eNNOUNCER February 2017
2017 Winter Meeting RegistrationThere is still time to register for the upcoming AAPT Winter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Join your colleagues for the premier physics educations conference in the country. Click here to Registration
Plenary SpeakersCome listen to one of our exciting plenary speakers. Moogega Cooper Stricker a planetary protection engineer from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Ken Bloom an experimental particle physicist from the University of Nebraska.
Two new plenary speakers have been added to the program. Michael Ruiz, The Physics of Music and Stephen Ramsden, Solar Astronomy. These events will take place at Georgia Institute of Technology. Transportation will be provided from the Marriott.
WorkshopsIt’s not too late to register for an AAPT Winter Meeting Workshop. For those that can’t attend the full meeting, you are still able to sign up for a workshop only registration. If you are already registered for the meeting a workshop can be easily added.
There are a number of exciting workshops that are available. To view a full list of workshops with descriptions, please click here.
High School Teachers' DayA special day has been prepared on Sunday, February 19 for high school physics teachers that have never attended a national AAPT Meeting. Qualified teachers will receive a discounted registration fee of $85. Click here
ProgramAAPT's leadership and area committee's have put together an exciting and informative four day program. Click here
AwardsJay M. Pasachoff will be recognized as the 2017 Richtmyer Memorial Lecture awardee and Jan Tobochnik will receive the 2017 Oersted Medal.
2017 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT recipients are Ernest R. Behringer, Ann M. Robinson, Kenneth S. Krane, Sharon Kirby, and Richard Gelderman. The recipients will be presented their award during the 2017 Winter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
The 2015 Annual Report is available on our website. The AAPT Annual Report serves as a yearbook, providing a snapshot of the Association for that year. It includes publications, awards, programs, volunteers, donors, and financial information.
Abstracts will be accepted for the 2017 Summer Meeting from January 19 to February 23. Don't miss this opportunity to submit an abstract to the largest gathering of physics educators in the United States.
AAPT has small grants up to $400 available for AAPT national meeting attendees who are bringing small children to a national meeting or who incur extra expenses in leaving their children at home (i.e., extra daycare or babysitting services) in order to attend a national meeting. In addition, small grants up to $400 are available to national meeting attendees who are responsible for dependent care (elderly parents, adult children with disabilities, etc) or need assistance at the meeting because of a disability. More information will be available soon.
At its meeting in July, the AAPT Board of Directors approved a motion that the term “regular member” be changed to “professional member” in Section 3.01 of the By-Laws and any subsequent reference to regular member therein. This change reflects the professional identification and commitment of members to our organization, describing AAPT membership in a way that idealizes how a person would wish to describe themselves in their professional identification.
Everyone needs mentors, but how do you find other women physicists who understand your experience-- as the only Hispanic in the department, the only PER researcher, the only full-time physicist at your TYC, the only one who brings a newborn in a sling to department meetings? Join eAlliances, an NSF-sponsored faculty development project for women physics faculty, and become part of a peer-mentoring alliance with other women who share many of your same experiences.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has put together a brief news article outlining the importance of the paper An Introduction to the New SI which appears in the January 2017 issue of The Physics Teacher.
The AAPT/APS Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Programs has released two reports about preparing physics students for diverse careers
Phys21: Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers report provides guidance for physicists considering revising the undergraduate curriculum to improve the education of a diverse student population. The report includes recommendations on content, pedagogy, professional skills, and student engagement and documentable student outcomes.
AAPT’s K-12 Program Manager is seeking an AAPT member to support AAPT’s K-12 digital efforts. This individual will assist in:
The AAPT Career Center offers FREE 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.
AAPT has established an Email listserv for physics department chairs at primarily undergraduate institutions and other primarily teaching institutions. Nancy Donaldson, Rockhurst University, will serve as listserv administrator. To sign up for the listserv, click on the following link: mail.aapt.org/read/all_forums
The Partnership for the Integration of Computation into Undergraduate Physics (PICUP) has a project for fostering faculty communities to develop computational integration at a local level. We invite any AAPT section with faculty interested in exploring computational integration into their courses to express its interest (if it has not already done so) in developing such a community. Any section member who feels that local faculty might have an interest in including computation in their courses may convey this interest. The venue for doing so is the following survey. This process begins by hosting an introductory workshop (e.g. at a regular section meeting) whose objectives are:
Registration deadline for the 2017 AAPT PhysicsBowl Contest is February 27, 2017. The contest is taking place March 29 - April 14, 2017. Read more
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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.
AAPT is committed to increasing the effectiveness of Physics education around the world. Through a grant supported by Harold Q & Charlotte Mae Fuller Fund, the Association provides a number of fully-funded, two-year memberships to physics teachers in developing countries. The deadline is May 31st. If you know an eligible physics teacher who would benefit from this support, submit your nomination today!
