Call for Papers

2018 Summer Meeting: July 28-August 1 — Washington, DC

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Introducing Computation into Introductory Physics Classes

This session focuses on faculty, programs, and/or departments in physics which include computational projects, assignments, or problems in the Introductory Physics courses.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Successful Online Astronomy Labs

Poster presentations are requested detailing astronomy successful lab activities for on-line or in class introductory astronomy classes. In particular, lab activities that might involve current space science research efforts or data from satellites or other observational methods. For example, bringing experimental results from LIGOS or planetary probes would be useful for other instructors to update and modernize their astronomy courses.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

UTeach at 20 years

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

This session celebrates 20 years of UTeach preparing exceptional science and mathematics teachers. UTeach sites and graduates are encouraged to share their experiences.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Physics Outreach for Underserved Populations

(Committee on Diversity in Physics)

Many of us are involved in physics outreach efforts which target schools, libraries, or general population audiences. But there are ready audiences which, normally, are not the target of these efforts. Special Needs Schools and Senior Centers are just two examples of groups who normally are not thought when we plan our outreach efforts. But these two groups, and many other undeserved populations, deserve physics outreach as much as our regular audiences. If you are involved in an physics outreach effort to an undeserved population, we invite you to tell your story.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

PhysTEC in 50 States

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

This session recognizes the work of Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) which now has sites in all 50 US states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The session will present talks from supported site leaders, teachers-in-residence, representatives from Member Institutions, and teacher graduates. Talks on all facets of the PhysTEC project are encouraged.

Committee on Laboratories

Integrating Computation Into Laboratories at All Levels

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Computation can be integrated into many facets of the laboratory curriculum in a variety of places including using simulations to making predictions, analyzing and visualizing data, and modeling results. If you have brought computation into the lab in any way, at any level, consider sharing it here.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Ordering of Topics

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

There is a standard order that topics are taught in first and second year physics, whether high school, college or university. Many teachers have come up with new ways to teach by re-ordering the topics from the usual sequence that most books and curricula are built on. Have you tried a different order with success (or lack of success)? Force first? Energy first? Optics first? Circuits first? What has worked for you that has helped your students and maybe jolted you out of your routine?

Committee on Laboratories

Assessing the Effectiveness of Laboratory Curricula

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

Following adoption of the Laboratory Guidelines by AAPT, institutions are increasingly examining their laboratory experiences for changes to content, pedagogy, or structure, as students progress through the major. Physics education research is turning its eye to providing research based insights to guide these efforts. This call for papers solicits results or instruments that can contribute to providing the desired insights.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

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

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

We invite papers on creation, presentation and research on Interactive Lecture Demonstrations at the college and high school levels.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Integrating computational imaging in the Laboratory

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

New approaches construct images out of data collected via multiple measurements. e.g., fourier ptychography uses sequential illumination via LED array elements yielding images with good resolution AND wide field of view. Computational Ghost Imaging generates images from a single-pixel, at wavelengths where mega-pixel cameras are cost prohibitive. LiDAR generates widespread interest. Share methods for introducing computational imaging into instructional labs.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Effective Practices in Educational Technology

We seek talks detailing the use of modern educational technologies in the teaching of physics at all levels. Technologies may include everything from augmented reality to zip files, not to mention social media, simulations, screencasts, specialized software, and other things that begin with S. Focus can be on tools, pedagogies, or even (gasp) students. Share what works for you!

Committee on Modern Physics

Teaching with Data: Multi-messenger Astronomy

(Committee on Space Science and Astronomy)

On August 17, 2018 the collision of neutron stars was detected by LIGO/Virgo and shortly after Fermi and INTEGRAL telescopes. This detection set off a flurry of observations that led to one of the most studied astronomical events in history. We welcome submissions that focus on how observations and data from this event can be used in the classroom.

Medical Physics and Technology

(Committee on Apparatus)

Applying physics concepts and technology to real-world applications is an excellent way to engage students and a cornerstone of the Next Generation Science Standards. Do you engage students using one of the many medical applications of physics? Do you feature medical careers in a course? Come share in our Medical Physics and Technology session.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Recruiting Physics Teachers: Research and Best Practices

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

To help meet the significant national need for more highly qualified physics teachers, programs like PhysTEC (the AAPT/APS joint society effort) and UTeach are identifying, disseminating, and promoting elements of successful preparation programs for high school physics teachers and K-12 physical science teachers. This call is for presentations on research and best practices in recruiting qualified physics teachers.

Committee on Women in Physics

Implementing Research-based Instructional Strategies

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

This session focuses on research-based instructional strategies and pedagogies. We are soliciting talks describing methods of instruction that empirically show improvement in student learning, and how those methods can be successfully and effectively implemented.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Goals and Assessment for Computational Work in Physics Classes

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

Please consider submitting an abstract for a presentation that will describe both (1) your goals for integrating computation into your class(es) and (2) the ways in which you assess/grade the computational work that you assign to your students.

Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education

A Day at a School, K-12

Have you invited a visitor, or been invited, to a classroom to help students learn about a special topic? Museums, organizations, scientists and engineers, historical societies, and academics visit classrooms to teach about science, presenting topics as part of the human endeavor outside the classroom. How important is this for students, and where can teachers find quality visitors?

