eNNOUNCER December 2022
2022 AAPT Board of Directors Election Results
The AAPT membership has voted and elected the following members to serve on the AAPT Board of Directors
Vice President: Gabriel C. Spalding
High School Representative: Marianna Ruggerio
Secretary: D. Blane Baker
Thank you to all of the candidates for their support. Congratulations to those who will take office at the 2023 Winter Meeting.
2023 AAPT Winter Meeting
Registration for the 2023 Winter Meeting is now available. Register now!
Checkout our exciting line-up of plenary speakers and awardees .
Special Events and Tours
Enjoy an evening with David and Christine Vernier and the Vernier Science Education Team at their headquarters for dinner and beverages and/or join a special tour to LIGO Hanford Observatory. Click here for more information. If you have already registered, these events can be added to your registration.
AAPT is offering a number of workshops in association with the upcoming 2023 AAPT Winter Meeting. These workshops will take place on January 14-15. Take a look and see which one you would like to add to your registration.
Registration, Dependent Care, Accessibility and Travel grants are available for those that may need assistance.
Please click here for Dependent Care and Accessibility Grants information
Please click here for Travel Grant information
The 2023 AAPT Winter Meeting will take place at the Hilton Portland Downtown and The Duniway Portland A Hilton Property (located across the street from the Hilton Portland Downtown) in Portland, Oregon.
Single/Double - $169 (All rates are subject to applicable tax, which is currently 16% and subject to change without notice)
Please click here to make a reservation or call +1-800-HILTONS and ask for the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) room block. The last day to book a room is December 16, 2022.
PTRA Summer Institute
The institute will be different in time, place, and focus in the summer of 2023. We are going to change the time and place of the PTRA Leadership Institute to coincide with another conference where there are already teachers attending. More details to follow, but for now please note the change:
2023 PTRA Summer Leadership Institute in Arlington, TX
Friday June 23 (afternoon)-Sunday June 25
Note: There will NOT be a PTRA leadership meeting before or after the AAPT meeting.
Put it on your calendar, it will be fun.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell Recognized as 2023 Recipient of the Richtmyer Memorial Lecture Award
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced today that Jocelyn Bell Burnell has been selected to receive the 2023 Richtmyer Memorial Lecture Award. She is recognized with the award for outstanding contributions to physics and for effectively communicating those contributions to physics educators. The award will be presented at a Ceremonial Session of the AAPT 2023 Winter Meeting. Read more
Darsa Donelan Named as 2023 Recipient of the Doc Brown Futures Award
AAPT has announced that the 2023 recipient of the Doc Brown Futures Award is Darsa Donelan. 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. The award will be presented during the 2023 Winter Meeting. Read more
AAPT Named Kimberly Ann Coble as the 2023 John David Jackson Excellence in Graduate Physics Education Awardee
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) has announced that the John David Jackson Excellence in Graduate Physics Education Award for 2023 will be awarded to Kimberly Ann Coble, Professor of Physics at San Francisco State University. This prestigious award will be presented to Coble during the 2023 AAPT Winter Meeting. Coble was selected to receive the Jackson Award in recognition of her work as a teacher of graduate Physics and Astronomy. She is a pioneer in graduate physics & astronomy education. Read more
S. James Gates, Jr. to Receive AAPT 2023 Oersted Medal
Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr. has been named as the 2023 recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Oersted Medal, presented by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The Medal will be awarded at a Ceremonial Session of the 2023 AAPT Winter Meeting. The Oersted Medal recognizes his outstanding, widespread, and lasting impact on the teaching of physics through his national leadership in physics education, his exceptional service to AAPT, and his mentoring of students and in-service teachers. The year of 2022 marks the fifty-first consecutive year of his service as a university instructor in mathematics and physics. Read more
Alice Flarend to be Recognized as a Recipient of the 2023 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT
AAPT has announced that Alice Flarend will receive the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during their 2023 Winter Meeting. Flarend, physics teacher at Bellwood-Antis High School, Bellwood, PA is honored for exemplary service contributions to the mission of the American Association of Physics Teachers through exceptional leadership and motivation to the PTRA community, AAPT's Committee on physics in Pre-High School Education, and to individual members. Read more
2023 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT to be Awarded to Glenda Denicolo
AAPT has announced that Glenda Denicolo will receive the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during their 2023 Winter Meeting. Denicolo, Associate Professor at Suffolk County Community College is honored for exemplary service contributions to the mission of the American Association of Physics Teachers to through exceptional leadership and motivation to the TYC community, AAPT's Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges, and to individual members. Read more
Richard Gelderman Named AAPT Fellow
AAPT Fellows Awardee for Winter 2023 is Richard Gelderman. AAPT Fellows are distinguished physicists, educators, administrators, and communicators who have been recognized for their contributions to the physics education community. Read more
Support AAPT and Join the 1930 Society!