Each year, through the Hashim A Yamani Fund, AAPT awards several 2-year memberships to students or early-career professionals who are either planning to teach or already teaching physics in their native country. Citizens of any country are eligible, with priority given to citizens of developing countries. If your students are planning to become a teacher, or have recently graduated and started teaching, tell them to apply for a Yamani Membership today! Deadline: July 1.
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced today that the 2016 Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Teachers has been awarded to Shannon Armstrong, Grove City College; Janea Edgel, Brigham Young University; Raven Marie Hernandez, University of Wisconsin-River Falls; Jessica Kjeldgaard, Drury University; Jason May, Boise State University; Wesley Morgan, Brigham Young University; and Brett Powell, Lock Haven University. Read more
"As a HS physics teacher, the best professional development that I receive is a direct result of my AAPT membership. The Physics Teacher provides a wealth of ideas and inspiration, and is a publication that I read thoroughly every month." Jon Anderson, Centennial High School
A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one. -Benjamin Franklin
You’ve been waiting all year. Well, your patience has paid off! The 2017 Physics Photo Contest Calendar is in print and ready for a prominent spot on your wall. Each month features one of the top 100 entries from the AAPT Physics Photo Contest complete with explanatory text. If you are a subscriber to one of our print journals, you should have already received a calendar with your December issue. As a feature of membership, all AAPT members, including our digital-only members, can order up to 3 calendars free of charge (shipping charges apply) from our Physics Store.
The majority of our members renew their AAPT membership in the Fall. Please take a moment to check your current membership status. Your AAPT membership offers flexible pricing - choose to receive print versions of one or both of our journals, The Physics Teacher and American Journal of Physics, or access them online. And don't forget - as an AAPT member, you have online access to current and fully archived content to your AAPT journals. While online, be sure to update your member profile. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Membership Department directly ( 301.209.3333, firstname.lastname@example.org). We are here to serve you. Thank you for your continuing support of AAPT, and physics education.
Journals on AAPT.org American Journal of Physics and The Physics Teacher now have a home on the aapt.org website. When you click on the "Publications" tab and select one of our journal you will go to the new journal home page. This page will include links to the full Table of Contents for each issue as well as the cover image and description. Additional links related to the journal will be available from this home page. Past issue pages are archived here as well.
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The American Institute of Physics (AIP), a federation of physical science societies organized as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership corporation, is seeking a Chair of its Board of Directors. Read more.
Each edition will include a look at the week ahead in science policy and a review of the week just passed. It will also list upcoming events, opportunities to get engaged, and links to articles from other publications. FYI has been a trusted resource for 25 years, but this new weekly edition will allow you to keep up-to-date with policy issues affecting science.
Grant-Funded Opportunity for Physics First Modelers: A 3-Week Computational Modeling Development Workshop
Are you a 8th/9th-grade Physics First teacher who uses Modeling Instruction? Join the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA), STEMteachersNYC, and Bootstrap's Pyret team for a 3-week development project in New York City from July 31 - August 18, 2017. The purpose of this NSF and 100Kin10-sponsored project is to integrate computational modeling using Bootstrap's Pyret language in Modeling Physics First. For this project, a total of 21 teachers from around the nation and the state of New York will be joined by the 9 teachers who participated in preliminary development workshop, funded by 100Kin10.
ACT's STEM report, "The Condition of STEM 2016" was released on November 17, 2016. Nearly half (48 percent) of the 2.1 million 2016 American high school graduates who took the ACT test expressed an interest in STEM majors or careers, the report found. However, only 26 percent of those 1 million STEM-interested graduates met or surpassed the ACT College Readiness Benchmark in STEM. The benchmark is an indicator of whether a student is well prepared for first-year courses such as calculus, biology, chemistry and physics, which are typically required for a college STEM-related major. These findings are virtually unchanged from last year, the report found. Interest in teaching STEM subject areas continues to be alarmingly low. Less than 1 percent of the nearly 2.1 million 2016 graduates who took the ACT indicated an interest in teaching math or science.
Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning
July 29-31, 2017, Portland, Oregon
NSF is seeking a new permanent Program Director position in physics education in the Division of Undergraduate Education
As you may be aware, NSF has been instrumental in advancing educational transformation and research in physics education in the United States. This position has historically shaped and enacted NSF's vision in physics education at the undergraduate level.
The Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Programs (J-TUPP), has assembled a new report, entitled Phys21: Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers, which assesses the employment landscape that physics bachelor’s degree recipients are entering and makes recommendations on how physics departments can better prepare their students for diverse employment. Learn more and read the report on the J-TUPP website.
