eNNOUNCER January 2020
Suspicious Email Messages
Please be aware that incidents of AAPT members and others receiving bogus messages is increasing. Recently, the AAPT Executive Office was informed by several individuals that they received a bogus message from a current Board of Directors member. Several other members indicated that they received a message about receiving a copy of the attendee list for the 2020 AAPT Winter Meeting from a bogus marketing company with no relationship to AAPT. These messages were not sent by or on behalf of AAPT. If you received a copy of either message or any other suspicious message do not open it or click on links within. If the message looks like it originates from AAPT but does not have an aapt.org email address, then delete it immediately. However, if you have already opened the email and/or clicked on a link within a suspicious message consider taking the following actions as a precaution:
1. Flag/report message as spam in your email client
2. Change your email account password.
3. Run a malware and/or anti-virus scan on your computer.
4. Consider changing the passwords of your other online accounts, especially those connected to financial institutions.
5. Report the threat potential to your contacts and the IT department at your institution.
As always, please feel free to contact us at headquarters (email@example.com, 301.209.3333) if you have any questions.
References with insight into these types of threat and explanations on how to inspect message headers for indications of forgery:
AAPT Oersted Medal for 2020 to be Awarded to David Sokoloff
David Sokoloff has been named as the 2020 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 2020 AAPT Winter Meeting, in Orlando, Florida. The Oersted Medal recognizes his outstanding, widespread, and lasting impact on the teaching of physics through his contributions to the development of active learning strategies and materials to motivate students-especially those using computer-based tools-and his extensive dissemination activities. In connection with the award, Sokoloff will deliver a talk, "If Opportunity Doesn't Knock, Build a Door: My Path to Active Dissemination of Active Learning," at the Orlando meeting. Read more
Richard W. Peterson Recognized with AAPT’s 2020 Melba Newell Phillips Medal
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) has announced that the 2020 Melba Newell Phillips Medal will be awarded to Richard Peterson, University Professor of Physics – Emeritus, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota. The Medal will be presented during a Ceremonial Session of the AAPT 2020 Winter Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Click here to read more.
Hilborn Elected 2019 AAAS Fellow
November 26, 2019 Washington D.C.—Robert C. Hilborn, Associate Executive Officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. The citation states: Dr. Robert Hilborn (Education) for distinguished service to the field of physics education, particularly for reforming K-12 and undergraduate physics education. Click here to read more.
Be a Part of the AAPT Delegation to Egypt!
World Learning, a US-based nonprofit organization, and AAPT are leading a Physics Education delegation to Egypt during summer 2020! AAPT is looking to assemble a diverse delegation of K-12 and College educators to engage in exciting discussions on global STEM education. Apply at www.worldlearning.org/what-we-do. Click on the AAPT logo near the bottom of the page for more information. AAPT has applied for NSF funding to support delegation member costs. Interested? Have questions? Email Mel Sabella and Beth Cunningham
Seeking Applications for Editor of the American Journal of Physics
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) will be seeking applications for the position of Editor of the American Journal of Physics (AJP),
the world's preeminent journal in physics education focusing on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates should have the following demonstrated experience and skills:
- ● Strong interests and accomplishments in physics teaching
- ● Significant acquaintance with AJP
- ● Reasonable familiarity with the various sub-fields of physics
- ● History of publications in professional physics journals
- ● Excellent organizational and administrative skills
- ● An ability to meet deadlines and to make difficult decisions fairly and rapidly
- ● Computer skills, including a working knowledge of LaTeX
- ● Experience reviewing journal articles, particularly for AJP, and serving on a journal editorial board is preferred
Timeline: The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications beginning February 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The official start date will be September 1, 2020, but the new editor will ideally begin transitioning into the post no later than June 2020.
Please look for a more detailed ad in the near future. If you have specific individuals that you think would make an excellent editor, please send information about these individuals to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting of the Members at the AAPT 2020 Winter Meeting
We invite you to attend the Meeting of the Members at the upcoming AAPT 2020 Winter Meeting in Orlando on Sunday, January 19th, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM. The location and agenda will be posted in the meeting app and on aapt.org You’ll learn more about AAPT's programs and activities that are going on. Can’t attend the meeting? We’ll post the presentations on the AAPT website following the meeting.