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Assessment Practices in Introductory Courses for the Life Sciences

(AAPT)

The courses on introductory physics for the life sciences pose a challenge to faculty trying to assess the effectiveness of their teaching and pedagogy. Not only are students expected to learn physics content but also critical science skills and key biology concepts. Please contribute a poster on assessment practices and strategies that you have used in your courses.

The Living Physics Course: New Ideas and Old Tricks

(AAPT)

The introductory physics course for the life sciences continue to challenge physics faculty to develop new content and pedagogy. The session focuses on presenting curricular innovations and utilizing the Living Physics Portal. Please contribute a poster on your approach to teaching IPLS courses.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Drones and VR: Examples of Emerging Educational Technologies Across the World

(Committee on International Physics Education)

This session aims at exploring cutting edge technologies including but not limited to Drones, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Virtuality, and their uses in physics classroom.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Making Out-of-School STEM Welcoming Across Languages

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

In physics learning, much of our communication relies on strong comprehension of the English language and/or mathematics. But, these languages may not be a strength for some potential STEM learners. We want to hear how you have worked to make out-of-school STEM learning both accessible to and welcoming across languages.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Astronomy Education Research

The most impactful contributions to broad scale improvements in the teaching and learning of astronomy are best made using the systematic methods of discipline-based astronomy education research. This session welcomes presenters who are reporting on the methods and results of quantitative and qualitative astronomy education research studies across a broad range of learning environments.

Frontiers Session: Living and Working in the Space Beyond Earth

Actively looking for ways to integrate the once disparate fields of STEM into domains naturally captivating students’ interest? Speakers are encouraged to make contributions about teaching cross-disciplinary concepts underlying the impact of living and working in low-gravity environments on physiology and engineering construction to better teach students who may well be future extraterrestrial inhabitants.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Innovations in Teaching Analytical Mechanics

All talks about innovation in the teaching of upper division mechanics are welcome. This includes, but is not limited to topics such as the use of computational methods, connections to labs, inclusion of special methods and topics, and innovative pedagogy.

Committee on Women in Physics

Approaches to Recruiting Women in Physics

(Committee on International Physics Education)

In this session we will discuss country differences and good practices in recruiting, mentoring and retaining women in physics at different academicc levels in USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina and Brasil.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

(Cancel) Use of Video in Preservice/Inservice Teacher Development

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Many physics teachers are learning and improving their craft via modern video technology. We call for brief reports upon the description and use of video in both preservice physics teacher preparation and inservice physics teacher professional development

Committee on Apparatus

My Favorite Demo that Works - How & Why?

Share your favorite Demonstration! As much as time allows, perform the demo, say what it is intended to achieve, and how you know if it is effective. Not every presentation can meet this in 10 minutes, but do go past just presenting the demo. If you want feedback, leave time.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Interdisciplinary Curriculum and Course

Helping students make connections between the sciences and local or global issues can improve student engagement and retention. This session will focus on ideas and best practices for incorporating interdisciplinary issues and projects into introductory science and physics courses.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Best Practices in Educational Technology

Have you been using educational technologies in effective, innovative ways in your courses? We encourage submissions on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, computer modeling, web-based applications, and specialized educational software or hardware relevant to physics instruction

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Math Foundations for Introductory Physics and Help for Struggling Students

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

This session will address questions on the mathematical foundations needed for introductory physics courses (both calculus-based and algebra/trig-based) and how best to help students struggling with math in physics courses.

(Cancelled) Using Mass Media to Help Teach Physics

Mass media (print news, film, U-tube,etc.) present now many physics applications rich for use in our classes. Invited presentations on these topics would be appreciated.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Integration of Computation into the Curriculum on the Departmental Scale

This session welcomes papers discussing any aspect of computational physics teaching whose scope extends beyond a single class, including narratives of challenges and experiences at your institution.

Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics

100 Years of Experimental Relativity

One hundred years ago, Sir Arthur Eddington performed the first ever experimental test of Einstein's general relativity. In honor of the hundred-year anniversary of this event, we invite papers on the historic experiment, its context and effects, or its relevance to today. We also invite papers on teaching the science or the history of general relativity.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

The Physics of Extreme Mineral Exploration

(Committee on Space Science and Astronomy)

Our modern technological civilization requires raw materials that are more and more difficult to obtain. Share how you engage your students with projects and case studies featuring mining asteroids, deep water petroleum drilling, hydraulic fracturing methods for natural gas wells, and the mining processes used for gold, uranium, and rare-earth ores.

AAPT SPS

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 Laboratories

The New Advanced Laboratory

(Committee on Apparatus)

We encourage faculty to contribute abstracts on their implementation of labs developed from ALPhA Immersions participation or from BFY Conference-inspired workshops, abstracts on new, Beyond-the-First-Year laboratory experiments, and abstracts on new approaches to old BFY experiments inspired by The AAPT Recommendations for the Undergraduate Physics Laboratory Curriculum. We encourage poster presentations.

Committee on Educational Technologies

(Cancelled) Free & Open Source Tools for Teaching Physics

Open source and free-to-use services, such as Google Docs, can be powerful contributors to classroom collaboration and active learning while imposing no financial burden on students or instructors. This session will address both new open-source/open access educational technologies and how they contribute to successful physics pedagogy, as well as novel ways of using more familiar free software and services.