eNNOUNCER August 2011
eNNOUNCER August 2011
Thank You Omaha!
Omaha's Creighton University rolled out the red carpet, hosting AAPT and opening their beautiful campus to Summer Meeting attendees. Although the floodwaters of the Missouri River were visible from the air, the downtown area, including the Old Market, hotels, and Creighton University were unaffected.
During the 2011 Summer Meeting, a group of interested members met to discuss AAPT’s response to the recently released National Research Council framework for K-12 science education. A free download of the framework is available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165. The framework identifies key concepts and practices that all students should learn and will serve as a basis for new science education standards. A working group has been formed to draft a response and will include a reference to the document "College Ready Physics Standards: A Look to the Future" by Patricia Heller and Gay Stewart. (Free download of "College Ready Physics Standards" is available at http://www.compadre.org/portal/items/detail.cfm?ID=10310.) A separate working group will meet during the next few months to determine the next steps that AAPT can take to assist Achieve in developing the new science standards. Finally, AAPT will begin developing a whitepaper on the framework and its impact on physics and physical science standards.
The traveling members of the U.S. Physics Team competed with 393 of the most talented young physicists on the global stage, representing 84 countries, during the 42nd International Physics Olympiad and they brought home two gold and three silver medals. The Olympiad, held July 10-17, was sponsored by the Promotion of Academic Olympiads and Development of Science Education Foundation (POSN), under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra, and Chulalongkorn University (CU), in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the Oersted Medal, the Richtmyer Memorial Lecture Award, the Melba Newell Phillips Medal, the J. D. Jackson Award for Excellence in Graduate Physics Teaching, and the AAPT Distinguished Service Citation. All AAPT members are urged to review the descriptions of these awards on the AAPT website and then, following instructions available at a link on that website, to nominate individuals deemed worthy of consideration for any of these awards.
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July 15, 2011 – John Sampson Toll was a physicist, scholar, and educator whose many achievements included the development of Maryland physics from a small department to one of the largest and finest in the nation. He was an Emeritus AAPT Member, having joined in 1980.
June 30, 2011 – Katherine Elizabeth Mays was an exemplary physics teacher, AAPT member for more than 40 years, and an AAPT staff associate who helped launch the PTRA program. She was the High School Fellow in the AAPT national office while Jack Wilson was the Executive Officer, and was a strong leader in all AAPT activities.
The Simons Foundation announces a new funding opportunity: the Simons Fellows program. The Fellows program is intended to enable scientists to obtain a period of freedom from teaching and administration. It offers grants that will pay up to 1/2 of an academic year salary, plus some other expenses, for a scientist taking (or extending) a sabbatical or other research leave. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2011, for leaves to begin in Fall 2012.
Free Hands-On STEM Fall Workshops
Kick Off the 2011/12 School Year with Vernier’s Free Hands-On STEM Workshops. Fall workshops teach educators how to integrate data-collection into the science curriculum using Vernier’s 'LabQuest' handhelds. Providing educators with hands-on instruction using Vernier’s LabQuest, educators can enhance their teaching and technology skills during each 4-hour workshop.
SRC Focus on Female High School Physics Students
The AIP Statistical Research Center's recent publication, "focus on Female Students in High School Physics" looks at the representation of girls in high school physics classes. The study found that number of girls taking high school physics increased 161% between 1987 and 2009; the number of boys was up 88% over this same period. This report examines female students taking high school physics, and looks at female representation by type of physics course.
Samuel Goudsmit Papers at Niels Bohr Library
The Niels Bohr Library and Archives, American Institute of Physics has released online the complete papers of Samuel A. Goudsmit (1902-1978). See the collection.
Physics World Free Download
The Invisibility Issue
Cottrell College Science Award
Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) is pleased to announce an upcoming deadline for proposal submission for the Single-Investigator and Multi-Investigator Cottrell College Science Award (SI- and MI-CCSA) programs. Deadline for pre-proposals is September 15, 2011.
Computing Giants Launch Free Science Metrics
"Mapping the landscape of science is about to get easier than ever before. Google and Microsoft are rolling out free tools that will enable researchers to analyse citation statistics, visualize research networks, and track the hottest research fields."
QuestBridge High School Scholarships
The QuestBridge National College Match helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full scholarships to some of the nation's leading colleges. The National College Match application deadline is September 30, 2011.
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