2020 AAPT Winter Meeting In Orlando
Join your colleagues at the 2020 AAPT Winter Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Surround yourself with Physics Educators from around the globe and develop and strengthen professional connections. Hear from internationally known plenary speakers, such as Jonathan Smith, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and Jim Gates to name a few. Attend sessions, workshops and special activities designed with you in mind. Don't miss this opportunity to share your expertise and learn from and network with leaders in the field.
Onsite registration is available for the 2020 Winter Meeting Please click here for more information.
The program is now available! Please click here to view all the exciting sessions, plenaries and special events.
Please click here for a list of workshops available for the 2020 Winter Meeting.
WM20 Special Events
It’s not too late. Be sure and add one of our exciting special events to your registration like the Multi-cultural luncheon.
“Meet and Greet” book signing for Plenary Speaker Dr. James Gates at 2020 Winter Meeting in Orlando
AAPT will be having a book signing for Dr. James Gates at the Winter Meeting in Orlando, FL. The event will take place at the AAPT booth on Monday, January 20th from 11:15 to 11:45, immediately following Dr. Gates’ plenary.
A limited number of books will be on sale at the booth, but you can guarantee that you get a copy by purchasing now Your book will be waiting for you at the AAPT booth (#110).
“Proving Einstein Right”, is the thrilling adventure story of Albert Einstein, his work on gravity, and the scientists who set out to validate his theory of relativity.
Written by the renowned physicist Dr. S. James Gates, the story is set in 1911, the year Einstein published his research. Gates chronicles the perilous journey of the scientists who set out to prove his theory. The results catapulted Einstein to fame and forever changed our understanding of the universe.
This is a story of faith, frustration, and the ultimate victory of the scientific efforts that built the framework for the Big Bang Theory, and shook the very foundation of physics.
AAPT Books Program - Calling All Authors!
We are interested in hearing from authors who desire to publish books in the areas of physics content, the history and philosophy of physics, physics education research, and the application of pedagogical techniques in physics. Book topics must fit within the AAPT mission of “enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.” We have prepared guidelines to help us evaluate prospective book ideas as we seek a publisher. If you are interested in authoring an AAPT book, please review the guidelines and consider submitting a proposal. Send questions about authoring an AAPT book to email@example.com.
Help Support National Meeting Attendees!
AAPT is committed to making sure that our national meetings are as accessible as possible to as many as possible. Our physics education community thrives when we can hear diverse voices and perspectives.
Did you know that AAPT offers assistance via small grants to individuals attending AAPT's summer and winter meeting who have childcare, dependent care, or elder care or who need assistance because of a disability? Did you also know that AAPT offers small travel grants for the summer and winter meetings to AAPT, NSHP, or NSBP members who need additional financial assistance including a few grants specifically to high school and two year college faculty who are from underrepresented groups and/or from institutions whose students are predominantly underrepresented?
Below are some examples of the impact that these grants have had:
"The grant allowed me to attend the meeting by helping to pay for a specialized caretaker ... and a babysitter."
"I was able to attend the meeting with my 3 month old child by bringing my spouse to help with childcare during the meeting."
"I was able to concentrate while attending the conference because I knew that my children were in good hands."
"My caretaker was able to transport me in a car and support me during my presentation while attending so that I didn't become too exhausted."
"I will be forever grateful for this opportunity to attend the AAPT national meeting."
"I was so excited to give my first invited talk at a large conference. Since my institution typically doesn't support travel, the AAPT travel grant made it possible for me to attend. Impact: 100%."
"If I had to cover all of the expenses myself I would have had to find a cheap hotel outside of town... With this grant I was able to stay at a hotel downtown making it much easier to attend evening events and also meet up with and network with other physics teachers."
"I was not in good financial position [and] the grant gave me [the] opportunity to participate for the first time."
Help AAPT continue to impact individuals and our field! Please donate to these funds to sustain these grants for future conferences! Read More
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!
