eNNOUNCER June 2019
Get involved in AAPT! Many opportunities!
AAPT members tell us that one of the best things about being a member is that AAPT provides a platform for giving back to the community. When you look at the diverse variety of AAPT activities, you see that the value in the organization comes from its members, their expertise, and their service to the community of physics educators.
There are many opportunities to learn about the efforts of AAPT and its members, and we have opportunities for you, to engage in activities that contribute to AAPT's mission to "enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching." The way we, as members, support this mission continues to evolve as the organization changes and the world changes. Read more
AAPT Congressional Visit Day highlights the importance of effective and inclusive STEM classrooms
The Board of Directors of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) has again partnered with the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Public Policy Team to engage congress in important discussions around Physics and STEM Education. #AAPTontheHill Read more
Be a part of the AAPT delegation to Egypt!
As President and Executive Officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), we are honored to have been selected as leaders of the AAPT delegation to Egypt. We invite you, as an AAPT member, to join us in this important international exchange. In conjunction with World Learning, a US-based nonprofit organization, this delegation has been developed to foster one-on-one dialogue with our overseas counterparts. Our delegation will continue World Learning's 85-year legacy of advancing leadership through engaging citizens and forming networks between US and international counterparts. This delegation, specializing in STEM and Physics Education, will convene in Cairo, Egypt in December 2019. We believe you would contribute valued expertise to the team while gaining both personally and professionally from the experience. Read more
Donate and Nominate: New award for AAPT members who are Early Career Emerging Leaders
At the AAPT 2018 Summer Meeting, the AAPT Board of Directors established the new AAPT Early Career Emerging Leader (EXCEL) Award. While most AAPT awards recognize members who are more established in their careers, this particular award supports members who are at the start of their careers, through a monetary prize, mentorship, and professional development. These are the members who will serve AAPT in exciting leadership roles for years to come and can bring fresh, innovative ideas to the organization. This investment in AAPT's new leaders is an investment in AAPT's long-term success. Nominations will be accepted soon. Click here to learn more Click here to donate online
2019 AAPT Summer Meeting
Join us at the 2019 AAPT Summer Meeting in Provo, Utah July 20-24. Surround yourself with Physics Educators from around the globe and develop and strengthen professional connections. Hear from internationally known plenary speakers, such as Jodi A. Cooley, Associate Professor of experimental particle physics at Southern Methodist University (SMU), as well as Jack Burns, Professor, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado (Boulder). Attend sessions, workshops and special activities designed with you mind. Don't miss this opportunity to share your expertise and learn from and network with leaders in the field. Check the AAPT website for more information as it becomes available.
Enter the 2019 AAPT Apparatus Competition
The AAPT Apparatus Competition is held each year at the Summer Meeting, this year in Washington DC . There are two main categories, Low Cost and Unlimited. Pasco has again graciously sponsored the prizes, $1000 for First Place. The Application Deadline is June 15, 2019. Please consider entering one or more of your Physics Apparatus in the competition.
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Please click here to view the 2019 AAPT Summer Meeting Program.
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Sponsorship and Digital Advertising Opportunities
AAPT’s summer meeting is expected to draw over 1,200 physics educators from around the globe. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your company stand ahead of the rest. Click here for some exciting opportunities.
The 2019 AAPT Summer Meeting will take place at the Utah Valley Convention Center and the main conference hotel will be the Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Please click here for more information and to make a reservation.
The summer meeting is offering over 40 exciting workshops to help develop and expand your teaching methods. Please click here for a complete list.
K-12 Teachers' Day and Two-Year College Day
A special one day registration rate is being offered to K-12 and Two-Year College teachers who have never attended an AAPT National meeting. This is an excellent opportunity to share and learn from your colleagues, while sampling what AAPT has to offer. Click here for K-12 info and here for TYC info.
AAPT Travel and Dependent Care Grants
Are you an AAPT member who needs help travelling to the summer meeting to make a presentation or do you need help covering the cost of child or dependent care in order to attend the summer meeting? Please click here for information on the AAPT Travel or AAPT Child and Dependent Care Grants.