Your support goes above and beyond member dues, and we are so grateful to members like you who are investing in the future of physics education. That's why we decided to launch the 1930 Society. This special group of supporters, named after our founding year, honors contributions of $500 or more every year to our association so we can better serve physics educators and the physics education community.
Would you like to get involved with the 1930 Society? Donate today!
AAPT Participating in the AAAS SEA Change Professional Society Pilot
AAPT has been selected to be one of four participating organizations in the SEA Change initiative. Early in 2021, AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) accepted proposals from science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) professional societies to participate in a systemic change initiative called SEA (STEMM Equity Achievement) Change. SEA Change provided an award of $10,000 to each organization to participate in the adaptation and piloting of the SEA Change self-assessment and action planning framework. The AAPT Board of Directors has made a $10,000 match to support completing the AAPT self-assessment. Read More.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at AAPT - An Update from the DEI Task Force
Thanks to the DEI Task Force's commitment and collaboration with Brevity & Wit we are now in the final stages of the work of the Task Force. We led two sessions jointly with the AAPT President at SM22 designed to provide context and information and promote dialogue on our work thus far. If you missed the two sessions at SM22, don't worry! A recording of one of the sessions is available on COMMUNITIES here. We also shared the late summer/early fall 2022 quarterly DEI on COMMUNITIES in October. See this. We continue to work with AAPT leadership to develop a DEI governance structure that best serves the needs of our members and the community of physics educators. We anticipate that this structure will be presented to the Board and community in early 2023. We are also working to include information about the DEI value proposition, vision, and guiding principles on the AAPT website. Stay tuned for updates in early 2023!
In the meantime, feel free to reach out to Catherine Herne, David Marasco, Beth Cunningham if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to making AAPT a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.
Catherine Herne, DEI Task Force Co-Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Marasco, DEI Task Force Co-Chair, email@example.com
Beth Cunningham, AAPT CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org
Call to Area Committees and List Serves - AAPT COMMUNITIES
As you know, AAPT is retiring its Lyris list serves.
If you chair an Area Committee or run one of the list-serves, and are interested in creating a group on COMMUNITIES, please get in touch with us. This may be the best way to create a "friends of the committee" group going forward. Using this method, the Chair could set the default delivery option for the group to Real-Time, which would most accurately mirror the current list serve model. These groups would be open for any AAPT member to join. We would like to start with a handful of these groups as a pilot program to see how it works. If you are interested, please reach out to Mike Hall (email@example.com).
For those who do not choose to create a dedicated group on COMMUNITIES, you can still use the platform to let AAPT members know about your activities by posting in the General Community. We encourage all AAPT members to visit the AAPT COMMUNITIES platform and follow the Tag for any committee that you are interested in. Likewise, we encourage Committee Chairs to use this tag when posting information relevant to your committee.
Join Us for the AAPT Virtual Coffee Hour and Remote Instruction Share-a-thon
AAPT is working to help our members communicate with one another to provide the best physics education possible. AAPT members bring questions about physics education (taken broadly) to discuss and share their experiences in a confidential setting.
