eNNOUNCER July 2016


AAPT Code of Conduct

You may have read recently in the June 2016 Physics Today (pp. 30-32) and in the news about harassment issues at professional society meetings. In light of these discussions, the AAPT Board of Directors and Executive Office affirms that the Association expects the highest level of professional behavior of everyone at its meetings and events. We all want AAPT meetings and workshops to be productive and welcoming for all and that means we all need to treat each other with respect and dignity. If you experience any unethical behavior or see such behavior directed towards someone else at the meeting, you may report that behavior to one of the AAPT staff so that appropriate action can be taken. AAPT will soon release a formal Code of Conduct and lay out the details of procedures to be followed in case violations of that Code are reported.

2016 AAPT Summer Meeting, Sacramento

The summer meeting program preview is now available online. Click here to view program.

High School Teachers Day
A special day has been prepared on Monday, July 18 for high school physics teachers that have never attended a national AAPT Meeting. Qualified teachers will receive a discounted registration fee of $85. Please click here for more information.

Award Winners
Paul W. Zitzewitz Award for Excellence in K-12 Physics Teaching - Tom Erekson
David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching - Andrew Gavrin
Robert A. Millikan Medal - Stephen M. Pompea
Klopsteg Memorial Award - Margaret Wertheim

Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguised Service Award
AAPT has announced that the Summer 2016 recipients of the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguised Service to AAPT will be awarded to Stephen Kanim, Kevin Lee, Dan MacIsaac, Mel Sebella, Kathleen Falconer

Plenary Speakers
Neil Gershenfeld , Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms
David Reitze , Executive Director, LIGO Laboratory

AAPT Privacy Statement

AAPT has added an updated privacy statement to its website. A link to the document can be found at the bottom of each page next to the copyright link and under the About tab in the navigation bar at the top of each page.

AAPT Member Spotlight

Emily Marshman
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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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.

Computational Physics at AAPT Section Meetings

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:

  • to describe a strategy for introducing computation in courses and illustrative materials suggesting how to do so;
  • to help participants envision their own computational educational materials;
  • to formulate individual plans for each to implement these designs as materials in at least one of their upcoming courses; and
  • to introduce them to a local support network to use for mutual collaboration in and support for their implementation efforts after the workshop.
We look forward to hearing from you via the following survey.

AAPT Programs

Getting the most from your Membership

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.

K-12 Lesson Plans based on TPT Articles. A developing library of K-12 lessons plans based on articles previously published in The Physics Teacher is now available to AAPT members at the K-12 Portal on aapt.org. Click Lessons and Resources to find interdisciplinary Lessons from The Physics Teacher.

K-12 Webinars. While you are on the K-12 Lessons and Resources page check out the growing body of content available as Webinars and Associated Resources. New webinars are being held each month so check this page often.

In the News

Help Today's Children Deliver Tomorrows Solutions

Northrop Grumman Foundation is on a mission to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM),apply today for one of five grants of up to $100,000 each available to public middle schools for their very own fabulous school lab makeover. Read more

Mark Misage Recognized with Top Award

AAPT member and Westlake High School teacher Mark Misage has been recognized for being one of the best physics teachers in the country according to the story in the Statesman newspaper.

H.E.B. presented Misage with an Excellence in Education award on May 13 for his “Lifetime Achievement in Teaching” at the company’s annual ceremony in San Antonio.

Last year he was one of five Texas finalists selected for the 2015 “Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science,” in the U.S. Two teachers from each state will be honored by the president for “shaping America’s success through their passion for math and science,” according to President Obama in a press release. Misage went on to say that he never wants students to look at the world the same way again; instead, he wants them to be “life-long learners.”

STEM Faculty Launch Workshop

Learn how to pursue, apply for, and successfully launch your faculty career with the STEM Faculty Launch Workshop, a premier workshop for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers seeking tenure-track positions.

This second annual workshop, based at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), is open to candidates nationwide. Women and traditionally underrepresented minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Participants attend a variety of interactive sessions, present their research to expert faculty, and gain exposure to project-based learning, a hallmark of WPI education.

All invited participants receive funding to cover travel expenses to and from WPI as well as lodging and meals during the workshop.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts September 22-23, 2016 Application Deadline: August 12, 2016


NSF STEM Video Showcase

AAPT members may be interested in participating in the NSF STEM Video Showcase that is now live at http://stemforall2016.videohall.com/

The virtual event features more than 150 short videos highlighting innovative programs and advances in STEM teaching and learning, including 62 initiatives that are specifically focused on science education. Read more

The showcase is free and open to the public.

NOW LIVE! Be part of conversation at the NSF 2016 STEM for ALL Video Showcase - Over 150 3-min videos on innovative work in STEM Education. View, Discuss, and Vote for your favorite! #stemvideohall

NOW LIVE! Be part of conversation at the NSF 2016 #STEMforALL Video Showcase View, Discuss, and Vote! #stemvideohall

"Rising Stars" workshop

The Department of Physics at MIT is inviting top early career women (postdocs and last year PhD students) in Physics and Astronomy who are interested in careers in academia to apply for participation in an expenses-paid, two-day workshop (Oct 19-20, 2016). Participants will have an opportunity to present their research, as well as attend panel discussions with faculty focused on issues related to navigating the early stages of an academic career. The goal of this "Rising Stars" workshop is to foster a new generation of women in academia and promote diversity in the faculty ranks.