2019 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT Announced
AAPT has announced that Laura E. McCullough, Geraldine Cochran, Larry Engelhardt, Brian Pyper will receive the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during the 2019 Summer Meeting in Provo, Utah.
2019 AAPT Fellows Awards Announced
The 2019 AAPT Fellows Awardees have been announced. The criterion for selection of Fellows is exceptional contribution to AAPT's mission, to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers. Any AAPT member who has maintained an active membership for at least 7 years is eligible for nomination for Fellowship. Nominations are evaluated by the AAPT Awards committee and approved by the AAPT Board of Directors. Read more
2019 Millikan Medal Awarded to Tom Greenslade
AAPT has announced that Tom Greenslade will receive the Robert A. Millikan Medal during the 2019 Summer Meeting in Provo, Utah. This award recognizes educators who have made notable and intellectually creative contributions to the teaching of physics. Read more
David Jackson to Receive the AAPT 2019 David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced that David Jackson will receive the 2019 David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching. This award is given in recognition of contributions to undergraduate physics teaching and awardees are chosen for their extraordinary accomplishments in communicating the excitement of physics to their students. Read more
2019 Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced that Jodi A. Cooley, Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, TX, is the 2019 recipient of the Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award. The lecture and award will be presented during the AAPT Summer Meeting in Provo, Utah.
This award recognizes educators who have made notable and creative contributions to the teaching of physics. Cooley has not only provided the physics department at SMU added diversity from her research, but a great increase in enrollments of students as physics majors and minors due to her uncanny ability to depict and elucidate the importance of physics. Read more
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.
New!! AAPT Diversity T-Shirts for SM19
New for the AAPT 2019 Summer Meeting in Provo, UT is the AAPT diversity shirt. It features art by Maggie Greenwood and lets you show your commitment to diversity and inclusion in physics. The shirts can be purchased for $22 when you register for AAPTSM19 online, available for pickup at the meeting, or $25 on site. Net proceeds go to AAPT's Special Projects and Philanthropy Committee's Travel Grant fund, which supports travel for high school and two-year college faculty who are from underrepresented groups and/or institutions that predominantly serve those populations.
PTRA is seeking ways to help new or first year physics teachers. In May a session was held at the UTeach Conference in Austin to showcase ways that AAPT and PTRA can help them in starting their new career. On June 27, AAPT PTRA will be featured at the USEA conference for UTeach graduates. If you have a colleague or student teacher who is new to physics education, please send them our contact information so we can provide them with support and include them in our professional learning community. Are your students are asking about the pictures of the M87? PTRAs have some resources available for your classroom to engage students and help them understand what they are seeing in the photograph. Contact us for more information or to schedule a workshop in your area.
Twenty of the country's best and brightest high school physics students are sitting in a University of Maryland classroom, learning the theories that might land them the opportunity to travel to the 50th International Physics Olympiad in Tel Aviv, Israel.
These high school students are the U.S. Physics Team and have gathered from across the country to train for the 2019 Annual International Physics Olympiad. From May 28 to June 8, they are spending thirteen hours a day at the University of Maryland in fast-paced lecture classes and hands-on labs that challenge the depth and breadth of their knowledge of physics. 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!
The Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment provides grants to support special activities in the area of physics teaching. The deadline for applications to request funds is July 1.
Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop
The next Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop will be held June 24-27, 2019 in College Park, MD. This NSF-funded project now reaches about 50% of the new tenure-track hires in physics and astronomy in the U.S. Click here for more information about the workshops.
The PhysTEC Fellows program provides recognition and support for postsecondary faculty looking to improve their physics teacher preparation programs. PhysTEC Fellows collaborate with their institutional team and a fellowship cohort to plan and implement changes. Learn more and apply
PhysTEC Request for Proposals
PhysTEC is now accepting recruiting grant proposals. Awardees will receive $25,000 to implement a two-year improvement plan for their physics teacher training programs. Do not miss this opportunity to help curb the national deficit of qualified physics educators! Deadline: September 27. Learn 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! We will be launching the program in the coming weeks, so be sure to check the Member Discounts Program page for details.
