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eNNOUNCER July 2013


Summer Meeting Countdown

With the 2013 Summer Meeting less than 2 weeks away, there are still several opportunities for you to take advantage of including:

Register for Workshops
                      High School Physics Teacher Day
                    AAPT Fun Run/Walk                  

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!  If you haven't registered yet, it's still not too late to join us, register today!
                      Save the Date:
                      Winter Meeting 2014, January 4-7 (Orlando, Florida)
                      Summer Meeting 2014, July 26-30 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)


Win a Kindle at the AAPT Booth!

Summer Meeting kindle fire PromoStop by the AAPT Booth (301/303) and spin the wheel for a chance to win a great selection of AAPT prizes.  A few lucky winners will also receive the chance to be entered to win a new Kindle Fire.  Stop by to check out the huge selection of literature and journals to take and publications and merchandise available for sale.


Melba Newell Phillips Medal Fundraiser Celebration

We need your help in supporting the Melba Newell Phillips Fund!  A limited number of tickets are still available for the Melba Newell Phillips Medal Celebration and Dinner on July 13, 2013, during the summer meeting.  This event will honor the life and legacy of Melba Newell Phillips, the first female president of AAPT.  The net proceeds from this event will help to endow the Melba Newell Phillips Medal established in her honor to recognize creative leadership and dedicated service to AAPT.  Learn more and purchase tickets today.          
            Not attending the Summer Meeting?  You can still contribute to support Phillips' legacy and the recognition of AAPT's next generation of leaders by giving to the         Melba Newell Phillips Medal Endowment.


2013 Summer Meeting T-Shirt Contest Winner

Congratulations to John P. Lewis of  Glenview, Illinois for submitting the winning design for the Summer Meeting T-shirt Design Contest.  A limited number of t-shirts will be on sale at the meeting.  A portion of the proceeds (20%) will go to the Student Fund.  Make sure to stop by the booth to check out the design, purchase your shirt, and support the Student Fund. Shirts available only while supplies last!


Social @ the Summer Meeting

We'd like to thank Joe Heafner, Fran Poodry, Danielle Spaete, and Brian Utter for volunteering to serve as social media ambassadors for the Summer Meeting, learn more about them here: http://bit.ly/sm13social.
                      The foursome will be tweeting and blogging before, during, and after the meeting.  You can also follow the conversation here, http://bit.ly/sm13tweets or search the hashtag, #AAPTSM13.
                      Follow us on social media to stay up to the minute!
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Texas Physics Consortium Wins Approval for Joint Undergraduate Physics Degree Program

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has granted the Texas Physics Consortium, a group of Texas Physics Departments, permission to offer a joint BS degree in physics.  The Consortium, consisting of Midwestern State University, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Tarleton State University, Texas Southern University, West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, and Texas A&M University-Central Texas, was formed in 2011-12 in response to the Coordinating Board’s decision to close undergraduate degree programs with fewer than five graduates per year (averaged over three years).  The Consortium will pool faculty expertise and institutional resources to provide access to quality upper-level undergraduate and graduate physics courses while maintaining the intimate student-faculty interaction of a small department.  The Consortium members attended the AAPT SPIN-UP Regional Workshop in Austin, TX in May 2012 (funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation), where they developed strategic plans for enhancing their undergraduate programs.  The national AAPT office worked with the Texas Sections of APS and AAPT to build support for the Consortium’s plans.  The Consortium’s program will become the third largest producer of B.S. Physics Graduates in Texas.
                    Read more.


The Physics Teacher… 50 Years

AAPT's flagship publication turns fifty this year. With the arrival of new TPT Editor, Gary White, AAPT celebrates and commemorates 50 years of excellence with a special session at the 2013 Summer Meeting.
                      See the commemorative booklet produced for the event!                 


The Golden Goose Award

Thanks for your help in developing nominations for the Golden Goose Award. The first award for 2013 will go to the late Wallace H. Coulter, a researcher and inventor who some fifty years ago turned research on paint for the Navy into the Coulter® Counter™, which remains today a standard machine for counting blood cells rapidly and efficiently.  If you have a recommendation for a nomination, or have any questions, please contact Charlie Holbrow at cholbrow@mit.edu.
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.


        Physlet Physics 2E on ComPADRE

Physlet Physics contains a collection of exercises spanning the introductory physics sequence. These exercises use computer animations generated in Java applets to show physics content. We call these Java applets Physlets (Physics content simulated with Java applets).
  The second edition to Physlet Physics represents a major change in how the 800 Physlet-based interactive materials are delivered to teachers and students alike. Instead of accessing materials off of the CD that came with the first edition, now users simply access the Physlet Physics 2E ComPADRE site at http://compadre.org/Physlets. This new edition is compatible with Java 6 and 7 and offers improved speed and security.
  This new partnership with ComPADRE also allows us to update materials and therefore provide the best materials to teachers and students. Housing the material on ComPADRE also lowers the barrier for adoption, since these materials are now available under a Creative Commons open source license.


Section News

Fall Meeting
                      Hawaii Section Fall Meeting
                      August 24, 2013, Chaminade
                      Email:                       James Redmond
                    To list your section meeting in the AAPT Calendar of Events, e-mail the information to mgardner@aapt.org. See the December 2012 Section News.                   


APS Excellence in Physics Education Award

Nominations are being solicited through August 1 for the APS Excellence in Physics Education Award. The criteria state that "the award recognizes and honors a team or group of individuals (such as a collaboration), or exceptionally a single individual, who have exhibited a sustained commitment to excellence in physics education." More information and nomination guidelines.


Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards are now available on the NGSS website. AAPT is reviewing the standards and will provide commentary in a few weeks.


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.


ASU Modeling Workshops in Physics and Chemistry

Four Modeling Workshops (June 10-28, June 17-28, July 1-19) for high school physics, chemistry, and physical science teachers nationwide are offered by Arizona State University in Tempe. The program can lead to a Master of Natural Science degree. Low-cost family housing is available. Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program by the U.S. Department of Education.
                      More information. Workshop descriptions.                   



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