Further information regarding eligibility and the application process can be found on the event website . Applications are due by July 15, 2016.

Any questions that you or the applicants may have can be directed to Professor Pablo Jarillo-Herrero via email.

AAPT Member Michael Wittman

AAPT member Michael Wittman has been named to the Board of Trustees of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. Read more.

Faraday’s notebooks

The Royal Institution’s collection of Michael Faraday’s laboratory notebooks have been inscribed on to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register. Read more.

Do you know an OUTSTANDING undergraduate science teacher?

Nominations are now being accepted for the Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award (OUSTA). Presented annually by the Society for College Science Teachers (SCST), this award recognizes the efforts and achievements of an outstanding undergraduate science teacher based on teaching, scholarship and service. The award includes a cash prize and support to attend the 2017 SCST/NSTA National Conference. Faculty or students may make nominations. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Applications are due by July 15, 2016. For more information and application materials, see www.scst.org. For questions, contact the OUSTA committee chair Heather Scherr.

Join us at PhysCon: The 2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress

Help send your students to PhysCon November 3-5, 2016 in Silicon Valley, CA. Renowned speakers include Jocelyn Bell Burnell and S. James Gates. Site tours of SLAC, NASA Ames, and Google X are confirmed. Fundraising kits are available for Society of Physics Students chapters. Don't miss this rare opportunity!

ALPhA Announcements

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.

2. ALPhA Mining Actualization Grants were created by the Jonathan Reichert Foundation to underwrite the construction, testing and dissemination of advanced lab experiments that are closely related to current research in physics. These are first come, first serve equipment grants with a maximum of $2,000 per school. Apply now!

3. The Jonathan Reichert Foundation announced the recipients of its inaugural grant program, supporting the advanced laboratory physics association (ALPhA) immersions. This year, the Foundation funded twelve out of sixteen applications, with a total funding of about $38,000. Congratulations to the individuals and institutions who received grants for advanced labs! Read more.

6th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics

The IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics is held every three years. The next conference will be held July 16 - 20, 2017 at the University of Birmingham (U.K.). Individuals interested in being selected member of the US delegation will need to apply. Information about the application process to be a delegate will be available later this year. Visit www.uswip.org and sites.nationalacademies.org for more info.

APS National Mentoring Community

The American Physical Society (APS) has established the National Mentoring Community (NMC) to provide support to African American, Hispanic American, and Native American students as they navigate the path toward earning an undergraduate degree in physics. Current physics faculty (including those at community and 2-year colleges) who are already mentoring students or are interested in doing so are encouraged to become an NMC mentor today. Learn more and register on the APS website.

Computational Physics Workshop

The Partnership for the Integration of Computation into Undergraduate Physics (PICUP) would like to invite all physics faculty to the following workshop. A week-long (Monday, August 1-Friday, August 5) Faculty Development Workshop will be held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, to facilitate participants to develop their own computational educational materials, and to formulate a plan for implementing these materials in their upcoming courses. All local expenses will be covered for participants at the River Falls Workshop, and there may be some limited funding for round-trip travel to River Falls. See www.gopicup.org for more details on these workshops and other PICUP events.

American Modeling Teachers Association

The American Modeling Teachers Association has already more than 60 workshops planned for the summer. In the workshops, science teachers learn how to use the Modeling pedagogy in their content area. Workshops are offered in physics, 1st and 2nd semester, chemistry, biology, physical science for high school teachers (and others) and a separate workshop for middle school teachers, see attachment.
Please go to:modelinginstruction.org/ or www.phystec.org for the complete list.

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.

Special Short Course on Active Learning in introductory physics

Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning—July 28-30, 2016, Portland, Oregon
Designed for those who teach introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools. Graduate credit will be available through the University of Oregon.* Instructors: Priscilla Laws, Dickinson College, David Sokoloff, University of Oregon, Ronald Thornton, Tufts University. The course fee is $200. (Early bird registration until April 15 is $180.)
* Up to three graduate credits from the University of Oregon will be available for an additional $90/credit. For more information and to Register.

Physics Careers

Jobs Announcements from the Career Center

Assistant Teaching Professor
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Education & Outreach Coordinator
California Institute of Technology

Teaching and Research Support Specialist
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More Physics Resources

What Does ORCID Have to do With Publishing Articles?

ORCID is an acronym which stands for “Open Researcher and Contributor ID,” designed to uniquely identify people involved in research activities. The term is used to refer to both the identifier standard (a 16-character string) as well as the organization which creates these IDs and maintains their registry.

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

Register for your ORCID identifier at orcid.org

Learn more about how ORCID works ( link to: astrobetter.com

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 dwolfe@aapt.org. See the December 2015 Section News.


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