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eNNOUNCER October 2013


Albert Allen BartlettRemembering Albert Allen Bartlett


AAPT joins the University of Colorado - Boulder and family of Al Bartlett, past AAPT President, in mourning his death on September 7, 2013.  Those who know him and his work may want honor him by introducing friends and students to his website. Read more »


AAPT National Executive Board Election

The election of officers for AAPT Executive Board service  beginning in 2014 is in progress until midnight (eastern  time) November 4.  This is a totally electronic election. If your membership was current as of  August 31 2013 and you  have an email address on record, the information  with instructions on how to access the ballot and vote electronically arrived  via your email box. If you don't have an email address, your instructions on  how to vote electronically were mailed to you in September.  Read about positions up election.   Nominations are open for the 2014 election. Get the  nomination form.


2014 AAPT Winter Meeting

Registration will open in early October for the 2014 AAPT Winter  Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Join us, January 4-7th,  as we launch our new 4-day meeting which will consist over over 70  sessions, 30 workshops and tutorials, and much more. Register now to take  advantage of the Early Bird pricing. To learn more and register,  please visit the meeting website to learn more. Book your hotel accommodations today! Space is limited.
                    To view photos from the 2013 Summer Meeting in Portland click here.


Refer-A-Friend, Win An AMEX Gift Card

Who knew referring friends could be so easy?  Once you've registered, when you refer friends and colleagues, and they also register for the 2014 AAPT Winter Meeting, you'll be rewarded with an AMEX gift card.  Click here for more details and the complete rules.

AAPT 2012 Annual Report

The report serves as a yearbook, providing a snapshot of the Association for 2012. Read more »


2014 F=ma Contest Open

Each year, AAPT and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) sponsor a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the 2014 International Physics Olympiad. The mission of the U.S. Physics Team Program is to promote and demonstrate academic excellence through preparation for and participation in the International Physics Olympiad. Register online »


Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers

AAPT offers scholarships for future high school  physics teachers. These scholarships, supported by an endowment funded by  Barbara Lotze, are available only to U.S. citizens attending U.S. schools. Applications will be accepted at any time and will be considered for  recommendation to the Executive Board at each AAPT Winter Meeting. All  applications with all materials, including letters of recommendation, received by December 1, will be considered for recommendation at the winter meeting of the AAPT Executive Board.
                      Read more.                   

Melba Newell Phillips Medal Fund

The Melba Newell Phillips Medal Fund honors the life and legacy of Melba Newell Phillips, the first female president of AAPT. Your donations will help to endow the Medal established in her honor and recognize AAPT's next generation of leaders.

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 December 1.

Save the Date

The annual AAPT/APS Physics Department Chairs Conference will be held in College Park, MD June 6-8, 2014.  More details about the conference will be available in December or January.
An NSF-funded conference on Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences will take place March 14-16, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Details about the conference will be available later this fall.

Registration for TARC 2014 is now open!

Are you up for the challenge of building a rocket that can safely carry two raw eggs to a precise altitude of 825 in a total flight time of 48-50 seconds? Check out the full rules for more details on this year’s challenge. The 2014 Application Packet is now posted on www.rocketcontest.org. If you have any questions about forming a team or filling out the packet please don’t hesitate to email me at anne.ward@aia-aerospace.org.


Third Conference on the Physics of Sustainable Energy: Using Energy Efficiently and Producing It Renewably

March 8, 2014 - March 9, 2014 at University of California, Berkeley
                    This conference will be an intense weekend short  course to enhance the background of physical scientists, especially early-career  scientists, who want to work on applied energy topics. The main audience will  be physics professors, post-docs and graduate students. Read more »


Accelerators and Beams, Tools of Discovery and Innovation, 4th edition (2013)

Accelerators and Beams is an excellent resource for explaining to students how physics affects our lives.  It shows career opportunities that are not widely known and can encourage students to study physics.This 36-page illustrated booklet explains accelerators and beams in simple language. The booklet is published by the APS Division of Physics of Beams.  Review it on-line, http://www.aps.org/units/dpb.  A limited number of hard copies are available at no charge.  Contact Ernie Malamud,  malamud@foothill.net


Workshop for New Physics and Astronomy Faculty
                      New Faculty Workshop Set for November

The New Faculty Workshop will be held November 7-10, in College Park, MD. The NSF-funded workshop introduces new physics and astronomy faculty members to effective teaching and learning methods, grant-writing, time management, and other professional skills. More information about the workshop is available online.

Help  Us Hold the Line on your Membership Dues!

It seems the news of postal  increases happen with increasing frequency. In fact, postage in a major expense  for member services.  You  can help us hold the line on postage expenses and resulting dues increases by  renewing your membership online when you receive the first notice.   Also by keeping your contact information current.  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.

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.                   


Free Internship Job Posting on AAPT Career Center

AAPT has an online jobsite that offers free 60-day internship job postings.  To post internships online at AAPT visit http://jobs.aapt.org/
Locate the best fit for your organization by reaching the future of the science community – AAPT members.  Free internship postings are valid on 60-day online-postings; valid intern-level opportunities are defined as limited-term (up to 12 weeks) employment for current undergraduates or recent bachelor degree recipients with financial compensation (if any) in the form of a modest salary or stipend. "Internship" Job Level must be selected when posting to access this offer.


