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Call for Papers

2018 Winter Meeting: January 6-9 — San Diego, California


Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Aftermath of the Eclipse

Did you, or your college do anything special for the August 21st, 2017 Great American Eclipse? Please share your experiences in this session as we hear about interesting public outreach, research, and community events in the aftermath of the Eclipse.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

PhysTec in 50 States

The session celebrates the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) which now has sites in all 50 US states. The session will present talks from current and legacy site leaders, teachers-in-residence, and teacher graduates. Talk on all segments of the PhysTEC project are encouraged.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

A Classroom Activity That Engages Your Students

Do you have an classroom activity that engages/excites your students? Shared it with the broader AAPT community so that others can learn about what works for you! These activities could be 5 minutes long to a whole week. You have great ideas now share them!

Physics of Hobbies

Do you surf, sail, fly, glide, play a musical instrument, take pictures, launch rockets or have some other cool hobby? Is there some cool physics behind that hobby? Share your hobby and the cool physics behind it by contributing to the Physics of Hobbies session.

Issues for Adjunct Faculty

(Committee on Professional Concerns)

The level of full-time and part-time positions in our departments affect lives of permanent and adjunct colleagues and the capabilities of our departments. There is a wide range of perspectives and studies that bear on this important matter involving both the factual situation and what is possible for improvement. Papers are invited that focus on defining, describing, and dealing with issues involving the use of part-time Physics positions. If you have questions, feel free to contact the organizer.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

Student Assessment through Lab Practicum

Assessment in a high school physics classroom can take on many forms, but even as curriculum evolves and technology improves, many still assess using a bubble-in form or short answer type test. This session will provide alternatives to the traditional testing environment, with ideas on how to assess using a lab practicum.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Climate Change

Educators are encouraged to contribute talks on work they are doing to inform their students and the public about the issues involved in climate change. The session will be anchored by invited talks given by scientists involved current research in climate change.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

K-12 PER

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

If you conduct research on the learning of physics concepts by K-12 students, please submit an abstract for this session.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

PER on Teacher Professional Development

(Committee on Teacher Preparation)

The session invites contributions about research into physics teacher professional development including work evaluating teacher professional development programs and teacher support and induction networks.

Committee on Laboratories

Labs for Creativity and Invention in a High-Tech World

(Committee on Apparatus)

Labs provide a unique opportunity for students to work as a team in a creative way and go beyond the traditional physics lab demonstrations. This session addresses new approaches linking physics to technology and invention. This includes modern devices, like iPhone, arduino and apps. How to rely on physical insights, intuition and serendipity to solve practical problems that can improve people's life and their perceptions of physics? If you are involved in this kind of challenge, share your experience and vision with us!

Committee on Educational Technologies

Using Action Cameras to Teach and Learn Physics

Action Cameras are nearly unbreakable and have features like high-speed video, accelerometer and GPS. Teachers use them for educational videos in contexts like parachute jumps, students document their lesson process, and education researchers gather video data even in the difficult lightning/audio situation of classrooms. Do you use Action Cams in your teaching or research? Please share your experience!

Committee on Research in Physics Education

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations: Whats New? ILDs Using Clickers and Video Analysis

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Contributed papers on the use of ILDs at the college, university and high school level are encouraged.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

21st Century Physics in the High School Classroom

We are well into the 21st century. In his session, we present and discuss the exciting physics since 2000 and how to bring it to our students.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Effective Uses of IT in Undergraduate and K12 Labs

(Committee on Laboratories)

This session invites papers concerning innovative use of information technology in K12 and undergraduate educational laboratories including but not limited to collaborative electronic logbooks and report writing, data acquisition and information sharing via wireless mobile devices and audience response systems, and integration of laboratory preparation, activities, and assessments with learning management systems. How is information technology transforming your educational laboratory experience?

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

State of on-line Physics Courses & Building Online Communities of Learning

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

This session invites presentations concerning blended and fully on-line courses in physics at the introductory, intermediate, or advanced level. What are the affordances and limitations of on-line learning environments for physics education? What challenges have been addressed and which remain?

