eNNOUNCER August 2015


AAPT Governance Change Moves to Vote of the Members

At the AAPT Summer Meeting, the Executive Board voted to move the proposed changes to the AAPT Governance to a vote of the membership for approval in the Fall as part of the general election. Read more.

2015 Summer Meeting

As the dust settles on this summer's meeting in College Park, Maryland attendees will take away renewed connections, new ideas, and enthusiasm that will carry them into the new academic year. This was the largest meeting in AAPT's recent history and attendees enjoyed outstanding plenaries, congratulated award winners, and won prizes in the Exhibit Hall. Watch for highlights on the Summer Meeting website in the near future.

2016 Winter Meeting
The 2016 Winter Meeting website will open for Abstract Submissions on August 5 with a deadline of September 9. Watch the WM16 website for additional information.

AAPT Members Named as Recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Seven AAPT members were honored as the 2015 recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Read more

U.S. Physics Team Shines at 46th International Physics Olympiad

The U.S. Physics Team tied for second place with four gold medals and one silver medal at the 2015 International Physics Olympiad in Mumbai, India. Read more.

Connections Matter: Win a trip to the 2016 Summer Meeting

The Summer Meeting in College Park was the beginning of Connections Matter, a new member referral program with a Free Trip to the 2016 Summer Meeting as the grand prize. Someone will win the free trip! Will it be you?

Recruitment tips and tools are available online.

Visit the Connections Matter webpage for further details.

AAPT's 2015 eMentoring Webinar Series

Upcoming eMentoring webinar:

August 10 - eMentoring Office Hours: How to get the most from your eMentoring relationship, with Rebecca Vieyra, AAPT eMentoring Coordinator

If you are interested in becoming an AAPT e-mentor or a mentee and participating in these webinars, please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Vieyra at ementoring@aapt.org.

New to eMentoring - Instant Mentor

Are you an early-career high school physics teacher who sometimes wishes you had "immediate" feedback from an experienced mentor, but don't need a full mentorship pairing? If so, consider seeking help through the AAPT's free Program new "Instant Mentor" option, and a registered eMentor volunteer will get back to you within 24 hours or sooner. Submit your request for an instant Mentor at ementoring.aapt.org.

Pluto: Articles from The Physics Teacher and American Journal of Physics

A perfect resource to supplement you study of Pluto, this collection of articles spans our understanding of the dwarf planet between 1980 and 2010. How will New Horizons add to our knowledge of Pluto?

All of the articles are free to current AAPT members. The collection is a benefit of your membership.

AAPT Programs ...

2015 High School Physics Photo Contest

One of the fun opportunities during the AAPT Summer Meeting is reviewing and voting on the top 100 photos as selected by the Committee on Physics in High Schools under the direction of Tommi Holsenbeck. The votes have been tallied and the winning entries are posted. View here. Congratulations to the winning students and their teachers.

AAPT-ALPhA Award is Now Open for Nominations

AAPT and ALPhA (Advanced Laboratory Physics Association) have announced the AAPT/ALPhA Award for undergraduate physics students who have built (and possibly designed), and left as a legacy for future students an advanced laboratory experiment. Do you have a student (or team of students) who might be interested in taking up the challenge to build an experiment new to their own department and possibly receive national recognition, attend a national AAPT meeting, present an invited talk, and receive a check for $4,000? The nomination process is now open.  Applications need to be completed by September 1, 2015. If qualified candidates are proposed, we anticipate presenting the first award at the 2016 AAPT Winter Meeting in New Orleans. Read more or Apply. Funding for this award, for the first five years, is provided by TeachSpin, Inc.

Save the Date

Fall 2015 Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop
The fall New Faculty Workshop will be held November 19-22 at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD. Nominations by department chairs will open August 17, 2015. For more information click here


In the News...

Submit Your Lesson Plan for a Chance at $500!

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Inclusive Excellence: 2017 Undergraduate Science Education Grants

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute recently announced a new competition for science education grants to colleges and universities called "Inclusive Excellence: Engaging all students in science."

Physics Careers...

I Am About To Graduate - What on Earth Do I Do Now?

Whether you started career planning and job searching a year ago, a month ago or today, there are a few things you can do to get the ball rolling to land a job you enjoy. Check out this webinar: online now.

Jobs Announcements from the Career Center

Science Curriculum Manager
Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools

Physics Teacher (Grades 9-12)
Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools

More Physics Resources and ...

Seeking Fellows Applicants for DANS

The Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability seeks applicants for two national Fellow positions to work on educating for a sustainable future projects. The Fellows positions require a commitment of approximately three hours per week and will be designed to fit the Fellows interests. Possible projects include:

• Compile resources for use on campuses
• Help write articles and digital messages to disseminate this information throughout higher education,
• Develop materials to help institutionalize education for a sustainable future
• Work in collaboration with Dr. Debra Rowe, director of the DANS Fellows program.

For more information on the fellows program and how to apply

New Quantum Design Website

Quantum Design has announced that to further the goals of science education, it has developed an educational website to encourage the development and sharing of measurement curricula using the wide range of measurement options available with their PPMS VersaLab, a temperature and magnetic field platform. This website provides free teaching materials and sample experiments meant to provide instructors in physics and materials sciences ready-made solutions to use in their classrooms and laboratories. The website can be seen at: education.qdusa.com

The International Year of Light K-8 teacher resources

In celebration of the International Year of Light, Laser Classroom has several new resources for K-8 teachers.

First is a series of videos that walks teachers through the IYL Kit - the 4 videos total about 30 minutes and go over the kit's contents and the activities in the accompanying booklet.

Colors and materials
Shadows and Refraction

Second is a free, 5 week, self-paced, online professional development course via Canvas.net for formal and informal educators around teaching light and optics with kids ages 6-14. Details and registration

Galileoscope Launches 2015 International Year of Light Programs

The Galileoscope program for the 2015 International Year of Light (IYL) is now in full swing, with new inventory available for delivery worldwide, and thousands of K-12 teachers and students in the United States poised to receive free telescope kits thanks to a generous donation to support science education. Created for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy (IYA), the Galileoscope solved a long-standing problem: the lack of a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit suitable for both optics education and celestial observation. Order your Galileoscope at www.galileoscope.org

More from your Membership, Join your AAPT Community

Did you know that you can connect with your collegues by joining an AAPT Email Discussion List?   There are more than 20 different lists/communities available. Find the list that matches your career interests at  http://www.aapt.org/Resources/lists.cfm.  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.

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Section News

To list your section meeting in the AAPT Calendar of Events, e-mail the information to mgardner@aapt.org. See the July 2015 Section News.


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