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eNNOUNCER May 2013


2013 Summer Meeting - Early Bird Rates End Soon!

AAPT Summer Meeting 2013 logoRegister today to take advantage of the Early Bird rates and save over $300!  With the summer meeting less than 3 months away, it's time to start planning your trip to Portland! Join us for a meeting filled with something for everyone!  There will be opportunities for professional development, speed networking for early career professionals, along with numerous social events.  This is the perfect chance to network with fellow physics educators from around the world.
                    A sample of thought provoking sessions include:

  • Best Practices in Ed Tech sessions (I and II)

  • PER:  Reasoning and Topical Understanding

  • Innovations in Teaching High School Astronomy

  • Poster Sessions on Astronomy, Life Science Majors, Labs and Apparatus, Lecture/Classroom and Physics Education Research

  • SPS Undergraduate Research and Outreach Poster Session

Act fast! The Early Bird Deadline is now Friday, May 10, 2013!
Learn more about the 2013 AAPT Summer Meeting and register today!
                      Save the Date:
                      Winter Meeting 2014, January 4-7 (Orlando, Florida)
                    Summer Meeting 2014, July 26-30 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)


Refer-A-Friend, Win A Kindle

The Refer-A-Friend contest runs until June 6, 2013. After you've registered, simply refer a friend or colleague to join you at the AAPT Summer Meeting and you'll receive one entry to win a new Kindle!  In order to receive an entry, your referral must forward their confirmation email showing full conference registration, at the member or nonmember rate, to programs@aapt.org along with your name within the body of the email. You can refer as many colleagues as you'd like and you'll receive an entry for each qualified referral. For additional information, visit the conference registration page.


Melba Newell Phillips Medal Fundraiser Celebration

Tickets are now available for Melba Newell Phillips Medal Fundraiser Celebration on July 13, 2013, during the summer meeting.  This event will honor of the life and legacy of Melba Newell Phillips.  Melba Phillips was the first female president of AAPT.  Her service to AAPT was long and varied, including a stint as Acting Executive Officer of AAPT from 1975-77. 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. A portion of the ticket cost is tax deductible. Learn more and purchase tickets for the Melba Newell Phillips Medal Fundraiser Celebration.


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.                   


2013 High School Physics Photo Contest

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. Deadline for entries is May 15, 2013.
                      Learn more and enter today!


Reminder to Submit an Entry to the Apparatus Competition

The AAPT Apparatus Competition recognizes, rewards, and publicizes worthwhile contributions to physics teaching through lecture demonstrations, instructional laboratory equipment, and interactive exhibits. The Competition is held annually during AAPT's summer meeting and is open to all members with entries targeting all levels of physics education from K-12 to undergraduates to the general public.
                      See the entry selection criteria. Entrants must notify the Apparatus Competition Director Brian Andersson (banders@physics.umn.edu) by June 1, 2013 of their intention to enter the 2013 Apparatus Competition and any services required to display their apparatus.
                      More information and entry form.                   


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.

Hashim A. Yamani Membership Scholarships

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. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2013. Read more!

Melba Newell Phillips Medal Endowment

We are seeking contributions to grow the The Melba Newell Phillips Medal Endowment. Melba Phillips was one of AAPT’s most active members and visionary leaders. The Medal was established in 1981 by a core group of AAPT members who wanted special recognition to be given to AAPT members who have demonstrated creative leadership and dedicated service that resulted in exceptional contributions to AAPT much like that given by Melba. The recipient delivers an address at the AAPT Meeting at which the award is presented. Continue Phillips' legacy and the recognition of AAPT’s next generation of leaders by giving to the Melba Newell Phillips Medal Endowment.

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

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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.