Join the nation's largest meeting dedicated to the education of future physics teachers—featuring workshops on best practices, panel discussions by national leaders, and excellent networking opportunities for educators. The conference will be held February 17 and 18 in Atlanta, Georgia, immediately preceding the AAPT Winter Meeting. Learn more and register now!
There are nothing but opportunities for those students thinking about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The field continues to shift, just as student perceptions do. That is why Destination Imagination, National Girls Collaborative, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) are collaborating on a research project focused on high school students’ perceptions of STEM careers.
Arizona State University has an interdisciplinary Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree in physics for high school teachers. Courses are in summer, and the degree is founded on Modeling instruction. Teachers in 15 western states can apply for IN-STATE tuition; the deadline is APRIL 1.
Registration is now open for the world’s largest student rocket contest, the 2017 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). Through TARC, teams of middle and high school students design, build and fly model rockets in a process modeled on the aerospace industry’s engineering design cycle. The top 100 teams in the country will compete outside of Washington, D.C. in May for more than $100,000 in cash and scholarships. For more information or to register, visit rocketcontest.org. TARC is organized by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry.
Join The Optical Society (OSA) in celebrating its centennial with a number of new resources to bring the wonder of light and color to students of all ages. The Explore Optics OSA 100 Kit provides a unique collection of resources to help students investigate geometric optics with a Pepper's Ghost apparatus, a Reflect View screen, and an Invisibility Kit. The kit is available for purchase at an over 50% discount to teachers for a limited time. Access free lessons from the OSA's Kit Activity Guide and check out the collaborative AAPT/OSA lesson templates inspired by articles from The Physics Teacher journal. Learn more at the AAPT K-12 blog.
The American Physical Society (APS) established the National Mentoring Community to provide mentoring for underrepresented minority (URM) physics undergraduates in the US. Current physics faculty are invited to sign up for free as an APS NMC mentor and nominate a URM physics student to participate as your mentee. This is a great way to support our students and connect to a larger group of faculty concerned with these issues. For more information, please visit the APS website.
PhysPort is the go-to place for finding resources based on physics education research (PER) to use in your classroom. Free resources on PhysPort include:
Do you have piles of data from research-based assessments lying around waiting to be analyzed? Try out a new tool that will help you quickly:
1. Barbara Wolff-Reichert Grants will provide up to $7,500, with a 50% departmental match, toward the purchase of a TeachSpin instrument successfully mastered by a participant in an ALPhA Immersion. Read more.
Modeling Instruction was developed for high school physics teachers and has since expanded to physical science, chemistry, biology, and middle school. Each year, Modeling workshops are held at universities and high schools across the United States. Last year, more than 70 Modeling workshops were offered to high school and middle school teachers in more than 20 states.
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."
Do you know any high school seniors looking to major in physics? Simpson College recently received a NSF grant that will provide 15 financially needy incoming students with financial assistance ($33,600 over four years), mentorship, and research opportunities as they pursue a degree in a mathematical STEM field. For this reason, we are recruiting talented high school seniors to come to Simpson as undergraduates.
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The AAPT Committee on History & Philosophy in Physics suggests a good way to enliven your classes with some historical tidbits. The regularly published This Month in Physics History section in the October 2016 APS News is entitled, "October 19, 1955: Discovery of the Antiproton Announced." Did you know that the Bevatron at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was built to be energetic enough to create antiprotons, and thus test the hypothesis that every particle has a corresponding antiparticle? Indeed, experimenters Emilio Segre and Owen Chamberlain—who subsequently shared the Nobel Prize—successfully used the Bevatron to detect the antiproton! You can read the fascinating details here. A host of other interesting physics history columns, published from 2000 onward in the APS News, are linked here. Enjoy
CERN is famous for the Large Hadron Collider, but there’s much more to the laboratory than that. A large part of CERN’s research and development is carried out using fixed-target beamlines, which are used for a variety of experiments that range from investigating the inner workings of protons to probing the mysteries of antimatter. As part of the beam line for schools competition, CERN is making a fully equipped beamline available for a team of school students to run an experiment. Read more
What: Teams proposing innovative, STEM-based solutions for real-world problems they identify within one of three themes:
Who: Teams of three to five community college students, a faculty mentor and a community or industry partner.
When: Submission window is open October 17, 2016 to 11:59 p.m. EST, February 15, 2017. Finalists receive an expense-paid trip to attend the Innovation Boot Camp in Arlington, VA, June 12-15, 2017.
Where: Visit www.nsf.gov/CCchallenge
Why: To stimulate STEM innovation, foster entrepreneurial and professional skills and win prizes.
Questions? Contact the CCIC team at email@example.com.
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