Please join us for these events!
Check the calendar for next Virtual Coffee Hour. Check your in-box for an invitation. Please make sure you RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org) to the event. Everyone who RSVPs will be sent log-in instructions a few hours prior to the call. We hope you can join us!
Help Support AAPT!
We are living in incredibly challenging times. AAPT has been on the forefront providing resources to help physics educators. However, we need your support to continue AAPT's programs and resources. Gifts to the AAPT Annual Fund support the everyday operations of AAPT, from inspiring excellence through educational programming to recognizing award winning physics professionals, all critical pieces in supporting the advancement of physics education. Many of these programs run year round that need your support--donate today to the Annual Fund to make a difference!
Rely on the AAPT Career Center during peak hiring season
At the AAPT Career Center, openings are at an annual high, giving you access to more than 400 open job postings among top academic institutions. Search jobs today! https://jobs.aapt.org/jobs/
Book Companion, Statistical and Thermal Physics Programs
Teaching High School Physics - Three Titles Supporting Physics Educators
The Teaching High School Physics books by Carl J. Wenning and Rebecca E. Vieyra provide a practical foundation for physics teaching, techniques for engaging students, managing learning difficulties, and tips for curriculum development and lesson planning.
These books are published by AIP Publishing in partnership with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).
Sample the first chapters for free:
- • Teaching High School Physics: The Nature of Physics Teaching
- • Teaching High School Physics: Interacting with Physics Students
- • Teaching High School Physics: Managing the Physics Classroom
Browse all education titles.
Want to Engage More with AAPT? Nominate Yourself to Become a Member of an Area Committee!
The National Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for all Area Committee. As an Area Committee member you will play a crucial role in helping your Area Committee actively work on their respective missions. All AAPT members are eligible to serve on an Area Committee.
These nominees will be considered for the WM23-WM26 Cycle (term begins at the conclusion of WM23 and ends at the conclusion of WM26). Nominations are considered on a rolling basis but priority will be given to applications submitted by August 5, 2022. Read More.
Open Letter: "Increase Investment in Accessible Physics Labs"
The AAPT Committee on Laboratories assembled a task force whose charge was to write an open letter to the physics education community calling for increased investment in accessible lab courses. In exploring ideas and strategies for improving accessibility, the task force recognized that the development of multiple pathways for laboratory investigation creates opportunities to expand learning opportunities for more students in physics lab programs. The task force identified two types of investment, proactive and reactive investment. Strategies for increasing proactive investment are outlined for six target groups: physics lab instructors and staff, physics education researchers, physics departments, online physics content creators, physics conference planners, and member societies. The intended audiences for this document consist of undergraduate physics students, staff, and faculty, especially those who have direct stake in laboratory courses; physics departments; and member societies, including AAPT. The whitepaper is available here.
Joint Statement on Sustainable Systems for Quality Teaching
The AAPT Board of Directors unanimously endorsed a joint statement on Sustainable Systems for Quality Teaching. The statement can be found here. The statement focuses on creating a sustainable system that prepares, retains, and supports teachers through accessible, high-quality teacher preparation, competitive compensation, ample resources, and ongoing professional learning and mentoring opportunities. We encourage you to amplify the message in this statement by posting a note on your social media and including #SupportTeachers and @aaptHQ. The statement has also been posted on the news wire - see this and on AAPT's social media.
AAPT members selected as APS Fellows
Juan Ramon Burciaga, Colorado College
Citation: For efforts in developing synergistic partnerships between professional societies in physics to support high-quality physics instruction, with a focus on supporting inclusive learning spaces and the integration of biology into the physics curriculum.
Laird H Kramer, Florida International University
Citation: For advancing physics education and STEM education through leadership in developing a nationally recognized physics education research group and STEM education research institute, as well as promoting local and national programs in physics that support physics teachers and equity initiatives.
