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Call for Papers
2015 Winter Meeting — San Diego, California

January 3 - 6

 

Committee on Research in Physics Education

Broader Perspectives: Electricity and Magnetism Education Research and Innovation

(Committee on International Physics Education)

This is an invited and contributed session designed for reports on investigation or innovative educational approaches on teaching Electricity and Magnetism. We are interested on research approaches and methodologies, perspectives, challenges, and results of studies on the design or use of innovative educational strategies ? for high school or introductory university level ? on the teaching of Electricity and Magnetism. We are also interested on reports in which the context and/or cultural components are emphasized. We invite groups working on Physics Education Research in school systems in North America and abroad.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

SPS Undergraduate and Outreach

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) invites undergraduate students to present research work or outreach efforts. Prizes for outstanding presentations by undergraduates presenting in SPS-sponsored sessions (posters and oral) will be awarded at a reception for undergraduates and their mentors. First author should be the presenter unless otherwise noted on the abstract submission.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Recruiting & Facilitating Alternative Certification of Teachers

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Recruiting potential physics teachers out of undergraduate programs will not meet the growing need of physics teachers in the coming years. Alternative certification programs offer a means of recruiting experienced physicists into the classroom. In this session we explore how these programs prepare professionals from other careers for the physics classroom. The intent is to identify gaps and look at solutions offered by current alternative certification programs.

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET)

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) programs allow in-service teachers to perform cutting edge research with faculty. This session solicits talks from faculty who have participated in or administered an RET program or from teachers who have attended RET programs to provide an overview of the RET experience and information for those who might wish to become involved.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Technology-Enhanced Teaching Environments

While technology can enhance learning, the classroom's design and layout can itself be an integral component of this technology. This session will explore how interactive technology and the classroom environment itself can be integrated to design more effective learning environments.

Committee on Professional Concerns

Facilitating Academic Sabbaticals

I would like to solicit contributed talks on processes involving traditional academic sabbaticals and non-traditional professional development leaves for both TT and non-TT academic faculty.

Committee on Physics in High Schools

The Higgs and My Classroom

The Higgs boson is one of the most significant and best-known scientific discoveries in recent years. We will work together on ways to bring this exciting discovery into high school physics classrooms to help students understand an important new piece of modern physics and support their learning of conservation laws and fields.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Development of Perception of Extraterrestrial Life

(Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics)

Does life exist in the universe beyond Earth? Investigating the possibilities for extraterrestrial life requires extensive knowledge of science, but the topic is fascinating even to those who are not otherwise interested in science. This session will feature discussions of the history and current state of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate, as well as ways of bringing the debate into the physics or astronomy classroom.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Using Social Networking to Enhance Your Physics Class

If you have experience with social networking in your class, please submit a talk for the contributed part of this session, to share your experience with others. Of particular interest are talks detailing uses of social networking that have significantly enhanced the learning experience for students.

Committee on Apparatus

Single Photon Detectors

Instructional labs now allow students to convince themselves -- with real equipment -- of the existence of photons and single-photon interference; to do labs on indistinguishability and the quantum eraser, quantum entanglement and tests of Bell's inequalities, etc. Can the new generation of pedagogical modules provide visualization and tangible proof of the sort needed to help students learn key elements of quantum theory (as well as experimental skills)?

Committee on Educational Technologies

Project Learning Labs for Undergraduate Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Physics

Open labs fostering innovation and entrepreneurship through project-oriented learning complement academic classwork. This session invites papers on innovation centers, fab labs, and entrepreneurship programs serving physics undergraduate and graduate students. How do we encourage, teach, and enable innovation throughout the curriculum? How do we foster transdisciplinary R&D? How do we engage physics students in our local entrepreneurial ecosystems?

Committee on Science Education for the Public

MOOCs as Outreach, Moving towards MOOO

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) generated significant excitement. However, the low completion rates and challenges with funding models have prevented MOOCs from living up to expectations. This session explores the use of MOOCs as high quality outreach experiences, or Massive Online Open Outreach (MOOOs). We invite talks that explore all aspects of this alternative massive online experience.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Teaching Math Methods in the Upper Level UG Physics

Mathematical methods are essentials tools in the skill set of a physicist. These techniques are taught in the core courses and also frequently in a separate course. But what are the mathematical tools that are needed by physicists? How are we teaching these methods? How should we be teaching these? Please submit a poster describing innovations in teaching math methods.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Teaching Sustainability in Non-major Courses

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

An understanding of sustainability, the environment, and climate change is essential to the education of the voting public. But how should we in physics be preparing these future voters and leaders in our non-majors classes? What do they need to know ... to be able to do? How should we be teaching these courses? Please submit a poster on teaching sustainability.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Teaching Advanced and Honors Students

What resources, what learning environments can be used to engage and motivate very good students, particularly in the lower-level curriculum? What do we do if we have an entire class of such students? What can we expect of these students and of our interaction with them? The focus of the session is on students in the first two years.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Exemplary Ways to Prepare Elementary School Teachers to Meet the NGSS Challenge

(Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education)

Most institutions provide elementary teachers a smattering of independent, incoherent, lecture-based science courses. To realize the vision expressed by the Next Generation Science Standards, physics departments need to approach the professional education of future elementary teachers in profoundly different ways than in the past. We seek contributions to this session that illustrate exemplary programs, in which science and engineering practices go hand-in-hand with depth of conceptual understanding.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

K-12 PER

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

If you study how K-12 students learn physics concepts, please submit an abstract for this session.