Registration is open for the 2020 AAPT PhysicsBowl Contest taking place March 25 – April 10, 2020. Read More
Save the Date. The 2020 Physics Department Chairs Conference, sponsored jointly by AAPT and APS, will be held June 18-20, 2020 in College Park, MD. Registration information will be available in late January.
Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop, June 25-28, 2020 will be held in Los Angeles, CA. Nomination information will be available in mid-January.
2020 PhysTEC Conference
The PhysTEC Conference is the nation's largest meeting dedicated to the education of future physics teachers. It features workshops on best practices, panel discussions by national leaders, and networking opportunities for physics teacher educators. The conference will take place in Denver, Colorado, immediately preceding the APS March Meeting. Registration and abstracts close on February 13. Register today.
2020 PICUP Capstone Conference
Integrating Computation into Undergraduate Physics. What has been accomplished, and what does the future hold? July 15-18, 2020 (just before the AAPT Summer Meeting) at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI. Click here for more information.
PhysTEC is pleased to announce awards to five new sites: Bridgewater State University; California State University, San Bernardino; Lewis University; St. Mary’s College of Maryland; and the University of North Georgia. These new PhysTEC Recruiting Sites are well poised to help meet the nation’s dire need for more physics teachers by developing and sustaining successful recruiting strategies that can be implemented at a wide variety of institutions. The project will offer up to $25,000 for two years for each institution to achieve its project goals. In addition, each project team will be able to network with and learn from the best programs throughout the country. Each site will be focusing on the first three PTEPA rubric standards: institutional commitment, leadership and collaboration, and recruitment. Learn more
Become a STEP UP Ambassador!
APS & AAPT are looking for teacher leaders interested in working with a national group to help train other teachers in STEP UP lessons and resources. Participants will attend an Ambassador Cohort Summit in 2020 to meet their fellow Ambassadors. Together they will help introduce hundreds of teachers to the STEP UP resources throughout the year, reflect as a cohort, and provide vital feedback to the STEP UP program partners. Ambassadors will earn a $1,500 stipend and recognition for their year term. Read more about program requirements and apply by January 31, 2020. Learn more
Report on Undergraduate Physics Programs at Hispanic-Serving Institutions is now available online
In January 2018, the National Society of Hispanic Physicists and the American Association of Physics Teachers held a Conference on Enhancing Undergraduate Physics Programs at Hispanic Serving Institutions (EUPP-HSI). The Conference website is now archived on ComPADRE. The Conference Report compiles the results of a pre-conference survey, summarizes our discussions, and extracts recommendations from the discussions. The Conference report is freely available from AAPT
New Fellowship Opportunity for Underrepresented Minority Teachers of Physics
A joint project from the American Institute of Physics and the American Association of Physics Teachers is starting and we are looking for applicants. Eligible applicants should be Black, African American, African, Black LatinX, Black Caribbean, and those who identify within the African Diaspora and are either a current, recent, or pre-service physics Teacher. Read more
AAPT Member Spotlight
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We appreciate our community of members, and we are here to serve you. If you have any difficulties renewing your membership or have any membership-related questions, please do not hesitate to contact us in the Membership Department at 301.209.3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Discounts Now Available!
AAPT Members can now 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.
AAPT 2017-2018 PAEMST Awardees
Eight AAPT members have been honored as the 2017 and 2018 recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Read more
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 email@example.com
2020 PER Conference Blog - Call for Entries
The 2020 PERC Organizing Committee is working hard to prepare our community for the conference next year. The theme of the 2020 PERC is about the history, current, and future of physics education research. In other words, as the PER community continues to move forward, we need to take a pause and ask ourselves some critically important and yet easily forgotten questions, such as who we really are, what we really do, and why we do what we do. These questions are closely tied to the ultimate identities of ourselves. That's why we created this blog as an opportunity for us to share with each other the key features about ourselves (be they professional or personal) that we haven't yet got a chance to show through our published research. (You'll need to create a ComPADRE account to see the blog if you don't already have one.) If you are interested in contributing to the blog, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New AAPT Member Benefit: Up to 25 Free Downloads of AIP Journals Every Year
AAPT has partnered with AIP Publishing on a valuable new 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.
Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning
Date and Place: July 12-14, 2020, Portland, Oregon
Designed for those who teach introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools. Graduate credit will be available through the University of Oregon.*
Instructors: David Sokoloff, University of Oregon and Ronald Thornton, Tufts University
Participants will be introduced to research-validated, classroom-tested strategies for each component of the introductory course that have been demonstrated to improve learning. These include Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs), RealTime Physics (RTP) labs, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, Workshop Physics (WP), Physics with Video Analysis (PVA), and related online video analysis exercises. The course will also include the use of video analysis to identify analytic functions describing real data. Among other more recent developments are (1) 3rd edition RTP E & M labs using video analysis, (2) ILDs using clickers, (3) online homework using Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs), and (4) distance learning and in class labs using the self-contained, wireless IOLab (or other wireless data acquisition devices). Topics will be chosen from both semesters of introductory physics. Research on the effectiveness of these strategies will also be discussed.
The tools and software used in these active learning curricula are compatible with Macintosh and Windows OS, and with the popular interfaces and sensors. Participants will receive complimentary printed copies of the curricula (published by Wiley and Vernier, and also available for high school use as the ABP High School E-dition). The course fee is $225. (Early bird registration until May 15 is $195.)
* Up to three graduate credits from the University of Oregon will be available for an additional $100/credit.
For more information and to register: http://pages.uoregon.edu/sokoloff/CHAUT.htm
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
In the News
PTRA - Teaching quantum to Students
Teaching quantum to students is a challenge for most educators, but we have a solution to make it easier. In the summer of 2020, teachers who want to understand quantum AND how to teach it better to students can attend a 4 day quantum conference. There will be two locations: Dallas/Fort Worth and Pittsburgh. Upon completion of the 4 days of enriched sessions and hands-on training, not only will you be more confident in the classroom when teaching quantum, your students will understand it better too. Registration fee is $200 and spots are limited, so register today. There is an option to purchase graduate credit for an additional $500 if needed. For more information contact Karen Jo Matsler or use www.surveymonkey.com to be put on the mailing list for updates and information.
CPEP Award for Excellence in Teaching Contemporary Physics
The Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP) has established the CPEP Award for Excellence in Teaching Contemporary Physics to recognize an educator working with high school or middle school students, who has made outstanding achievements in teaching contemporary physics topics. Contemporary physics topics include, but are not limited to, particle physics, nuclear physics, plasma physics, cosmology, fusion physics, and gravitational waves. Please see www.CPEPphysics.org for more details on these topics.
2019 Meggers Project Award Winners Announced
The William F. and Edith R. Meggers Project Award is a biennial award of up to $25,000 that funds projects aimed at boosting interest in physics and improving the quality of high school physics education. Three proposals were funded this year.
- Promoting physics research in high school classrooms - Elia Eschenazi, chair of the department of mathematics, physics and statistics at the University of the Sciences, in Philadelphia, and high school physics teachers Gerald Jennings and William McWatters are veterans of the Meggers Project Award.
- Conducting physics experiments with smartphones - To make hands-on research experience more accessible, William Slaton, professor and director of engineering physics, and Umadevi Garimella, director of the STEM Institute, both from the University of Central Arkansas, plan to use funds from their Meggers Project Award for their proposal, "SMART Bears: Smartphones and Media for ARkansas science Teachers at UCA Bears."
- Creating a community of physics scholars - Peter Sheldon, professor and chair of the department of physics at Randolph College, and Pam Wise, executive assistant to the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Randolph College, hope to create a localized community of physics students by funding a variety of projects and activities with their Meggers Project Award for their proposal, "Physics Phest!," a physics-themed quiz bowl competition between high school physics students held at Randolph College’s annual science festival.
AIP seeks nominations for the Gemant Award
AIP seeks your assistance in identifying those that have had a lasting impact on the field through education and the arts. The Gemant Award “recognizes the accomplishments of a person who has made significant contributions to the cultural, artistic, or humanistic dimension of physics and is given annually. The award is made possible by a bequest of Andrew Gemant to the American Institute of Physics.” Previous winners display a diverse range of experiences but each has made a lasting impact on the perception and interpretation of the field to students and the general public.