2023 F=ma Contest
Registration for the 2023 F=ma exam is now open. Registration information is posted on the U.S. Physics Team homepage.
2023 AAPT PhysicsBowl Contest
Registration for the 2023 PhysicsBowl contest will open mid December. Updates will be posted on the PhysicsBowl webpage.
Support the U.S. Physics Team - Donate Now
Each year AAPT sponsors a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition. The mission of the U.S. Physics Team Program is to promote and demonstrate academic excellence through preparation for and participation in the International Physics Olympiad. AAPT is responsible for recruiting, selecting and training teams each year to compete in the International Physics Olympiad Competition. Your contribution is needed to support these high school students as they prepare to represent the U.S. internationally. Donate now!
2022 High School Physics Photo Contest
One of the fun opportunities during the AAPT Summer Meeting is reviewing and voting on the top 100 photos as selected by the Committee on Physics in High Schools under the direction of Tommi Holsenbeck. The votes have been tallied and the winning entries are posted. View Here. Congratulations to the winning students and their teachers.
NOW AVAILABLE: AAPT Book Archive
In partnership with AAPT, AIP Publishing is delighted to offer an archive collection of timeless books. The 34 classic titles have been digitized for the first time and are now available on scitation.org. This collection brings together books originally published from 1977 - 2017, and provides easy to read resources and guidance for physics educators.
• 50 Years on Teaching Physics
• Teaching About Lightwave Communications
• Physics and 21st Century Science Standards: the role of physics in the NGSS
Browse the AAPT Book Archive and read the first chapter of all 34 books for FREE.
STEP UP Lesson Plans
Have you done the STEP UP lessons this year? The Careers in Physics lesson helps your students understand "why physics?" and is a great way to start off the year. Once you've built a classroom culture around discussion practices, give Women in Physics a try to discuss representation and how we can build a more equitable field. We even have recommendations for running them remotely on our Online Community (create a free login to join!)
Undergraduate Physics Website Launched
Effective Practices for Undergraduate Physics website launched. The joint AAPT/APS EP3 Guide project's website is now available at https://ep3guide.org/. The Guide has detailed recommendations and guidelines for enhancing all aspects of undergraduate physics programs.
Download the Educating Physicists for Impactful Careers (EPIC) Report
As the physics discipline evolves, so do the related careers. It is important to help prepare undergraduate students to meet the changing needs of the related professions in the 21st century. The APS PIPELINE project, an NSF-funded program, has just released a report on Educating Physicists for Impactful Careers (EPIC). Build curricular approaches for integrating the knowledge, skills, and mindset that will enhance your physics graduates' ability to find rewarding careers and create innovative solutions to the world's problems. Download now.
Title Published by AIP Publishing in Partnership with AAPT
Read: Honoring Teachers as Professionals: Stories and Pathways for Growth in Your Classroom and Career
Honoring Teachers as Professionals by Alisa Grimes et al. is the latest title to be added to AIP Publishing's growing book collection. The new release provides a guide for retaining and engaging educators using classroom educational research methods.
This book is a valuable resource for administrators, researchers, teachers, and other professionals in education and is an essential guide for graduate students in education, policy advocates, and parents.
Explore the book in more detail by reading the first chapter for free.
KITP Fellows Program for Physics and Astronomy Faculty Members at Minority-Serving Institutions
Newly Launched! The KITP Fellows program supports a single long visit (6-8 week) at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, CA from experimentalists, observers or theorists in physics or astronomy departments at teaching-intensive U.S. colleges or universities designated as Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). All applicants must be active ladder faculty (assistant, associate or full professors) at a non-R1 MSI with an undergraduate major in physics or astronomy. Support includes: travel, accommodations and $2k/week supplement. Learn More.
Awardees Announced: PhysTEC's 5+ Club
PhysTEC is pleased to announce the newest inductees into the 5+ Club, a group of colleges and universities that graduated five or more high school physics teachers in the last academic year. These institutions are national leaders in addressing the severe nationwide shortage of secondary physics teachers. Learn More.