PER in the Professional Preparation of Teachers

(Committee on Teacher Preparation)

Reports of systematic research investigations regarding the education of prospective and practicing physics teachers.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Effective Practices in Educational Technology

Technology gives physics students new ways to get data, analyze it, and communicate their results; it helps teachers present concepts and perform demonstrations; and it spawns unprecedented logistical nightmares. What does technology make possible? How can it work well in the real classroom? These presentations should best describe new insights into how to use technology effectively to promote student learning.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations ? What?s New? ILDs Using Clickers and Video Analysis

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

This is a call for contributed papers by those who have implemented Interactive Lecture Demonstrations in their introductory physics courses.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Assessing Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) for teaching K-12 physics

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

Effective teachers of physics have a specialized content knowledge for teaching the various topics of the discipline. How do we get access to that knowledge? How do we articulate its various facets? How do we measure it? How do we promote its development? In this session, we seek contributions that will highlight exemplary approaches to defining operationally and assessing this important content knowledge for teaching physics.

Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education

Informal Science Education

(Committee on Science Education for the Public)

Connections between the formal science and informal science. Examples include: the impact of public research money on informal science education, the relationship between organizations (eg APS, AAPT vs ASTC, CAISE), PER: either in an evaluative capacity or as an agent of change, Informal science as a component of STEM recruitment. Also surveys of broad components of the informal science landscape.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Updates and Resources for Introductory Physics for Life Sciences

Activities and progress of the Introductory Physics for Life Sciences (IPLS) community need to be shared, especially in light of the past IPLS Conference, and the Gordon Research Conference in Physics Education: The Complex Intersection of Physics and Biology. Please contribute and share your curricular approaches, materials, and lab activities.

Committee on Diversity in Physics

Recruiting and Retaining Underrepresented Physics Teachers

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Ethnic minorities comprise less than 10% of the total high school physics teaching force, according to AIP data. Contributors to this session should address the causes of this imbalance, and how or whether it can be addressed. Insights into the effects that this demographic imbalance might have in the physics classroom are also welcomed.

Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education

Improving Pedagogy in Pre High School Education

As new standards like the NGSS, CCSS and alternative state initiatives are coming into place, we must reflect on how Middle School Science is currently being taught and how it may need improvement to achieve those standards. To complement our invited speakers we request contributors to describe their efforts aimed at enhancing pedagogy in the Middle School.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Beyond the MOOCs: The Impact of Open Online Courses on Teaching and Education Research

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have generated a great deal of interest in the educational circles over the past few years. This invited/contributed session will reflect on impact of MOOCs (if any) on teaching physics online, in the classroom, or in blended/hybrid learning models as well as results from education research.

Committee on Laboratories

Department Lab Assessment

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

There are many skills that students are expected to develop throughout the laboratory curriculum. But how do we know what students are learning in their labs? In this session, presenters will discuss methods they are using for assessing student learning and skill development, research studies conducted on laboratory assessment, and the development of assessment tools for the undergraduate lab.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Undergraduate Research

Papers are desired that will contribute specific experiences to this session featuring the characteristics and models of both lower-division and upper-division undergraduate research opportunities and relationships between them.

Committee on Laboratories

Biophysics Labs Beyond the First Year

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

A broad range of physics concepts and laboratory techniques are used in the modeling and measurement of biological systems and for medical applications. This session will explore ideas for integrating biophysics into lab courses for physics majors beyond the first year. Presentations on lab activities involving techniques and concepts relevant to basic biophysics research and applied biomedical technologies are welcome.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

TYC Partnerships

Two year (TYCs) are critical paths for students who want to seek a bachelor?s degree. What happens in the two year college classroom can greatly influence student motivation and their career choice when they transfer to a four year university. In this session, you will hear about how some TYCs and four year universities have formed partnerships for student success.

Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics

Historical Incidents Useful for Teaching Physics

Historical incidents can bring physics and physicists to life for students. This session seeks examples from members who have used physics in their classrooms or who have ideas for others that might be useful.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Mentoring Newly Graduated Teachers to Improve Retention

This session is open to present how your program is continuing to work with your students who have graduated and are now teaching in the field. Continued professional development may be a key to improve the retention rate of our newer teachers.

Committee on Women in Physics

Decreasing Stereotype Threat in Discourse and Assessment

(Committee on Diversity in Physics)

This session seeks to understand how the stereotypes students may hold about themselves induce performance differences in discourse and assessment. Papers to this session might include empirical work, theoretical work, or institutional initiatives to end stereotype threat. Research or work at any educational level is welcome to this session, from K-12 to graduate students.

Committee on Laboratories

Writing in Physics

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

Writing is central to the scientific endeavor, but writing instruction is not often integrated into science education. This session focuses on improving the integration of writing into physics courses by presenting and sharing specific assignment types, evaluation methods, and instructional techniques.

Committee on Educational Technologies

iOS and Android App Show

Each presenter will have 5 minutes to present their favorite app. Please sign up with the app you will present in order to guarantee a time slot and ensure we have the proper "dongle" to connect your device to the projector: http://ncnaapt.org/appshow

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Recruitment and Retention

The APS, AAPT and other organizations have developed programs, hosted workshops, created policy papers, etc. to help recruit and retain physics students at all levels. This session is designed to discuss changes organizations, universities and colleges have made. Topics will include curricula, reformed teaching methods, student research, community building, and other best practices. Details of experiences working with a diversity of students are solicited.

Committee on Apparatus

Remote Labs

Lectures are offered now online for massive students. Can remote labs play a similar role in experimental training? Reports on practices and outcomes, technical realization, approaches to promote remote labs related interaction.... are welcomed for this session.