Social Media @ AAPT

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Teaching Sustainability in Physics

Sustainability in physics can be a great way to link standard physics concepts to topics applicable to the real world and of interest to students.  ComPADRE had developed a new set of tools to use in your classroom.
                      Read more.


Section News

October (Fall) Meetings

Southern Ohio Section
                      Oct 5, 2013 
                      University of Cincinnati
                      Cincinnati, OH 
                      Email: Kathleen  Harper 
 Michigan Section
                      Oct 11, 2013 - Oct 12,  2013 
                      Kirtland Community College
                      Roscommon, MI 
                      Email: Mike  Faleski 
 Appalachian Section
                      Oct 18, 2013 - Oct 19,  2013                        
                      Marshall University
                      Huntington, WV 
                      Email: Maria  Babiuc-Hamilton or Email: Greg Puskar 
 Ohio Section
                      Oct 19, 2013 - Oct 19,  2013 
                      Lorain County Community College
                      Elyria, OH 
                      Email: Myra West 
 Western Pennsylvania Section
                      Oct 19, 2013 
                      Gannon University
                      Erie, PA 
                      Email: Dyan  Jones 
 Wisconsin Section
                      Oct 25, 2013 - Oct 26,  2013 
                      University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
                      Eau Claire, WI 
                      Email: Matt Evans 
 Arkansas-Oklahoma-Kansas  Section
                      Oct 25, 2013 - Oct 26,  2013                        
                      Butler Community College
                      El Dorado, KS 
                      Email: Anne  Gillis 
North Carolina Section
                      Oct 25, 2013 - Oct 26,  2013 
                      18th Annual Fall Meeting held jointly with SACS-AAPT and SPS 
                      Furman University
                      Greenville, SC 
                      Email: Mario  Belloni 
 Southern Atlantic Coast Section
                      Oct 25, 2013 - Oct 26,  2013                        
                      Furman Universtiy
                      Greenville, SC 
                      Email: Paige  Ouzts or Email: David  Moffett 
 Missouri Section
                      Oct 26, 2013 - Oct 26,  2013                        
                      Lincoln University
                      Jefferson City, MO 
                    Email: James Borgwald
                    To list your section meeting in the AAPT Calendar of Events, e-mail the information to mgardner@aapt.org. See the July 2012 Section News.


Short Course on Nuclear Weapon Issues in the 21st Century

Sponsors: American Physical Society Forum on Physics/Society & GWU Elliot School - Date: November 2–3, 2013 (Saturday/Sunday)
                    The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Washington, DC International experts will give the technical background to understand the issues. The cost is $100 for 24 talks, a 400-page book, 2 lunches, plus $30 for the banquet (first 70).  Information/registration at www.aps.org/units/fps/meetings/nucwpissues/. Contact dhafemei@calpoly.edu (805-544-5096) for more details.


National Nuclear Science Week (NNSW)

Join the celebration to focus local, regional and national interest on all aspects of nuclear science, will be recognized for the fourth year on October 21-25, 2013. www.nuclearscienceweek.org/


Conference Frontiers in Mathematics and Science Education Research

Science Education Research Group at the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), in partnership with the European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education (EJSME), is pleased to announce the second international conference on mathematical and natural sciences education; Frontiers in Mathematics and Science Education Research 2014 (FISER’14).    The conference will be held in Famagusta, north Cyprus, on 1-3 May 2014.  Read more »


Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level teachers to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to four months abroad.  Read more »


Honeywell and NASA Launch Hip-Hop Physics Show for Middle School Students

To learn more about FMA Live! visit the new FMALive.com website, which includes National Science Standards-based teaching resources, downloadable streaming videos, music from the show, and a comprehensive educational guide with lesson plans. Whether combined with the live show or used separately, the site contains a lasting set of tools to support the Forces and Motion curriculum, a vital building block of physics and engineering education.



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In this issue

  • Winter Meeting
  • Win a Card
  • 2012 Annual Report
  • 2014 F=ma Contest
  • Scholarships
  • Phillips Fund
  • Bauder Endowment
  • Save the Date
  • TARC
  • Sustainability Conference
  • Accelerator Booklet
  • New Faculty Workshop
  • Membership
  • Career Learning Center
  • Free Job Posting
  • Social Media
  • ComPADRE
  • Section News
  • Short Course
  • NNSW
  • Science Conference
  • Fullbright Awards
  • FMALive website

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Libertyville High School teacher finalist for state honor


Libertyville High School Physics Teacher Mark Buesing is of 11 finalists for the prestigious Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Teacher of the Year Award.
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Irondequoit teacher uses many methods to make physics fun


You know you’re on to something when your YouTube videos are more popular than those of cute kitties. The video-sharing website’s “education” category gets more views monthly than the “pets and animals” category, according to a spokeswoman for the channel. Dan Fullerton, an Irondequoit High School teacher, is featured prominently on the channel, which is known as YouTube EDU.
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