Call for Papers

2020 Winter Meeting: January 18-21 — Orlando, Florida

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 students. Share what works for you!

Committee on Research in Physics Education

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations: A Research-Validated Strategy to Improve Learning in Lecture

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Papers on implementations of or innovations with Interactive Lecture Demonstrations are invited

Committee on Laboratories

Training Newcomers to Lab Instruction

(Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges)

Looking for papers addressing the training and challenges of the new lab instructors and graduate students who serve as TA in Intro Physics Labs.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Drones, and other Emerging Technologies in Higher Ed.

Augmented Reality allows student to work with objects and construct experiments that do only exist as a set of QR Codes on the table. Virtual Reality allows students to explore virtual worlds collectively that would be solitary thought experiments otherwise. Drohnes allow students to watch the existing world, yet from a new perspective. Several teams in Europe, US and other parts of the world work to exploit this concepts for Physics Teaching. We aim to connect this teams for exchange of ideas, tools and for the joint translation of accompanying text and media in other languages

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Student-driven Inquiry

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

How can students be guided to be their own drivers of inquiry in the direction of instructional intent? Too often, guided inquiry becomes instructor-framed questions for students to explore and answer. How can students be helped to formulate their own explorable questions, especially from their curiosity about phenomena of interest to them? All contributions related to this effort are encouraged.

Committee on Laboratories

Labs from the Living Physics Portal

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

Physics laboratory experiences that meet the needs and interests of life science students can be one of the most difficult parts of the course to reform. The Living Physics Portal has a growing selection of original and adapted lab activities. If you have contributed to, adapted, or used laboratory activities from the Living Physics Portal, please submit a contribution.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

(Cancelled) Star Party and Astronomy Outreach Logistics

Information astronomy education can occur in a number of ways. Please share your best practices for facilitating star parties and astronomy outreach events.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

How do YOU Outreach?

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Many physics teachers actively engage in outreach activities to convey science to populations beyond their classrooms. There are many modes by which this outreach is delivered and many populations that are served. This session invites physics teachers to speak about their outreach work. Presenters are encouraged to share the lessons they have learned from their outreach successes and failures.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Seeking Sustainable Development of Open-Source Educational Technology

Open-source educational technologies are widely used by physics teachers and are crucial tools for student learning. Nevertheless, these technologies may face challenges to their long-term sustainability due to factors such as modest financial resources and small development teams. This session aims to explore these challenges and present possible strategies for achieving sustainable development of open-source educational technologies.

Committee on Women in Physics

Teaching and Engaging Students at HSI's

(Committee on Diversity in Physics)

Todays Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) is a model for tomorrow’s multicultural, multiracial, multigenerational college or university. Many HSIs are developing programs to meet the needs and challenges of their students and to capitalize on the opportunities of teaching and engaging HSI students. Please contribute by highlighting a curricular or co-curricular (outreach, recruiting, support, …) program of your department or institution.

Professional Development at HSIs

The challenges and opportunities of physics programs at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) frequently confront faculty with a multifaceted puzzle. And faculty are in need of further professional development in areas such as teaching, research, mentoring, advising, and outreach. Please contribute to the session by describing professional development opportunities of your department, institution, consortia or professional society.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Finding and Modifying Curricular Materials from the Living Physics Portal

(AAPT)

The Living Physics Portal(LPP) is in its beta test phase. We are soliciting contributions from faculty who have searched for, adopted and/or modified curricular materials from the LPP. We are interested in both the positive and negative aspects of your experience. In addition, we are particularly interested on how you modified the materials for your use.

Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS)

(AAPT)

We are soliciting contributed posters on new pedagogies and resources for the course on Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS). Please consider submitting a poster on your work in the IPLS course involving labs, problems, assessment tools, simulations, resource material, … or any other aspect of the IPLS teaching/learning environment.

Lessons Learned from Integrating Computation into Undergraduate Physics Courses

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Are you teaching computation to undergraduate students? Do you have new and exciting ideas to share? Please contribute to this session to share new ideas, lessons, and activities with your colleagues!

Committee on Laboratories

(Cancelled) AAPT Lab Guidelines #6: Data Visualization

(Committee on Apparatus)

This session will explore how we are designing our lab curriculum and activities to help our students meet learning outcomes associated with the Analyzing and Visualizing Data focus area identified in the AAPT Recommendations for the Undergraduate Physics Laboratory Curriculum Report. Of particular interest are new and/or reliable strategies beneficial for data visualization or sonification, tactile representations of data, or other means of representing data.

