FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
College Park, Maryland, United States, June 16, 2008
Melissa Lapps, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
Phone: 301-209-3626, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edmonton, Alberta. This years American Association of Physics Teachers’ (AAPT) Summer Meeting will be held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. Scientists, students, and all levels of physics educators from across the United States and Canada will assemble to present over 400 discussions and posters related to the theme of this year's meeting: "Physics from the Ground Up." These discussions are among the most unique and diverse of any scientific meeting.
Journalists are invited to cover the meeting on site or by directly contacting the presenters listed below. Some meeting highlights:
Plenary Speakers and Awardees
Damian Pope is the Senior Manager of Scientific Outreach at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He studied in Australia and holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Queensland. After this, he engaged in two years of postdoctoral research in quantum information and the foundations of quantum theory at Griffith University.
Klopsteg Memorial Award Plenary - Michio Kaku, is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and a major popularizer of science in mainstream media. He holds the Henry Semat Professorship in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York (CUNY), where he has taught for over 25 years.
Robert Wolkow directs research into using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and other theoretical methods to examine and control molecules on semiconductor surfaces. He is a pioneer in STM techniques and instrumentation. At IBM, he pioneered STM for studying surface chemistry. At the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences(NRC-SIMS), he and his colleagues used STM and modeling to understand the behavior of organic molecules on semiconductor surfaces. Eventually, they demonstrated self-directed fabrication of organic nano-scaled structures on silicon.
Wednesday, July 23
Pre-College Awards Plenary –
Mark Davids, Grosse Pointe South High School, Pre-College Physics Teaching Award
Corinne Manogue, Oregon State University, Undergraduate Physics Teaching Award
AIP writing awards, Broadcast Media Category
Bob McDonald, Host, Quirks & Quarks, Radio Science Program
Pat Senson, Producer Quirks & Quarks, Radio Science Program
Jim Handman, Executive Producer, Quirks & Quarks, Radio Science Program
Mark Freeman, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Condensed Matter Physics
Roger Moore, Associate Professor of Physics
Aksel Hallin, Professor and CRC Tier I Chair in Astroparticle Physics
Hot Topics in Geophysics
The Future of Upper Division Lab Experiences
Canadian Women in Science
Favorite Activities/Lessons in the TYC Physics Classroom
For more detailed information on the speakers, go to http://www.aapt.org/Events/SM2008/index.cfm