eNNOUNCER January 2016


2016 AAPT Winter Meeting Service Awards

AAPT has announced that the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT will be awarded to Michael Faleski, Marina Milner-Bolotin, Gay Stewart, David Weaver, and Karl Mamola during the 2016 Winter Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

2016 Winter Meeting Need to Know

Meeting of the Members-The AAPT Meeting of The Members will take place on Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 8:30 - 10:00PM. The agenda for the meeting can be found here or under the program tab of the Winter Meeting website.

Workshops-It is not too late to register for a workshop at the winter meeting. AAPT’s workshops provide educators with hands-on instruction to increase their understanding of physics learning and develop new ways to improve their teaching effectiveness. Click here to view a complete list of workshops being offered at WM16.

#AAPTWM16 Official Tweet-up-Join your fellow Twitter users on Saturday, January 9th from 6:00-7:00 pm for AAPT's official tweet-up. This free event is open to all 2016 AAPT Winter Meeting attendees. Bugnes (a traditional sweet crisp pastry that's essential for Mardi Gras) will be provided. Tweet your thoughts, highlights, and photos from the meeting and take this opportunity to meet other attendees face-to-face. Location: Strand 4 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans - 601 Loyola Ave. Click here to sign up.

2016 AAPT Winter Meeting Meet-up- Early Career Professionals and First Timers' Gathering (FREE) Sunday, January 10 6:00-7:00 PM at the Little Gem Saloon (5 minute walk from hotel) Click here to sign up.

2016 Winter Meeting Plenary Speakers

Dr. Benjamin D. Santer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - Dr. Santer is an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). His research focuses on such topics as climate model evaluation, the use of statistical methods in climate science, and identification of natural and anthropogenic “fingerprints” in observed climate records. His plenary talk is entitled Evidence for Human Effects on Global Climate.
Please click here for full bio.

Dr. Kimberly Ennico Smith, NASA’s Ames Research Center- Dr. Kimberly Ennico Smith is a research astrophysicist at NASA’s Ames Research Center. She is a Co-Investigator and Deputy Project Scientist on NASA’s New Horizons Pluto Fly-by Mission, leading the calibration activities and doing compositional mapping of Pluto and Charon with color imagery and spectroscopy. Her plenary talk is entitled First Results from the Historic 1st Fly-By Space Mission.
Please click here for full bio.

Search for New AJP Editor

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) seeks applications from and nominations of candidates for the position of Editor of the American Journal of Physics (AJP), the world’s preeminent journal in physics education focusing on the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on May 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. The official start date will be September 1, 2017, but the new editor will ideally begin transitioning into the post no later than January 2017. Further details on the duties of the Editor, institutional arrangements, and the application procedure can be found at aapt.org. Interested candidates are also encouraged to read the recent editorial about being editor: D.P. Jackson, “Should you be editor of AJP?,” Am. J. Phys. 83, 909–910 (2015); http://dx.doi.org.

Connections Matter: Last Chance to win a free trip to SM16 in Sacramento

Connections Matter, AAPT's member referral program ends on January 31, 2016. Someone will win a Free Trip to the 2016 Summer Meeting as the grand prize. Will it be you? Recruitment tips and tools are available online. Visit www.aapt.org for further details.

AAPT/ACS Webinar

Thursday, January 28, 2016
7:00 PM Eastern Time
NGSS-based Strategies for Facilitating Student Learning in Chemistry and Physics.

Learn a number of NGSS-based strategies you can use and adapt in your classroom from experienced physics teacher and AAPT member Frank Lock. Come prepared with your questions to make the most of this interactive webinar. This is the second webinar in our series presented in partnership with the American Association of Chemistry Teachers.

Register here

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.

AAPT Career Center offers FREE postings

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.

Get the word out! Your posting will also appear on the Physics Today Jobs site, which when combined with the job sites of the organizations mentioned above forms the ultimate online science, engineering, and computing career network, ensuring maximum relevant visibility for your internship.

Visit jobs.aapt.org to get started.

Did you know that AAPT has co-sponsored five career development webinars for its members?

Visit www.aapt.org to access recorded versions of them, with topics including interviewing, networking, and how to attend a scientific conference. Check back soon for topics, dates, and registration information for our 2016 events!

Nominate Someone for a Harold & Charlotte Mae Fuller Fund Membership

AAPT is committed to increasing the effectiveness of Physics education not just in North America, but all across the world. Thanks to the Harold Q & Charlotte Mae Fuller Fund, AAPT is able to give out a number of complimentary memberships to physics teachers in developing countries. The deadline of May 31st is quickly approaching, so if you know a physics teacher in a developing country, nominate them for an AAPT membership.

Have your Students Applied for a Yamani Membership?

Each year, AAPT awards several two-year Hashim A. Yamani AAPT Memberships, which are regular electronic memberships and include electronic only access to copies of the American Journal of Physics, The Physics Teacher, and Physics Today. If your students are planning to become a teacher, or have just graduated and started teaching, tell them to apply for a Yamani Membership today!

AAPT Programs

U.S. Physics Team Coach Call

AAPT is seeking faculty to join the staff for the 2016 U.S. Physics Team. Learn about the qualifications and how to apply by clicking here.

2016 AAPT PhysicsBowl Registration Open!

Registration is now open for the 2016 AAPT PhysicsBowl taking place March 30 - April 15, 2016. Read more.

