teaching". Check out the Facts About Teaching section of our webpage https://getthefactsout.org/facts-and-data for more useful information that you can share with your students when they ask you about becoming a teacher.
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.
PhysTEC Conference 2021
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!)
AAPT Member Spotlight
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Member Discounts Now Available!
AAPT Members can now take advantage of major discounts at retailers such as Hertz, Office Depot/Office Max and HotelEngine.com. You save a percentage of your bill and a portion of the proceeds helps to support AAPT as well! Be sure to check the Member Discounts Program page for details.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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
In the News
Advanced Photonics Manufacturing Problem Based Learning
The PBL Project's webinar series began on Thursday, October 8th with a webinar focused on Geometric Optics. The webinar series is hosted by the Optical Society (OSA) and is open to educators across the nation and abroad at all levels at no cost. A description the five part webinar series and dates is provided at the PBL Project's website. Please visit OSA's website to register.
Tools for Teaching Science
Tools for Teaching Science is a new reference resource for teachers packed full of tools and strategies to improve student learning. The full resource is free to download from our Resource Centre, and the videos are also available on YouTube.
We've updated our popular Black Holes resource! Explore energy, gravitation, gravitational lensing, orbits, Kepler's laws, and scientific models - all within the context of the latest discoveries. Click here for 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.
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!
Jobs Announcements from the Career Center
Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Astronomy
University of Utah, Physics & Astronomy
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
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