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eNNOUNCER August 2013


U.S. Physics Team Earns Medals at 44th IPhO

The top US physics students scored three gold medals and two silver medals at the 44th International Physics Olympiad (IPHO), held this year from July 7-15 in Copenhagen Denmark where the best high school physics students from 83 countries competed.
                      The participants representing the 2013 US Physics Team were:
                      Jeffrey Cai - Silver, Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, NJ
                      Calvin Huang - Gold, 8th overall, Gunn High School, Palo Alto, CA
                      Jeffrey Yan – Gold, 24th overall, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA
                      Samuel Zbarsky - Silver, Montgomery Blair High School, Rockville, MD
                      Kevin Zhou – Gold, 5th overall, High Tech High School, Lincroft, NJ
                      Calvin Huang earned the highest score in the experimental portion of the competition.
                    Read more.


Gary White Embarks on his Role as Editor of The Physics Teacher

Beginning with the September issue, Gary White will be editor of The Physics Teacher. AAPT welcomes Gary and looks forward to the changes and challenges as we move forward.  Welcome aboard!


Successful 2013 Summer Meeting

With memories of a very successful meeting in Portland, Oregon during the summer 2010, AAPT returned to Portland for its Summer Meeting, July 13-17, 2013. The meeting was organized around the theme "Going Green with Portland." From the Welcome Reception through the Melba Newell Phillips Plenary, attendees enjoyed a wide variety of networking and development opportunities. Portland remains a favorite summer location for attendees. Read more.


Summer Meeting T-Shirt Design Contest

t-shirtWe received entries from across the globe with the furthest coming from Athens, Greece. AAPT member John P. Lewis of Glenview, IL, a high school physics teacher, was selected as the winner of the contest and won $100 and a t-shirt for submitting the winning design. Proceeds from the t-shirts will go to the Student Fund and an extremely limited number are still available at $15 with free shipping, use promotional code 'FREESHIP'.  Purchase your limited edition t-shirt here.


Congrats to the Winner of the AAPT Exhibit Booth Raffle

Thank you to all who visited the AAPT booth during the Summer Meeting.  We had nearly 200 entries and the winner of the new Kindle Fire was AAPT member Joseph Calabrese. Congrats Joe!  Make sure to stop by our booth  at the 2014 Winter Meeting in Orlando for a chance to win even more prizes!


Social Media @ AAPTSM13

A huge thanks goes to the members of our Social Media Engagement Team, Joe Heafner, Fran Poodry, Danielle Spaete, and Brian C. Utter.  This handpicked group helped to provide hundreds of tweets throughout the Summer Meeting and led in the facilitation of dialogue among fellow attendees. Learn more about the team today!
                    facebook twitter LinkedIn Googleplus pinterest YouTube flickr


Next Generation Science Standards

AAPT's Executive Officer Beth Cunningham and President Gay Stewart have signed a letter expressing AAPT's support of the final version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The letter expresses support for the overall NGSS effort but contains several warnings about possible misinterpretations and misuses of the NGSS. Twenty-six states have agreed to consider the implementation of NGSS. As of this writing, five states have formally adopted NGSS.
                      Read the full text of the letter.                   


New Faculty Workshop Set for November

Workshop for New Physics and Astronomy FacultyThe next Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop will be held November 7-10, 2013 at the American Center for Physics. In late August or early September, physics and astronomy department chairs will receive information about nominating tenure-track faculty members for the workshop. Read more.


Career Learning Center

Professional development is a work in progress, and constantly gaining new skills and knowledge is essential to the success of any career. The latest enhancement to the AAPT Career Center AAPT Career Center - the Career Learning Center - is a career-guidance companion to searching the latest science teaching jobs. Equipped with four career-centric seminars, the AAPT Career Learning Center is a user-friendly virtual platform that satisfies the professional needs of AAPT members at all points on the career spectrum.
                      This helpful content is ONLY available to registered users with the AAPT Career Center, a free job seeker service provided by AAPT. Quickly login or create your job seeker account, and take control of your future by building a stronger presence among our industry’s top employers.                   


AAPT Undergraduate Physics Program Review Project

AAPT recognizes that undergraduate physics programs benefit from receiving feedback on the quality of the program.  In order to assist physics programs that are planning a review, AAPT maintains a list of reviewers whose names will be supplied to institutions submitting requests.    To be a reviewer, you must meet a number of qualifications - see the qualifications. If you fulfill the qualifications and are interested in serving as an external reviewer, please send a short message to eo@aapt.org to begin the process for being placed on the list.  If your department or program is interested in requesting names of potential reviewers, please send a request to eo@aapt.org or via fax at 301-209-0845.

Get More From Your Membership!

For many of you summer is a time of respite, for others it is a time of transition.  Whether you're continuing in your current position or moving into a new position be sure your AAPT Membership Profile is up-to-date.  As we plan for new programs and improvements to existing programs, current demographic information in your profile will help us better meet your needs.  Please take a few minutes to log into your AAPT member account, update your contact information and demographics, and check on your member status.  Contact your Member Services Department at 301-209-3333, or by e-mail at membership@aapt.org if you need assistance, or have further questions.


        Summer Meeting Resources on ComPADRE

Resources from some of the events of the AAPT Summer Meeting in Portland are available on ComPADRE. 
  1. We have the presentations from the invited session on Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences.
  2. The educational and fun videos presented and discussed at the Video Shar-a-Thon online and a similar collection of Apple and Android Apps will soon be available (we're testing to make sure they all work!).
3. Of course, as in years past, the proceedings of the Physics Education Research Conference are on PER-Central in ComPADRE, where presenters can upload their posters to be attached to their abstracts.  The papers from the conference will be available after the review process.


Section News

Fall Meetings
                      Southern Ohio Section in conjunction with Ohio Section APS meeting
                      Oct 5, 2013
                      University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
                      Email: Kathleen Harper
  North Carolina Section
                      Oct 25-26, 2013
                      18th Annual Fall Meeting held jointly with SACS-AAPT and SPS
                      Furman University, Greenville, SC
                      Email: Mario Belloni
  Southern Atlantic Coast Section with NCAAPT
                      Oct 25-26, 2013
                      Furman University, Greenville, SC
                      Email: Paige Ouzts or Email: David Moffett
                      To list your section meeting in the AAPT Calendar of Events, e-mail the information to mgardner@aapt.org. See the July 2012 Section News.                   


2013 ALPhA Laboratory Immersions

The Advanced Laboratory Physics Association (ALPhA) is pleased to announce the 2013 ALPhA Laboratory Immersions. ALPhA’s Immersion experiences provide participants with two to three days of intensive hands-on work with a single advanced laboratory experiment. Enrollment is limited to two to three participants per experiment in order to ensure that every participant learns the experiment well enough to teach it themselves. Get more information about each of the experiments offered in 2013 and to register for the Immersion of your choice.                   


Modeling Workshops

Fifty Modeling Workshops in high school physics, chemistry,  physical science, and biology will be offered in summer 2013, in many states. Modeling Workshops are peer-led. Modeling Instruction is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an Exemplary K-12 science program. Some sites offer stipends, usually for in-state teachers.  Graduate credit is available at some sites. Pre-service teachers and TYC faculty are welcome too. More information. Workshop descriptions.                   



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