The Physics of Living Systems Teacher (PoLS-T) Network
The Physics of Living Systems Teacher (PoLS-T) Network invites all who want to advance the teaching of secondary/high school level physics to join, especially high school physics teachers, physics education researchers, and decision makers in school administration and government. PoLS-T is organized by Eric Mazur at Harvard University to support high school physics teaching and teachers worldwide.
Join the PoLS-T Network: https://forms.gle/cj87TLRzJ6zcCEUL6
2022 PhysTEC Teacher of the Year Announced
Congratulations to Danielle Buggé for being named the 2022 PhysTEC National Teacher of the Year! Danielle teaches at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in Princeton Junction, NJ, and was nominated by PhysTEC institution Rutgers University. Each year, one national winner and several local winners are recognized for their exemplary work as high school physics educators. Teachers are nominated by PhysTEC member institutions. Get to know this year's awardees.
The International Conference on Physics Education 2022
Join us online for engaging discussions and presentations about the future of physics education. The sudden changes to education brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and their implications for the future will be forefront. Discussions will encompass university-level and school-level physics education. Read More.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in STEM Teaching Now Open
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) administers Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), created by Congress in 1983, on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of STEM, including Computer Science. This year's (2022-2023) awards will honor science, technology, engineering, or mathematics teachers working in grades 7-12. Nominations close on January 9, 2023. Applications must be completed by February 6, 2023.
APS EDI Fellows Program Update!
The American Physical Society (APS) Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) Fellows Program is reaching the end of its first year. The Fellows, working with the leadership team, have developed a workshop to support physics educators who desire to address classroom EDI issues in a timely way but are hesitant because they lack preparation to do so. We are now at the point in the grant where we will run multiple pilot workshops for targeted APS and AAPT volunteer groups for the purpose of receiving formative feedback. Our goal is to refine the workshop before we offer the workshop to the broader physics community after the completion of our Innovation Fund Award. If you would like to stay in the loop and hear about future opportunities to get involved with the program, please visit our website to sign-up for periodic newsletters.
Journal of High School Discovery
The Journal of High School Discovery is a new outlet for young researchers to share their work. We are the only journal created and run by high school students to publish the work of other high school students. This is a project we started out of a strong passion for science and a desire to show the world the passion of other like minded students.
We are looking for physics teachers to help curate our articles. As a curator, you would assist us by reviewing submissions for accuracy and scientific value, shaping the future of the journal. In addition, we ask for your help in connecting us with passionate students who may be interested in publishing their work.
We ask that interested teachers and students check us out at hsdjournal.com or contact us at email@example.com.
AAPT Member Spotlight
Adjunct Professor of Physics George Washington University and Editor, The Physics Teacher, American Association of Physics Teachers
Delivery Options for Print Journals
Many of you receive the print editions of our journals at your workplace, which you may not have access to currently. We wanted to provide you with instructions on how to update your preferred mailing address in your member profile.
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- 3. Click the EDIT button (pencil) under ADDRESSES.
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Member Discounts Now Available!
AAPT Members can take advantage of major discounts at retailers such as Hertz, Office Depot/Office Max and HotelEngine.com. You save a percentage of your bill and a portion of the proceeds helps to support AAPT as well! Be sure to check the Member Discounts Program page for details.
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Interested in learning about REUs, jobs, and summer internships? There is still time to find them and apply! Join SPS Director Brad Conrad and President Kiril Streletzky on December 8 at 3 PM Eastern to learn more. The sessions will last ~45 minutes and will cover a range of topics. Register to attend!
What Do You Want Your Legacy to Be?
