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eNNOUNCER March 2013


AAPT 2013 Summer Meeting

Get ready for the 2013 AAPT Summer Meeting in Portland, Oregon, July 13-17, 2013! Join us for five days of professional development provided through 100+ workshops, panels, sessions, and activities. AAPT Summer Meeting 2013 logoThis is the perfect opportunity to network with fellow physics educators, while catching up with friends. Registration will open in April. We’ll also be offering a Refer-A-Friend promotion for a chance to win a new Kindle. More details coming soon!

It is not too late to submit a post-deadline abstract for the summer meeting.

Learn more about the 2013 AAPT Summer Meeting today!

Save the Date:
Winter Meeting 2014, January 4-7 (Orlando, Florida)
2014 Summer Meeting, July 26-30 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Einstein's 133rd Birthday

15 great quotes on his birthday
                      March 14, (3.14) is Albert Einstein's birthday.  The Nobel Prize winning physicist would be 133 years old this year.


Read all 15 quotes and enjoy a piece of your favorite pie at 3:14 pm on 3.14. Happy Birthday Albert!

Lillian Christie McDermott Recognized with AAPT's 2013 PhysicsBowlMelba Newell Phillips Medal

The Melba Newell Phillips Medal has been awarded to Lillian C. McDermott, Ph.D., Professor of Physics at the University of Washington, in recognition of her creative leadership and dedicated service that have resulted in exceptional contributions within AAPT.  The Medal will be awarded on Wednesday, July 17, during the AAPT Summer Meeting.

Read more.

Harvey Gould Named as Recipient of thePhysicsBowl2013 Robert A. Millikan Medal

AAPT has announced that Harvey Gould is the 2013 recipient of the Robert A. Millikan Medal. This award recognizes educators who have made notable and creative contributions to the teaching of physics. The Medal will be presented during the AAPT Summer Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Read more.

Workshop for New Physics and Astronomy Faculty Nominations

Physics and astronomy department chairs are invited to nominate new tenure-line faculty members (usually in the first three years of their appointments) for the Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop to be held June 17-20, 2013 at the American Center for Physics. Workshop for New Physics and Astronomy FacultyThis workshop, sponsored jointly by the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society, and the American Astronomical Society with generous funding from NSF and Research Corporation, introduces the participants to effective physics pedagogy and the evidence for that effectiveness. The workshop also hosts sessions on grant writing, time management, and preparing for tenure. The participants or their home institutions are responsible for travel costs to and from ACP.  The workshop’s NSF grant will pay for participants’ food and hotel expenses.

Department chairs may nominate their new faculty members for the workshop by Friday, March 15, 2013. Submit nominations.
Read more about the workshop.

2013 High School Physics Photo Contest Now Open

PhysicsBowlThe 2013 contest is now open to receive submissions. The contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12. Teachers register on the AAPT website and receive a confirmation code that their students can use to submit their entries (essay and photo). Photos may be entered in either the Natural photo or Contrived photo category. The top 100 entries will be displayed and judged during the 2013 Summer Meeting in Portland, Oregon.
Learn more and enter today!

PhysicsBowl Registration Deadline!

PhysicsBowlRegistration is  open for the 2013 PhysicsBowl taking place April 3 - April 17, 2013. The deadline for registration is March 4. Register Now!

F=ma Semifinalists Announced!

U.S. Physics TeamThe semifinalists have been selected from those who took the 2013 F=ma Exam. View the list of semifinalists. The cutoff score to qualify for the semifinal exam is 12.25 on the F=ma exam, teachers will receive an email with a link to view their students scores.
The semifinal exam will be emailed to teachers by March 1st, the dates for the exam to be given are March 4-22, 2013. Semifinal exams are due back at the AAPT office by March 27th.  Congratulations to all of the students and teachers who made the semifinal round!

Physics Department Chairs Conference

May 30-31, 2013
The American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers are pleased to jointly organize the 2013 Physics Department Chairs Conference, May 30 (evening) and 31 (full day) at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD. This conference is one of a series of conferences that have been organized biennially for the past three decades.  Topics of interest to chairs representing the full range of physics departments are planned for this event.  The conference is held jointly with the Distance Education and Online Learning in Physics workshop. Register today!

Distance Education and Online Learning Workshop

June 1-2, 2013
Immediately following the Department Chairs Conference, the Distance Education and Online Learning Workshop on June 1-2 will provide participants a chance to discuss the opportunities and implications of distance education and online learning for the physics community.  Topics will include: MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), Hybrid and Fully Online Courses, The Flipped Classroom, Assessment and Research, and Laboratories.
Participants may register for either or both conferences.
  Register today

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.

The Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment

The Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment provides grants to support special activities in the area of physics teaching. The deadline for applications to request funds is July 1, 2013. Learn more.

Social Media Update

AAPT wants to connect with you on social media!  Stay abreast of the latest AAPT and physics-related news.  We invite you to like us, follow us, connect with us, and pin us. You can find us here:
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Get More From Your Membership!

Most AAPT memberships include current and back issues of American Journal of Physics and The Physics Teacher. You can save and share your favorite articles plus find the answers to the monthly "Figuring Physics." Your Scitation registration and current AAPT membership open the door to your online access. Log into your member record at AAPT.org using your ID and password. You can verify your status from your profile page and use the link provided  to renew your membership, if necessary.  You can get help with your Scitation registration at help@scitation.org. If you have any questions, or concerns or need further assistance, feel free to contact Member Services at 301-209-3333, or by e-mail at membership@aapt.org.