Committee on Women in Physics

Diversity Along Multiple Dimensions

(Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges)

Diversity in Physics classrooms is often thought of in terms of ethnicity and binary gender. However, we have many other populations such as first-in-family, veterans, parents/caregivers, non-cis/het, full-time wage earners, differently-abled, homeless, food insecure, immigrants, international students, undocumented, and returning students who face certain challenges in our classes. This session will start discussions on how to best serve these students.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Addressing Diversity in Science Museums

(Committee on Women in Physics)

This session will focus on the intersection of science museums and diversity. How can science museums represent the diversity of the science community? How can science museums address and support a diverse audience? Share your experiences as a museum educator, consumer of science museums or researcher examining diversity in the science museum context.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Teaching Ideas for Upper Division Courses

Do you have a unique or innovative way of teaching a particular topic in an upper-division physics course? Now is your chance to share your ideas with interested colleagues.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Low-Cost Sensors and Detectors for Labs

Come and share your best ideas for making and/or using low cost sensors and detectors as part of your laboratory curriculum.

Building Online Communities of Learning

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

The internet provides many platforms for instructors to interact with students and for students to interact with each other, building communities that are unique to an online setting. For this session, we invite contributed talks describing methods and tools used by instructors or students to build and maintain online learning communities, and observations of the outcomes of such communities.

Committee on the Interests of Senior Physicists

Remembering Tony French

(Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics)

Tony French was a legendary physics professor at MIT for over 50 years, as well as a textbook author, active member of the Manhattan Project and a mentor and friend to many of us. Papers will share highlights of Tony's career and contribution to the international physic community.

Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics

Science and the Great War: On the Centenary of World War I

One hundred years ago, the "War to End All Wars" finally drew to a close. World War I, though often also dubbed the "Chemist's War," had far reaching effects on many scientific disciplines. This session invites contributions related to science and WWI, such as the role of science in the war or the war's effect on science and/or individual scientists.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Integrating Computational Thinking into High School Physics

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

The US lags behind developed nations in student STEM achievement, affecting our economic competitiveness. Despite the urgent need for a workforce skilled in the use of computational tools, relevant learning experiences are not accessible to most students. Teacher preparation and engaging curricula for use in the HS classroom, especially curricula that integrate physics with computational modeling are lacking. This session will explore ways that we can leverage the connections between computer science and the physical sciences to enhance students' computational thinking skills.

Committee on International Physics Education

Teaching and Learning Physics in a Second Language

(Committee on Diversity in Physics)

Changes in immigration patterns, increased refugee migration, and other factors resulting in international movement have led to an increase in linguistic diversity within physics classrooms. The purpose of this session is to discuss the unique opportunities, as well as some challenges, that arise from the teaching and learning of physics in another language. We invite abstracts that address this topic from the perspectives of those teaching physics in a language different from their native language, those teaching physics to students whose native language is different than the language of instruction, and those learning physics in a language different from their native language. We encourage discussion of both spoken and signed languages.

History of Physics and Physics Education Research in Latin America

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

The National Society of Hispanic Physicists, the Committee of International Physics Education, and the Committee on Research in Physics Education are organizing a session “History of Physics and Physics Education Research in Latin America”. We are soliciting papers in the history of physics or PER in Latin America. Please consider contributing and sharing your experience in this session.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Rocketry: Past and Future

(Committee on Space Science and Astronomy)

Few topics evoke the excitement of Physics more than rockets. The Rocketry: Past and Future invited/contributed session seeks to explore rockets big and small, and their relevance to society, history and the physics classroom. Come share your rocket science and rocket related curriculum.

Controlled Fusion

(Committee on Modern Physics)

Nuclear fusion releases an enormous amount of energy using fuels that are safe, clean and abundant, but we have not yet been able to replicate controlled fusion here on Earth. Please contribute to this session with presentations about how you have introduced fusion in your classroom or dealt with challenges of creating the extreme environments needed to contain fusion reactions.

