eNNOUNCER September 2021
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 are in the process of updating this information on the AAPT awards website. We anticipate that the first Lillian McDermott Medal will be awarded at the Summer 2022 AAPT Meeting.
2021 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 7/31/2021 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.
The AAPT Lyris Listserv to be Sunset
Starting October 1, the Lyris listserv will be read-only. Access to past posts will be available until December 31, after which the service will be terminated. Contact your mail list administrator (or committee chair) about details for communicating after October 1.
AAPT Author Series
We are pleased to introduce the AAPT Author Series, a monthly online event that gives our members the opportunity to meet authors of AAPT journal articles, as well as AAPT books. Hosted on the AAPT COMMUNITIES platform, these events allow our authors to engage directly with the physics education community, to take a deeper dive into their writing and research, participate in Q&A, and more.
Please join us for the first two installments of the Author Series!
Tuesday, September 14, 7:00 PM Eastern
Authors: Livvy Eickerman and Moses Rifkin
Discussion of The Elephant in the (Physics Class)Room: Discussing Gender Inequality in Our Class
The Physics Teacher 58, 301 (2020)
Moderator: Gary White, Editor, The Physics Teacher
Event Link: https://aapt.tradewing.com/event/BwFcdR4bqmMEuH9x2
Tuesday, October 5, 7:00 PM Eastern
Author: Eugene Hecht
Discussion of The true story of Newtonian gravity
American Journal of Physics 89, 683 (2021)
Moderator: Beth Parks, Editor, American Journal of Physics
Event Link: https://aapt.tradewing.com/event/tdCeFkGBwjz5GzNtC
2022 AAPT Winter Meeting
It's not too early to start thinking about the upcoming AAPT Winter meeting. 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.
Abstract submissions are now being accepted. Present and discuss your most recent innovations, practical challenges, and solutions, and get feedback from your peers and professional leaders in the field to help improve your research. Click here to submit.
AAPT is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. A decision has not been made on whether the 2022 AAPT Winter Meeting will be virtual or face-to-face in New Orleans, LA.
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.
Apply to be the next U.S. Physics Team Academic Director!
AAPT seeks applications for the position of U.S. Physics Team Academic Director or co-Director. We are seeking someone who will lead or co-lead the preparation of 20 to 24 gifted U.S. high school students for the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO). The director or co-director has the opportunity to lead a program with a remarkable history, as well as adapt the program in response to national imperatives for fostering physics talent, particularly within historically underrepresented populations. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Click here for more information.
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!
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!
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
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.
Explore Educator Resources from AIP Publishing
Published in partnership with AAPT, AIP Publishing's education titles provide a new approach to professional development and training for physics educators.
Featured titles include:
- • Honoring Teachers as Professionals: Stories and Pathways for Growth in Your Classroom and Career
- • Teaching High School Physics: The Nature of Physics Teaching
- • Teaching About Geometric Optics: Teacher's Notes
Browse our education titles and read the first chapters for free.
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:
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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!
The 2021 International Physics Olympiad came to a close on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The virtual event focused on the theme, Share the Light, noted that "by sharing the light through our actions one human can change the world every day." The extraordinary effort to participate during a global pandemic and the light shared through kindness, smiles, and working together as a worldwide group has made the earth a better place. Nearly 400 of the world's brightest high school students from 76 countries participated in the virtual event.
The U.S. Physics team took home five gold medals at the 51st International Physics Olympiad hosted in Vilnius, Lithuania from July 17-24, 2021. Read more.
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.
PhysTEC Teacher of the Year Announced
Congratulations to David Wirth for being named the 2021 PhysTEC National Teacher of the Year! David teaches at Millennium High School in Goodyear, Arizona, and was nominated by PhysTEC institution Arizona State University. 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.
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.
The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) is celebrating enabling 110 years of citizen astronomy! The celebration will kick off at the AAVSO Annual Meeting in November, and will be continuing through September 2022. Teachers and students are invited to submit abstracts describing the results of their research to be considered for in-person or virtual talks or posters at the Annual Meeting and Spectroscopy Workshop, which will occur from Nov 3 - 7 in Boston. See here for more information regarding in-person and online participation in the meeting.
ETOP is a biennial international conference that brings together leading optics and photonics educators and researchers from all levels and orientations to discuss, demonstrate, and learn about new developments and approaches to teaching in these fields.
We welcome your participation in the Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (ETOP) conference this 08-10 September 2021. This year, ETOP will held in an all-virtual, web conference format.
The AAPT/Temple team of the NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium will be offering a series of short 1.5-hour workshops.This workshop will be held via Zoom on one Saturday of each month from September to November from 1-2 PM ET (Washington, DC time). These workshops are directed to all introductory physics teachers (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.
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
Congratulations to the recently named 2021 - 2022 STEP UP Advocates! The Advocates will be supported by STEP UP Ambassador Leads as they learn about best practices for equitable classrooms. Over the course of this year, Advocates will focus on shifting gender equity in physics by inspiring young women to pursue physics in college through STEP UP lesson plans. Meet our Advocates
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.
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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
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. 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
In the News
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.
The American Modeling Teachers Association
The American Modeling Teachers Association has been transforming STEM education since 2005 and provides professional development and support for science teachers across the globe. It is AMTA's goal to promote the use of an instructional strategy, known as Modeling Instruction, which builds conceptual understanding, improves classroom discourse, and engages students in the learning process. AMTA is excited to announce our slate of virtual courses for 2021! Regional hosts are also beginning to schedule face-to-face workshops with safety as a top priority. Virtual courses are open for registration at bit.ly/amtasummer Face-to-face workshop details will be updated and registration will be open soon. You can see a full list with details as they become available at bit.ly/amtasummer.
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
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
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Preceptor in Physics Laboratory Instruction and Management
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