ComPADRE Digital Library


The ComPADRE Digital Library is a network of free online resource collections supporting faculty, students, and teachers in Physics and Astronomy Education.
  Each ComPADRE collection contains a catalog of materials for teaching and learning that are selected by the editors for the target user community. The collections also provide information resources and community collaboration tools to support the needs of our users, usually in collaboration with partner physics and astronomy education projects.
  The ComPADRE collections focus on the needs of specific communities for "high quality" materials selected and organized specifically for their members. These collections "speak the users' language." ComPADRE's central services support these specialized collections, reduce duplication, and provide interoperability and resource sharing. Learn more.


                      Are You a New Physics Teacher? Could You Use a Little Help?

Are you a veteran physics teacher who could mentor a new physics teacher? The AAPT eMentoring program is designed to connect pre-college physics educators in need of additional guidance with experienced pre-college physics educators. Learn more.

Section News

Southern Nevada Spring Meeting
  Mar. 9, 2013, CSN-East Cheyenne Campus, North Las Vegas, NV
  SNAAPT Email: Janelle Bailey
Chicago Section Spring Meeting
    Mar. 16, 2013, Glenbard South High School, Glen Ellyn, IL
Southern Atlantic Coast Section Spring Meeting
  Apr. 5-6, 2013, University of North Georgia-Gainesville, Gainesville, GA
  SACS-AAPT Email: J B Sharma
Western Pennsylvania Section Spring Meeting
   Apr. 6, 2013, California  University of PA, California, PA
  WPAAPT Email: Dyan Jones
New England Section Spring Meeting
   Apr. 12-13, 2013, Milton Academy, Milton, MA
  AAPT-NES Email: David Sturm
Indiana Section Spring Meeting
  Apr. 19-20, 2013, Ivy Tech Community College-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
  INAAPT Email: Elaine Gwinn
North Carolina Section Spring Meeting
   Apr. 19-20, 2013, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  NCSAAPT Email: Mario Belloni
Southern California Section Spring Meeting
  Apr. 20, 2013, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
  SCAAPT Email: Nuria Rodriguez
Missouri Section Spring Meeting
   Apr. 20, 2013, with  Missouri Academy of Science, College of Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO
 Email: John Tansil
Colorado-Wyoming Section Regional Conference
    Apr. 20, 2013,  "Making Physics Fun"
    Valor Christian High School, Highlands Ranch, CO
  COWYAAPT Email: Tom Spicer
Southeastern Pennsylvania Section Spring Meeting
  Apr. 26-27, 2013 with SOS Zone 3: Communicating Physics
  Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Northern California-Nevada Section Spring Meeting
   Apr. 26-27, 2013, Foothill College, Los Altos, CA
  NCNAAPT Email: Lee Trampleasure

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.


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.


2013 PhysTEC Conference

Preparing the Next Generation of Physics Teachers
                      March 16-17, 2013 in Baltimore, MD

                      Registration is now open for the 2013 annual conference. This year's opening plenary will be given by Richard Steinberg, Program Director of Science Education at City College of New York and author of An Inquiry Into Science Education, Where the Rubber Meets the Road. Additional plenary speakers include Michael Marder, University of Texas at Austin, and Catherine Good, Baruch College. In collaboration with the American Chemical Society, the conference will also feature sessions on chemistry teacher preparation. The 2013 conference is being held in conjunction with the American Physical Society March Meeting. Get  more information and register.


Free Online Workshops To Enhance NSF Educational Proposals and Projects - Register Now!

Are you interested in giving your faculty a competitive edge in writing proposals for educational research and development projects such as those supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) Program (formerly the Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) Program) or for research projects with significant educational components (e.g., the BRIGE and CAREER programs)? Then you will want to make arrangements for them to participate as a group in one or more of the 21 upcoming NSF sponsored Interactive Web-based Workshops (presented by the Virtual Faculty Collaborative) all of which will be presented by former NSF Program Directors in the Division of Undergraduate Education. Read more.


World Physics Olympiad

Beat the Champion, a secondary school level individual physics competition is a unique competition. This competition will last for a full year in three rounds:
                      1. Selection round
                      2. Discussion round
                      3. Final round
                    The first deadline for the submission of the solutions is 3rd April (later submission will incur a reduction of points). There will be also 5 short but difficult problems, published monthly, starting with March. More information.


PKAL Summer Leadership Institute

Applications Due March 27
                      Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado Institute I: July 23–28, 2013 Institute II: July 30–August 4, 2013 The PKAL Summer Leadership Institute is designed for both early and mid-career STEM faculty engaged in efforts related to transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms, departments, and institutions. Read more.                   


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. Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program by the U.S. Department of Education.
                      More information. Workshop descriptions.


2013 U.S. Professors of the Year

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently kicked off the nomination period for the 2013 U.S.Professors of the Year awards.  Since 1981, the annual program has honored a select group of U.S. professors who excel as educators and influence the lives and careers of their students. It is the only national initiative designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.  The deadline for 2013 program entries is April 15. More information.


Physics Teachers Needed in Northern Uganda

Opportunities are available to tutor or teach students that were forced to be child soldiers, girls that were forced to be sex slaves or those that were orphaned by the war waged by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). These youth have missed years of school. No worries about safety there now: It has been peaceful for the last five years. The first goal is to see that these youth can pass the National Examination and perhaps get a scholarship to college so that they can build a future for themselves. Second goal is to ignite a passion for the sciences.
                    More information.                   


Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) Free Residential Summer Program

The Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) free residential summer program for science teachers and high school students is accepting applications for summer 2013.  Applications are due by April 5, 2013.
                      Learn more and apply online.



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