Maryland Declares Physics Education Week


State of Maryland Declares January 20-26, 2008, Physics Education Week

College Park, Maryland, United States, January 17, 2008

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced that Martin O’Malley, Governor of the State of Maryland, proclaimed January 20-26, 2008, as Physics Education Week in Maryland.

The official State of Maryland Proclamation document states:


WHEREAS, advances in our national and global economy and enhancements in our quality of life depend in large measure on physics, the mother of modern science; and

WHEREAS, physics teachers have demonstrated through their commitment to teaching that they care deeply about student learning and physics development; and
WHEREAS, the American Association of Physics Teachers supports the development of effective teaching resources and professional enhancement programs for physics teachers in high schools, colleges and universities; and
WHEREAS, physics teachers are influencing and developing the next generation of physicists and physics teachers through excellence in physics education; and

WHEREAS, physics teachers collectively contribute to physics education and research, from which the citizens of not only Maryland but the United States of America can greatly benefit intellectually, economically and socially;

WHEREAS, continuous enhancements in physics education and in physics teacher preparation are essential here at home in the State of Maryland, which is committed to strengthening our technology-based economy; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Martin O’Malley, Governor of the state of Maryland, do hereby proclaim January 20-26, 2008 as
Physics Education Week
in Maryland, and I urge all people in our beautiful and dynamic state to imagine the possibilities offered by the efforts of physics teachers and their advancement of physics education.

Governor Martin O’Malley


The Proclamation will be read at the 2008 AAPT Winter Meeting at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, on Monday, January 21, at 11:15 a.m., by Pat Foerster, Education Policy Advisor, Governor Martin O’Malley’s Office, at the kick-off for the High School Physics Teachers Recognition Day.

“We are very pleased that Governor O’Malley’s issued proclamation stated and recognized the importance of physics teachers, physics education and the enhancement of teaching programs” said Toufic Hakim, AAPT Executive Officer. “AAPT is ready to support and drive any effort that leads to increased interest in physics.”

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About AAPT
AAPT is the leading organization for physics educators—with more than 12,000 members worldwide. Its mission is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching. AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.

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