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Here are the AAPT announcements for October and November 2007 (No December 2007 announcements).

November 2007
Summary of Actions from the October Executive Board Meeting
Physics Bowl Academic Coordinator Sought

October 2007
Request for Member Testimonials
High School Physics Teacher Grant
Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers
2007 Summer Meeting Survey Winners Announced

Summary of Actions from the October Executive Board Actions
At its meeting held October 19-21 at ACP in College Park, MD, USA: 
  1. The Board addressed several financial issues including maintaining a cash flow balance as the Association awaits NSF reimbursements and membership renewals. Some Executive Office expenses also resulted in budget shortfalls. The Board approved moving approximately $1 million from the Long-Term Reserve to the Short-Term Reserve.
  2. The Board authorized the launch of the “Bernard Khoury, Physics for All Award.” The Awards Committee is asked to develop an explicit set of criteria for this award, and the Executive Officer is charged to start a fundraising campaign to support the award.
  3. The Board considered a preliminary zero-based budget for 2008. The final budget will be approved at or before the January Board meeting.
  4. The Awards Committee recommended that Distinguished Service Citations be awarded at both the Summer and Winter Meetings.
  5. The Awards Committee recommended that fundraising efforts begin to support the “J.D. Jackson Award for Excellence in Graduate Education.” This award would be similar to the awards for Excellence in College and Pre-College Teaching. When adequate funds are received, the Executive Board will establish criteria for selection and charge the Awards Committee to select from nominees.
  6. The Board voted to keep the same auditing firm it has used for the past five years.
  7. The Board is expecting a report from the Governance Review Committee dealing with their work to review and revise the association governance documents and to produce a governance chart detailing the current governance structure of AAPT.
  8. The Board discussed how best to support the initial efforts to sponsor TA Forums. The Executive Officer was charged to develop a request for funds from NSF to offer national workshops for leaders who can then offer regional or local TA Forums.
  9. The Publications Committee recommended a cycle for the review of AAPT Publications.
  10. The Publications Committee recommended that Roger Steuwer (University of Minnesota) be re-appointed as Editor of the Resource Letters.
  11. Bruce Mason’s (University of Oklahoma) term as Interim Editor of Online Publications was extended until the Search Committee recommends and the Board approves an Editor.
  12. The Executive Board thanked the AJP Review Committee and accepted their report. The report will be shared with editors. The editors are being asked for a response.
  13. The Board heard updates dealing with the electronic balloting process and a recent survey of members and non-members.
  14. The Board will receive for approval, a project summary and budget justification for an AAPT/APS/AIP grant proposal entitled PhysTEC-II. AAPT’s portion will address involving two-year colleges in teacher preparation efforts.
  15. The Board approved a new policy on AAPT Workshops at national meetings.
  16. The Board designated Alex Dickison as the AAPT appointment to the AIP Governing Board.
  17. The Board continued to discuss how to address governance restructuring efforts. The President will appoint a Board committee to study a current governance chart for AAPT, models proposed by the Area Chairs-Section Rep (AC-SR) Planning Group, documents and reports from the AC-SR and Executive Board Retreats, and other relevant documents. This committee will present to the Board a synthesis of the latter material and recommendations on how to deal with them, including timelines for needed actions that lead from the current structure to any recommended new structures.
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Physics Bowl Academic Coordinator Sought

  • AAPT Member
  • Knowledge of introductory physics, test construction, test evaluation, and current trends in physics education
  • Development of annual Physics Bowl Contest Exam, including grading and distribution of exam scores analysis to high schools (requires some technical support to handle the scoring and analysis)
  • One-year term
  • Honorarium applicable
  • Travel allowance to assist with travel expenses to AAPT National Meetings
  • Payment for lodging and meals according to AAPT guidelines during AAPT meetings when the Examinations Committee is working
Download PDF of this Job Posting

Send cover letter and resume by January 1, 2007, to:

Annette Coleman, Manager Programs & Conferences
American Associations of Physics Teachers
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740-3845
Fax 301-209-0845

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Request for Member Testimonials

AAPT is developing a new brochure and would like to showcase member testimonials. Members are invited to submit their answers (anecdotes welcomed) to any of these questions:

  • What benefit or service of AAPT do you enjoy the most and why?
  • Why do you recommend AAPT Membership to your friends or colleagues?
  • What are some examples of how AAPT membership has helped you professionally or academically?

Submit your testimonials to media@aapt.org by December 1. If your submission is selected, AAPT will contact you with more details.

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High School Physics Teacher Grant

AAPT believes that as teaching practice improves, physics enrollment and excitement among students increase. In that spirit, AAPT awards the High School Physics Teacher Grant to encourage high school teachers to experiment and improve on their teaching practices. The deadline for the 2008 grant is December 1. More information on the High School Physics Teacher Grant and how to apply for it is available at http://aapt.org/Grants/hsgrant.cfm.

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Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers

The American Association of Physics Teachers is offering two $2,000 scholarships for future high-school physics teachers. These scholarships, supported by an endowment funded by Barbara Lotze, is available only to U.S. citizens attending a U.S. school. Undergraduate students in, or planning to enter, physics teacher preparation curricula and high-school seniors planning to enter such curricula are eligible.
Successful applicants, typically two annually, will receive a stipend of up to $2,000 plus a one-year, free AAPT membership. The scholarship may be granted to an individual for each of four years.
In addition, there will also be several Honorable Mention Awards that include a one–year, free AAPT Membership.
The deadline for applying is December 1, 2007. Applications for which all materials, including letters of recommendation and transcript received by this date will be considered for recommendation at the following 2008 AAPT Winter Meeting in January by the AAPT Executive Board.
The application is online at: http://www.aapt.org/Grants/lotze.cfm
You may also request materials from: AAPT Programs Department, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740-3845; 301-209-3340; fax 301-209-0845; aapt-prog@aapt.org.

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2007 Summer Meeting Survey Winners Announced

All attendees who completed the 2007 Summer Meeting survey were entered into a drawing for five $100 AAPT Physics Store gift certificates. The winners are:
John Hubisz
North Carolina State University, NC 
DJ Wagner
Grove City College, PA
Christy Heid
Chatham College, PA
Kathy Koenig
Wright State University, OH
David Wright 
Tidewater Community College, VA
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