Committee on Contemporary Physics

21st Century Physics and the Public

(Committee on Science Education for the Public)

How does society at large view current physics research and discoveries such as those seen in LIGO-VIRGO, the LHC, and IceCube? How do we educate fellow citizens about the nature of the work as well as how it fits with the economy, education, human aspirations, and everyday life?

Education Research meets Contemporary Physics

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

Research shows that the percentage of students who self-select that they are actively engaged in their own education drops from 74% in 5th grade to 32% by high school. Can we stop this precipitous decline in science classes? We might stimulate student curiosity by mixing contemporary physics topics with next generation science education research. Bring your own experience and ideas.

(Cancelled) Multi-Messenger Astronomy

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

In recent years the exciting new field of Multi-Messenger Astronomy has been opened up. First with the detection of Gravitational Waves and the followup EM observations from the merger of two neutron stars followed by the exciting discovery of the source of cosmic rays in July 2018 combining EM Astronomy with neutrino observations. Physics teachers have begun developing activities to bring this exciting new field into their classrooms. Share Multi-Messenger Astronomy activities and lessons you have used in your classroom.

21st Century Physics in the Classroom

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

The 21st century continues to be an exciting time in physics, yet students in introductory physics courses often encounter only discoveries made before the mid-20th century. During this session, participants will learn how to engage their students in activities that open up to them the world of today’s physics research.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

PER from Around the World

(Committee on International Physics Education)

This session seeks talks that bring an international perspective to physics education research. We hope that if you are an international colleague that you will consider contributing a talk that not only talks about your research but also explicitly talks about the context of the country in which your research is based so that we can not only find out about your wonderful research but also survey the landscape of PER internationally.

Critical Methodologies and Intersectionality Frameworks in Research

(Committee on Diversity in Physics)

This session will focus on the use of critical theories, frameworks, and methodologies in research. Invited talks will include discussions of 1) how critical theories inform the research process 2) the impact of ignoring power relations in the research process, 3) how critical theories and frameworks have been used in STEM education research, and 4) how critical methodologies focus on power in the data collection and analysis phases of research. We invite contributed talks on research that have utilized a critical theory, framework, or methodology.

Committee on International Physics Education

Physics Education Conference from Around the World

The purpose of this session is to share information on physics education conferences around the world. Invited speakers will discuss the logistics of particular conferences including format, registration, and other logistical information, while sharing their experiences at the conference. We invite contributed talks from those who would like to share their experiences with other physics education conferences.

Committee on Professional Concerns

Student Harassment and Intimidation of Faculty

(Committee on Women in Physics)

The current political and social climate has allowed destructive criticism and critiques to swell among the school population. Therefore, we are seeking brief descriptions of personal events and the strategies adopted by the colleges and school districts that provide a recovery path for the instructor. If you have not been a target for negative comments or evaluations, perhaps you can share the procedure your institution has for someone that is being targeted.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Applications of Deep Learning in Undergraduate Physics

Deep learning codes in MATLAB, Python, and other languages are available for undergraduates to exploit in signal processing and pattern recognition. This session invites papers describing applications and outcomes of deep learning in undergraduate physics education.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

Physics Specific Pedagogy Courses

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

This session will discuss pedagogy classes specifically for physics majors. Examples of model classes including content and lessons are encouraged. This session also seeks to begin the discussion of the specific topics to be covered and skills needed by physics majors to be effective teachers.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Advanced Labs (especially Contemporary Physics or Stat/Thermo)

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Here, share details useful beyond the first year of university, relating to hands-on grapplings and the habits of mind and work promoted by instructional labs (especially Contemporary Physics or Stat/Thermo).

Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics

(Committee on Graduate Education in Physics)

We welcome any and all contributions related to teaching statistical mechanics. Contributions could include, but are not limited to, use of computation in teaching stat mech, innovative classroom methods or curricular materials, new assessment tools, PER results, or efforts to teach this topic earlier in the curriculum.