Committee on Graduate Education in Physics

New Developments in Graduate Core Courses and Graduate Education

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

This session focuses on physics education research conducted primarily at the graduate level. This is a broad topic including but not limited to development of assessments, evaluation of curricula, research on student learning, attitudes, persistence, as well as interventions designed to help improve graduate student success and learning in graduate coursework and beyond.

Committee on Women in Physics

The Flipped Classroom

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

A flipped classroom is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space. This leaves the classroom space to develop concepts, ideas and apply them with changing roles for both the students and the teacher. We are interested in flipped learning successes and needed supports for the educator.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Physics of Sailing

(Committee on Graduate Education in Physics)

Invited/Contributed Session of the Physics of Sailing

Teaching Students to Identify Pseudoscience

(Committee on Space Science and Astronomy)

We invite submissions from those who include specific instruction in their educational activities related to identifying and exposing pseudoscientific thinking. Examples may include specific instruction on characteristics of pseudoscience, developing and using critical thinking to refute pseudoscientific claims and understanding the cultural impact of pseudoscience on students and the public at large.

Keeping it Real: Recognizing Physics Outside the Classroom

(Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education)

We desire presentations about: 1. grand scale physics activities outside the classroom, whether in hallways, soccer fields, or front lawns. 2. physics outreach programs in informal settings, such as festivals, after school programs, museums, which can be rewarding, but at the same time challenging. Bring your success stories and challenges to this invited/contributed session.

Committee on Women in Physics

Gender Bias in Teaching Evaluations, Recommendations and Recognition

(Committee on Professional Concerns)

This session invites papers which explore the questions of prevalence of implicit gender bias in student teaching evaluations, recommendation letters and recognition of achievements of women in academia, particularly in Physics and other STEM fields. The session will explore questions such as: Does the gender of the instructor significantly bias the teaching evaluations? Is there implicit gender bias in the letters of recommendation written for candidates for jobs, promotions, awards etc? Does gender play a role in the adequate recognition of contributions in collaborative work? The session will also explore whether attributing the accomplishments of women in STEM fields to perceived preferential treatment plays a role in reinforcing stereotypes of women as inherently less qualified.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Physics for Life Sciences: Advanced Courses

The introductory physics course for life and health science is a critically important one. But there are advanced courses in the life sciences where physics plays an essential role in analyzing, predicting and explaining biological phenomena and processes. Please consider contributing a poster on your experience teaching advanced courses at the intersection of biology and physics.

New Trends in IPLS Resources and Pedagogy

If you have developed new curricular materials, new labs, new assessment instruments, or instructional strategies for an Introductory Physics course geared to the Life Science student population, please share your materials, activities, or strategies by contributing to this session.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Effective Practices in Educational Technology

Contributors are invited to present effective practices for use of modern classroom technologies at this session. If you have a particularly effective use of classroom technology, please contribute a talk about it!

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Drones: New Policies, New Applications

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, are an integral part of research and educational activities at many schools. The new FAA policies have changed the situation for many early adopters. Contributions are sought from those who have either successfully or unsuccessfully transitioned to the new policies, as well as from those who can share applications of drones in their programs.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Physics of Mars Exploration

The Mars 2020 rover is the next step in NASA's work to establish the habitability of Mars both in the past and for the future. This session will focus on the physics behind this work and how it might be presented to students at the K-20 level.

Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education

PTRA: Learning on the Edge

Where learning takes place is not in the clear, concise easy to understand lesson. It is in the lesson where the student feels uncomfortable, awkward, uneasy.The edge is when the student knows they must learn because they don't understand and the best learning takes place.


SPS Undergraduate Research and Outreach Poster Session

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) invites undergraduate students to share their research work or outreach efforts in poster format.

SPS Undergraduate Oral Talks

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) invites undergraduate students to present research work or outreach efforts.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Physics of Mars Exploration

Twenty years ago, Mars Pathfinder began its explorations of the Martian surface. This session focuses on the Mars 2020 mission and how the principles of physics have supported the aerial and surface exploration of the Red Planet.


Session for Paul Doherty

Please submit invited papers only.