Teachers make a difference. Given the chance, most of us would like to leave a legacy to organizations we valued in our lifetime. You help shape the future. AAPT can help you determine what you want your legacy to be-to your family, to your fellow teachers, and to tomorrow's future teachers. Planned Giving creates opportunities for you to make a lasting difference to physics education and AAPT. Consider including AAPT in your estate and financial plans. Click here for more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAPT Member Benefit: Up to 25 Free Downloads of AIP Journals Every Year
AAPT has partnered with AIP Publishing on a valuable member benefit. AAPT members now have access to 25 free article downloads every year from any of the AIP Publishing journals
This is an exclusive AAPT member benefit. Access any one of the journals in this list, now by clicking the 'SIGN IN' link in the right hand corner, and logging in with your Scitation username and password. Access the full text of an article from the journal by going to the article page and clicking either the "PDF" download or the "FULL TEXT" menu buttons. You will then be given an option to use one of your AAPT member credits to access the article. If you do not have a Scitation username and password e-mail Scitation and let them know.
Articles you download will be saved in your Scitation profile. AAPT members receive 25 free downloads each year as long as their membership remains in good standing.
Thank you for supporting AAPT, and we hope you enjoy this new membership benefit.
Call for Award Nominations
The AAPT Awards Committee invites nominations for all of AAPT awards, citations, and medals. We are particularly interested in nominations for AAPT Fellows and for the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT. Deadlines for nominations are June 1st and December 1st.
Infusing Engineering Into the Science Classroom
Join other teachers seeking to integrate engineering into their science classroom with this unique professional development opportunity. Headed by AAPT/AIP Master Teacher Policy fellows Matthew Peterie and Andrew Edmondson, you will learn from experienced and skillful teachers. The cost will be $385 for individual attendee which includes your registration for the year long program and meals for the two days at Olathe Northwest. If a group of teachers from a building or district would like to attend, reduced pricing is available. After registering your team by completing the form below, subsequent correspondence will make arrangements for payment. Sign up here.
OSTP/NSF Working Group on Quantum Information Education
The OSTP/NSF working group on Quantum Information Education finished its report and there was a NSF press release. Read More. Also click here for full report.
How to Work with External Evaluators White Paper
Have you wondered how to work effectively with an external evaluator, or budget for their work appropriately? We're pleased to announce a new white paper for the community, authored by experienced evaluators Stephanie Chasteen and Alexis Knaub, for the AAPT Professional Concerns committee. The paper is peppered with practical advice and quotes from experienced PIs and evaluators. Read More.
Get the Facts Out
Do you need help with recruiting future teachers to your teacher preparation program? Check out these resources from Get the Facts Out. Our student and faculty presentations are designed to be easy to use as virtual presentations or for webinars that you can use to promote your programs. Here's an example you can watch. Have you seen the newly redesigned "Inspire Young Minds" GFO posters? Check them out here.
Books on Geometric Optics
Now available on scitation.org and in partnership with AAPT, Teaching Geometric Optics, offers students and educators the fundamentals of geometric optics that covers the basics of light propagation, reflection and refraction. With vast applications, these books comprise 46 activities covering a range of topics and will prove an invaluable resource to teach the fundamentals.
Teaching Geometric Optics: Student Edition - Read the first chapter for free.
Teaching Geometric Optics: Teacher's Notes - Read the first chapter for free.
Alongside Teaching High School Physics, these books are dedicated to providing development and training resources for physics educators. Access books available on scitation.org.
The Textbook Physics - The First Science Freely Available
The textbook Physics - The First Science by Peter Lindenfeld ad Suzanne White Brahmia (Rutgers University Press 2011) is now freely available at firstscience.rutgers.edu , where you can also see the reviews that appeared in American Journal of Physics, The Physics Teacher, and Physics Today.
Textbook on Wave Physics - Freely Available
Introduction to Wave Physics by Anthony Gerig is a textbook designed for a single semester, intermediate level course on waves. It initially focuses on one-dimensional waves to introduce major concepts, and then extends each of those concepts to three dimensions for rectangular, spherical and cylindrical coordinates. Both scalar and vector waves are addressed, using acoustic waves as the primary example of the former and electromagnetic waves as the primary example of the latter. Topics covered include interference, reflection and transmission, cavities and waveguides, radiation, diffraction, and scattering. The book can be freely downloaded at ResearchGate or the book website.