Committee on Contemporary Physics

(Cancelled) Connecting Standards with Contemporary Physics

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

A major issue for teachers is the need to teach to standards set by states and others and engage students with science that is creating new horizons each year. In this session we would like to share lessons and ideas on how to share with students the new discoveries in science and meet the standards of the high school classroom.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

Assessing the Effectiveness of Demonstrations

(Committee on Apparatus)

Lecture demonstrations are favorite elements identified by students in the introductory course but research indicates that when viewed passively they do not have an observable impact on student learning. Where has the research moved since then? Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs) are demonstrably connected to learning gains and work has examined the role of various presentation strategies, but what about other settings, strategies, or other objectives? This session is open to papers examining any aspect of demonstrations in physics instruction including updates on ILDs.

Committee on Laboratories

(Cancelled) Student Understanding of Measurement

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

Student ideas about measurement and our confidence in our measured values evolves from primitive ideas about simple facts to more sophisticated views based in part on statistical models and on their growing understanding about the range physical parameters we encounter and challenges that measuring them may present. Papers providing insight into student understanding of measurement, uncertainty, or how these ideas evolve are sought for this session.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

(Cancelled) Preparing Teachers to Foster Underrepresented Students

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Please submit an abstract to this session if you work with K-12 teachers to help their students from groups underrepresented in physics and closely related fields successfully learn physics concepts and possibly choose a career in physics or a closely related field. Please prepare your presentation to be useful to K-12 teachers and/or college/university faculty in teacher preparation programs.

Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics

Perspectives on Environmental Science and Physics

In this proposed session, we would like to discuss from a historical perspective the birth, development, social impacts, and future of environmental science in relation to physics and other natural and social sciences. All related ideas are welcome.

History of NASA

All talks/papers related to History of NASA and Kennedy Space Center are welcome.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Introducing Computation in Physics Classes

Do you do competition modeling in your class, please share with us how you introduce it to your students.

Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education

Outreach Programs Connecting College and K-12

Involved in connecting K-12 learners to colleges and universities to help learn about physics? We want to hear from you! How do you get funding? How do you know how effective your activities are? Who are third parties that help make the connection? What activities do you do? What impact does the activity have on the college/university students and faculty?

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Astronomy Education Research

The Committe on Space Science and Astronomy presents its annual session on topics at the forefront of Astronomy Education Research (AER). The committee puts forth a call for papers to submit findings or best AER practices to a group of like minded peers at the 2020 Annual National Winter Meeting of AAPT in Orlando.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Academic Advising and Retention of Physics Majors

(Committee on Professional Concerns)

Advising for all students is key to the success of higher education. In Physics programs, advising students early on with information that inspires and empowers resilience through the major and into successful careers is imperative for program vitality. In this panel/poster session, we invite authors to share ideas and practices related to advising undergraduates in physics and astronomy programs. We are interested in a productive session that will have an impact on retention and even influence recruitment of students into physics/astronomy.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Integrating Outreach into the Student Experience

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

Science outreach is not only for the public. Involving college students in outreach activities enriches their educational experience and provides them with valuable communication, teaching, hands-on, teamwork, and leadership skills. It helps them build their identity as STEM professionals. Share with us your experience with engaging students in the outreach programs at your college and how this participation affected them.

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 Teacher Preparation

30 Demos in 60 Minutes

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Our panel of physics teachers will present at least 30 dynamic demonstrations that will engage students in the wonder of science. Presenters will share tips on the setup, materials, procedure, and underlying science concepts so the audience can integrate these demos into their own classrooms.

Committee on Educational Technologies

(Cancelled) Harnessing the Power of Big Data in the Age of Online Learning

Online and digital learning technologies are not only rapidly transforming the way we teach and learn, they also provide us with an unprecedented amount of data on students' learning behavior and outcomes. The significant increase in accessible large educational data sets and the rapid advancement in data analysis tools gave rise to emerging new fields such as educational data mining and learning analytics. These fields are dedicated to extracting knowledge about teaching and learning through analyzing educational data sets using state of the art data analysis methods. What can PER researchers learn from the methods and results developed by those fields, and how can instructors improve physics education using data driven approaches and methods? How will data driven education research shape the future of physics education both online and off-line? This session will invite speakers who work at the intersection of educational data mining, learning analytics, and physics education research to discuss those issues.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

TYC Tandem Meeting

TYC Tandem Meeting

TYC Tandem Meeting Poster

TYC Tandem Meeting Poster Submission