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WM21 Highlights



Total Number of Attendees: 667
Exhibitors: 7
Workshops: 10
Sessions: 70
Tutorials: 3
Poster Sessions: 8

Program Committee Chair Jan Landis Mader
Meeting Sponsors
  • American Institute of Physics
  • Digitalis Education
  • Macmillan Learning
  • PASCO scientific
  • Princeton University Press
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Vernier Software and Technology
  • Wiley
Paper Sorters

Janie Head, Steve Henning, Tommie Holsenbeck, Jan Mader, David Mararsco, Karen Jo Matsler, Nina Morley


Over 700 physics educators joined in AAPT's Winter Meeting using a virtual platform.  Plenary and general talks for this meeting were presented live and sessions were pre-recorded with access throughout the conference.

Plenary Speakers

Kenric Davies, Doc Brown Futures Award
The first recipient of the Doc Brown Futures Award is Kenric Davies. He has the honor of being the first recipient of this new award. The Doc Brown Futures Award recognizes early-career members who demonstrate excellence in their contributions to AAPT and physics education and exhibit the potential to serve in an AAPT leadership role.

Geraldine Cox’s talk, Finding Patterns, reported on her work about finding resonant ways to express hidden aspects of nature and the journey of discovery. This research has taken her to the heart of the atom, the beginnings of the Universe and the essence of light. She has bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Painting, and a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Award for her residency at the Physics Department of Imperial College London. She uses various media to share perspectives on the experience of discovery and some of the beautiful things we know through art.

Adriaan Bax, Ph.D., NIH Distinguished Investigator, National Institutes of Health
Adriaan (Ad) Bax is a Dutch-American molecular biophysicist. He was born in the Netherlands and is the Chief of the Section on Biophysical NMR Spectroscopy at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Bax is a pioneer in the development of advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments and their use for structure determination of isotopically enriched proteins. Much of his recent work focuses on folding and misfolding of proteins, related to amyloid diseases. In 2002, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences and in 2018 he was awarded the Welch Award in Chemistry. team to help scientists and teachers bring the science of FRIB into the hands of students of any age.

Diversity Plenary

McKensie Mack is a trilingual anti-oppression consultant, facilitator, educator, researcher, and the Founder of McKensie Mack Group (MMG) and the Creator #BoundaryWork. McKensie holds more than 10 years of experience helping organizations, community groups, governing agencies, and healthcare organizations expand dialogues of power, identity, and equity across race, gender, class, disability, and LGBTQ+ identity with clients based in the U.S, the UK, India, France, Germany, Spain, Peru, and more.

Wendy Freedman, John and Marion Sullivan University Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago

Wendy Freedman's research is in observational cosmology (measures of the expansion rate of the universe using the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based Magellan telescope). Her current projects involve measurements of the Hubble constant -- the current expansion rate, as well as the past expansion rate, providing constraints on the acceleration of the universe and dark energy. Her other field of interest is the stellar populations of galaxies, the evolution of galaxies, and the initial mass function.


Homer L. Dodge Citations
Nina Morley Daye and Mary Janae Head received the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT. Established in 1953 and renamed in recognition of AAPT founder Homer L. Dodge in 2012, the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT is presented to members in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the association at the national, sectional, or local level.

2021 AAPT Winter Fellows
The criterion for selection of Fellows is exceptional contribution to AAPT's mission, to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers. Any AAPT member who has maintained an active membership for at least 7 years is eligible for nomination for Fellowship. Nominations are evaluated by the AAPT Awards committee and approved by the AAPT Board of Directors.  The AAPT Fellows awards were presented to Ximena Cid, Caruso, CA; Kathleen Koenig, Cincinnati, OH; David Marasco, Los Altos, CA; and Paul Robinson, San Fransico, CA

Presidential Transfer

The role of AAPT President was transferred from Chandralekha Singh to Jan Landis Mader

We thank our sponors for their generous support of this virtual meeting.  We couldn't have done it without them and our supportive members.