In the News
Beamline for Schools Competition
BL4S is a physics competition that invites teams of high-school students from all around the world to conceive an experiment that can be performed at the test beam facility of a particle accelerator. In 2023,the winners will be three, two teams will perform their experiments at CERN and one at DESY. There will be additional prizes for a selection of teams (up to 30). All the perspective participants who register will have the possibility to follow on-line events and virtual visits of CERN and DESY in preparation for the submission of their proposal. All the information can be found in the official invitation . The deadline to send a proposal is fixed to April 12, 2023.
Arizona State University Master of Natural Science Degree for High School Teachers
Arizona State University has an interdisciplinary Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree in physics for high school and TYC teachers. Courses are in summer, and the degree is founded on Modeling Instruction. Teachers in 15 western states can apply for 150% of resident graduate tuition; the deadline is APRIL 1.
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The career micro video and article "When (and when not) to volunteer" by Lisa Balbes is now available
Taking on additional responsibilities can yield professional benefits, but it's important to select opportunities carefully to avoid burnout. Watch this 10-minute video and read the article to learn more. Written & presented by Lisa M. Balbes Micro video link Article link
Medical physics website available as resource for physics educators
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), an affiliated organization with AAPT, just completed a large-scale effort to launch a public education website. Medical physics is a field that uses concepts in physics to address questions in medicine. Medical physicists work in research, education, and clinical capacities in medical imaging, radiation therapy, and health physics. Physics students who want to learn how an MRI scanner works, read about how radiation affects cells, or just want to learn about a career in applied physics will enjoy this website, which includes an active "Ask the Expert" platform. https://www.medicalradiationinfo.org/.
The American Modeling Teachers Association
The American Modeling Teachers Association has been transforming STEM education since 2005. AMTA provides professional development on an instructional strategy called, Modeling Instruction, which builds conceptual understanding, improves classroom discourse, and engages students in the learning process. AMTA will soon announce our slate of virtual and face-to-face courses for 2023! Hosts are also beginning to schedule Modeling Workshops in different regions across the country. Details will be updated and registration will be open soon. You can see a full list with details as they become available at modelinginstruction.org/pd.
The Knowles Teaching Fellowship provides financial support, mentoring and coaching, and community membership for pre-service and first-year math and science teachers. Applications for next year's cohort are now open; submit a referral for a student you know today!
Undergraduate and Graduate STEM Students' Experiences during COVID-19
Undergraduate and Graduate STEM Students' Experiences during COVID-19: Proceedings of a Virtual Workshop Series was released on March 23, 2021 by the Board on Science Education and the Board on Higher Education and Workforce. It begins to document the changes and responses of institutions of higher education to the pandemic and discusses the impact on students. The workshop series highlights ideas that can assist institutions to better serve all students. Read More.
Let U.S. K-12 Educators Know: Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Application is Live!
The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is a yearlong professional learning opportunity and short-term exchange for elementary, middle, and high school educators from the United States to develop skills to prepare students for a competitive global economy. Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms equips educators to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad, and global collaboration.
Find resources for teaching physics for life sciences students on the Living Physics Portal
The Living Physics Portal is an online environment for physics educators to find, share, and discuss free teaching materials for introductory physics for life sciences (IPLS). The objective of the Portal is to improve the education of the next generation of medical professionals and biologists by making physics classes more relevant for life sciences students. The Portal is available for free to all verified educators.
Features available on the Portal are:
• Anyone can view and download over 200 resources in our Vetted Library.
• Registered users can also view and download over 100 resources in our Community Library, along with answer keys and other instructor supplements, and join discussions about resources.
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Career Toolbox for Undergraduates
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