Previous winners: https://www.aip.org/aip/awards/gemant-award/winners
Additional information: https://www.aip.org/aip/awards/gemant-award
Nominations are due January 31, 2020. AIP needs your help in:
• identifying and potentially nominating people who would be appropriate for this Award,
• reaching out directly to potential nominees or their associates so that a colleague can nominate them,
• or, if not possible, provide potential names to Brad Conrad (email@example.com), who can work with the Award committee to encourage a nomination package.
Nomination packages must include a cover letter the nominee’s CV. Additional letters of support or other evidence for their nomination is helpful and can be uploaded with the required materials. The submission portal is located at http://www.aip.org/awards/gemantnomination.jsp.
Arizona State University Master of Natural Science Degree in Physics for Teachers
Arizona State University has an interdisciplinary Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree in physics for high school and two-year college teachers. Courses are in summer, and the degree is founded on Modeling Instruction. Teachers in 15 western states can apply for discounted tuition; the deadline is APRIL 1. Partial tuition scholarships might be available.
More details: https://physics.asu.edu/admissions/mns-admissions/financial-support
For information: Jane.Jackson@asu.edu
The Living Physics Portal is now seeking beta users!
The Living Physics Portal is a new online environment for physics faculty to share and discuss free curricular resources for teaching 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. We are currently looking for beta users to contribute curricular materials to this early version of the site, browse our existing collection of high quality materials from our team, and give us feedback on the site. To learn more about what's available in the beta version of the site, and what will be available in the future, see what's available and what's coming and become a beta tester. To get involved in our upcoming in-person events, see our events page.
Career Toolbox for Undergraduates
The Careers Toolbox for Undergraduate Physics Students is a set of tools and exercises designed to help undergraduate physics students prepare to enter the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce. Tools range from exploring the common job titles of physics bachelor's to preparing for interviews, and are all geared specifically for physics students. This resource is brought to you by the American Institute of Physics and the Society of Physics Students. The 4th Edition is now ready for use.
Help students find the right grad program. Tell them about GradSchoolShopper.com
Advise your students to check out GradSchoolShopper.com, the most complete directory of graduate programs in the physical sciences. Students headed for graduate school can use this FREE service to search by degree programs, admission deadlines, research specialties, faculty profiles, GRE requirements, and more! New 2020 departmental data is now available. If your program isn't listed, contact us to find out how to have it included.
American Modeling Teachers Association
Modeling Workshops & Courses for 2020
The American Modeling Teachers Association will offer distance learning Modeling courses for the 2020 spring. The distance learning courses are synchronous sessions, 3 hours each, using the Zoom platform with video and break-out sessions. The leaders will dive deep into the Modeling pedagogy and use simulations and videos if labs cannot be conducted in participants' own time. Details.
Intro to Modeling, a 15 week course hosted on Tuesday evenings 7-10 pm EST
For details and registration
Advanced Topics for Middle School Modeling, a 5-week course hosted on Wednesday evenings from 7-10 pm EST
For details and registration
Electricity & Magnetism Modeling course, a 15 week course hosted on Thursday evenings from 7-10 pm EST
For details and registration
Information of the upcoming Summer 2020 Modeling Workshops is constantly updated every time when we receive information about another workshop. At this moment, workshops have been scheduled for Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio. For details
CERN's Beamline for Schools Competition
This competition is intended for high school students from around the world and invites students to propose an experiment, which can be performed at a beamline using a particle beam. The winning teams are invited with full cost covered to perform their experiments together with professional scientists and there are more attractive prizes to win. Teams can already register and the deadline for proposal submission is 31 March 2020. More information can be found on our website (cern.ch/bl4s).
Recruit STEM Interns from the Best Job Sites for FREE!
The AAPT Career Center offers no-cost postings to employers recruiting seasonal interns. Locate the best fit for your organization by reaching the future of the science community - the AAPT membership, as well as the members and student members of the American Physical Society (APS Physics), AVS Science and Technology, and the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma.
Get the word out! Your posting will also appear on the Physics Today Jobs site, which when combined with the job sites of the organizations mentioned above forms the ultimate online science, engineering, and computing career network, ensuring maximum relevant visibility for your internship. Visit https://jobs.aapt.org/employers/ to get posting!
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