Workshop for Experienced Physics and Astronomy Faculty Members

Thanks to generous support from the National Science Foundation, AAPT in collaboration with the American Physical Society and the American Astronomical Society is hosting a workshop March 18-20, 2016 at the American Center for Physics aimed at tenured faculty members who want to learn more about effective physics and astronomy teaching practices and the evidence for the effectiveness of those practices in their roles as department leaders, mentors for junior faculty members, and physics and astronomy educators. The workshop will have a mix of presentations by national leaders such as Eric Mazur and small group discussions. An online application form will be available on the AAPT web site in early January. You need to apply before February 5, 2016. Please apply early because the number of participant slots is limited. Also, please bring this notice to the attention of other faculty members who would benefit from attending the workshop. Limited financial support is available for travel and registration expenses for faculty at minority-serving institutions and from departments with severely limited financial resources.

2016 PhysTEC Conference

The 2016 PhysTEC Conference, will be held in Baltimore, MD next March 11-13. To learn more visit the conference website.

More from your Membership, Update your AAPT Profile

It is renewal season for 80% of AAPT Members. Do you have new contact information? Login at aapt.org and update your profile information to assure that you receive all of your benefits. While your are logged in your can renew your membership for the coming year. 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.

In the News

National Medal of Science to Shirley Ann Jackson

On December 22, 2015, the White House announced that Shirley Ann Jackson was named a National Medal of Science recipient. In 2001, she was named the recipient of AAPT’s Richtmyer Memorial Lecure Award. Read more

Travel funding awards for Gender Summit 8

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with support and funding from the National Science Foundation, is currently seeking U.S. female faculty researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM), from Minority-Serving Institutions, who are interested in attending the Gender Summit 8 (GS8) in Mexico, on April 28-29, 2016.

AAAS is releasing travel awards to US female faculty researchers to attend GS8, with the goal to create new international networks and initiate plans for future collaborations in STEM research, with counterparts abroad.

If you are interested in creating and developing International Research networks, submit your application today at the following link www.aaas.org.

The deadline for submission is January 7, 2016 by 11:59 PM EDT.

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Summer Leadership Institute for STEM Faculty

The PKAL Summer Leadership Institute is designed for both early and mid-career STEM faculty engaged in leading projects aimed at transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms, departments, and institutions. The five-day intensive Institute provides faculty participants with the theory and practice required to effectively manage the politics of such change and contribute to the national STEM higher education reform effort.

Institute I: July 12–July 17, 2016
Institute II: July 19–July 24, 2016
Institute III: July 26–July 31, 2016
The Claggett Center, Adamstown, Maryland

Applications Due February 24, 2016

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program

L’Oréal USA awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The program is the U.S. component of the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships. Celebrating its twelfth year in the U.S., the For Women in Science program has awarded 60 postdoctoral women scientists nearly $3 million in grants. The application for the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program will open on Monday, November 30, 2016 and will close on Friday, February 5, 2016.

NSF and NNI Present: Generation Nano Challenge

Win the opportunity to attend and present your entry at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., April 16-17, 2016 and compete for cash prizes.

High School student and individuals submit a written entry explaining a superhero and nanotechnology-driven gear, with a 90-second video OR 1 page comic introducing the superhero and the student's nanotechnology-enabled gear. Deadline, February 2, 2016.

More questions? Get updates on Twitter #GenNano or contact the team at gennano@nsf.gov.

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."

Scholarship Opportunity

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.

For information on the Carver Bridge to STEM Success Scholarship Program visit the following website: http://simpson.edu/carver-bridge-scholars/

If you know any students who might be interested in this opportunity, we are more than happy to discuss more over email or phone. Contact Professor Aaron Santos at aaron.santos@simpson.edu or call at 515-961-1826.

ASU Modeling Workshops in physics and chemistry

The Four Modeling Workshops (June 6-24, July 5-15, 2016) for high school physics, chemistry, and physical science teachers nationwide are offered by Arizona State University in Tempe. Low-cost family housing. Pre-service and TYC teachers are welcome, too. ASU Modeling Instruction is designated as an Accomplished STEM program by Change The Equation. The American Physical Society gave it the 2014 Excellence in Physics Education Award.
Click here for more information.

The courses can lead to a Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree in physics. Teachers in 15 western states can apply for IN-STATE tuition; the deadline is APRIL 1. Read more

That Physics Show Opens at the Playroom Theater

What damage can a ping-pong ball do as it hurtles 700 miles an hour through a vacuum tube? Can you see the shape of sound in a dancing flame? "OH, NO! That bowling ball is going to smash him in the face"...but it didn't! These questions and many more will be answered when professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific "magic" from the world of physics to The Playroom Theater (151 West 46th Street - just east of Broadway) in That Physics Show for a limited engagement. He is recognized as a demonstrator extraordinaire and for his work in advancing the craft of physics lecture demonstrations as a member of the Apparatus Committee of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). Read more.

Physics Careers

Jobs Announcements from the Career Center

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Tenure-Track Physics Faculty Position
Franklin College

High School Physics Teaching Jobs, available Nationwide
Carney, Sandoe & Associates

More Physics Resources

Periscope: Looking into learning in best-practices physics classrooms

Periscope is a set of lessons centered on video episodes from best-practices physics classrooms. By watching and discussing authentic teaching events, instructors enrich their experience with noticing and interpreting student behavior and practice applying lessons learned about teaching to actual teaching situations.
Periscope is free to qualified educators at physport.org/periscope.

CERN Beamline for Schools Competition

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

Social Media @ AAPT

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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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