Course Curriculum Using ComPADRE Personal Folders

Did you know that registered members of ComPADRE (registration is easy and free) have personal collections they can collect, organize, store, and share the educational materials of most interest to them? One noteworthy personal collection is "Astronomy 105" created by Mario Belloni of Davidson College.
                      Astronomy Course Curriculum Personal Folders Using ComPADREMario built a collection that contains Open Source Physics simulations and activities that support a full semester's introductory astronomy course, pulling together materials written by himself, Todd Timberlake of Berry College, Wolfgang Christian of Davidson College, and other OSP authors. As a ComPADRE member, logged in to any ComPADRE collection, you can get started by "Saving" any resource you find in ComPADRE. Going to your "Filing Cabinet" will allow you to organize and annotate your collection as you wish and link to anything on the web.


Section News

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.                   


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.


Physics and Engineering Teaching Opportunities — Summer 2013

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking enthusiastic instructors for their summer programs for gifted elementary, middle, and high school students. CTY offers intense, 3-week academic programs for highly talented students from across the country and around the world. CTY staff work with exceptional students, make contacts and friendships with dynamic colleagues, and gain valuable teaching experience in a rigorous academic setting. Courses are offered in physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, and field sciences. Find full course descriptions, job descriptions, and applications online.


New MIT Online Physics Course to Provide Continuing Education Credit

American Association of Physics Teachers offers 8 CEU’s for course participants
                      Mechanics ReView, a new Massive Open Online Course offered by MIT on the edX platform this summer will offer eight Continuing Education Units through a collaboration with the American Association of Physics Teachers. The credits will be available at a cost of approximately $250.  Massive Open Online Courses  (MOOCs) have been hailed for their ability to provide education flexibly to thousands of learners at a time but  In most cases have not provided formal recognition for participation.
                      Mechanics ReView was developed out of a three-week January review of classical mechanics offered to MIT students who struggled in MIT’s first semester physics course, 8.01 Classical Mechanics.  The course is designed for learners with a previous exposure to classical Newtonian mechanics, and uses rigorously designed assessments and a unique pedagogical approach to help learners develop confidence in their ability to solve physics problems using a structured approach. Learn more and register.


Introductory Physics I with Laboratory

Michael F. Schatz
                      Explore motion in the real world using modern tools and techniques (video capture and analysis, computer modeling) guided by fundamental physics principles.
                      Workload: 10-14 hours/week
                      Next Session:  May 20th 2013 (11 weeks long)
                      This is an online course.                     
  Learn more and register.                   


OSTI Launches SciTech Connect, Consolidates Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has launched SciTech Connect, a new portal to free, publicly available DOE research and development (R&D) results. SciTech Connect incorporates the contents of two of the most popular core DOE collections and employs an innovative semantic search tool enabling scientists, researchers and the scientifically-attentive public to retrieve more relevant information. OSTI plans to gradually phase out its current DOE Information Bridge and Energy Citations products and replace them with the improved search interface of SciTech Connect. Connect now.           


Meggers Project Award

Call For Nominations
                      Do you have innovative ideas for a project that would engage high-school students in the study of physics? Consider applying for a Meggers Project Award to receive up to $20,000 to support your project.
                      The William F. and Edith R. Meggers Project Award of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a biennial award designed to fund projects for the improvement of high-school physics teaching, to raise the level of interest in physics and boost the quality of physics education in the United States.
                      Awards range from $5,000 to $20,000 depending on scope; one to three awards are generally made each cycle. Preference is given to the proposals that directly involve pre-college teachers and/or students.  Application deadline is May 30, 2013.
  More information.


SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA) Cycle 2

NASA’s SOFIA mission is pleased to announce SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA) Cycle 2 team applications are due May 3, 2013, via SETI Institute or SOFIA Science Center.

  • This unique opportunity to be a part of astronomy research in action is open to formal and informal educators.
  • Two member educator teams must have at least one grade 6 - 12 science teacher. The second team member may also be a math, science or technology teacher at elementary or secondary level, a community college instructor, or an informal educator.
  • Cycle 2 science flights will take January - December 2014.  Most of the teams will be flying during the school year.

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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