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.
Applications Now Being Accepted for Jossem Fund Grants
Applications are currently being accepted for the E. Leonard Jossem Fund. The E. Leonard (Len) Jossem International Education Fund provides grants to individuals in support of international programs dealing with teaching and learning of physics. The fund will be available for two different categories:
• Collaborations between U.S. and developing countries. Funding should facilitate interactions and exchanges of ideas between U.S. physics educators and/or students and those in developing countries.
• International meetings and conferences focused on physics education. Meetings and conferences should involve direct contact between physics educators and furnish the interactions that stimulate new ideas and lasting collaborations. Students and faculty with limited resources can apply for funding to attend international meetings and conferences.
The Jossem Fund invites applications from physics educators who are AAPT members at any academic stage or rank. Only AAPT members may apply. Awards will range from $200 to $2,000. Applications must be received by late spring or early summer. The deadline is June 7 for consideration during the 2019 fiscal year. Applications will be reviewed by the Special Projects and Philanthropy Committee. Click here for more information.
Teachers and Faculty Who Have Tutored Physics?
The AAPT Committee on the Interests of Senior Physicists (CISP) is considering organizing sessions or workshops on tutoring in physics and astronomy. We think that such sessions would be of particular interest to physics teachers looking for post-retirement occupations.
Do you know teacher or faculty member who has tutored physics at any level? If so, please send their names and email addresses to Charlie Holbrow, Chair of CISP (email@example.com). CISP would like to get in contact with them and learn about their experiences and explore how we might share these with interested colleagues.
The possibilities for tutoring online either on your own or through some online agency are of particular interest, but there are useful things to say about any sort of tutoring. CISP wants to gather information about all modes of tutoring physics and make the information widely available.
Support New Teachers!
Are you interested in the ways you can 'pay it forward'? Have you thought about how you can truly impact the future? Consider supporting the next generation of physics teachers with your tax deductible donation to the AAPT New Teacher Fund. Your generosity helps to provide professional development opportunities to new, and early career educators, with a membership in AAPT. Proceeds from this fund underwrite much of the cost of membership dues and, enables us to expand our outreach efforts.
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.
Free Individual Membership in the Council on Undergraduate Research for Faculty in Institutions with Enhanced Membership
One of AAPT's frequent collaborative organizations, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has an enhanced institutional member category. For a list of CUR’s enhanced members, please see this webpage. If you, and other faculty, administrators, and students are at a CUR enhanced member institution, your individual membership is FREE. All you need to do is to sign-up, remembering to choose the division of physics and astronomy as your “home” in CUR. CUR’s physics and astronomy division is very active, and more members would be welcome!
Please refer to the Membership Tab of the CUR website (https://www.cur.org)) hover over “Become a Member”, select the Individual Membership Online Application, and select your institution’s name from the dropdown list. A “pop up” message will announce that you have added onto the Enhanced Membership, click OK and complete the application form. Thanks for sharing this great opportunity to connect with CUR with your colleagues in physics and/or astronomy departments.
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
Pass on the exciting news! Fulbright DAST Cycle II projects are open for U.S. K-12 educators!
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program for U.S. Teachers (Fulbright DAST) provides an opportunity for outstanding K-12 teachers from the United States to take part in a two- to six-week professional development experience overseas. Fulbright DAST Cycle II projects will take place in 12 different countries between October 2019 - May 2020.
In the News
International Newsletter on Physics Education
The April/May issue of the International Newsletter on Physics Education published by the International Commission on Physics Education is now available. Click here for more information.
Dick and Rae's Demo Notebook
Print copies of the widely used Dick and Rae's Physics Demo Notebook by Richard Minnix and Rae Carpenter are still available through the Physics and Astronomy Department at Virginia Military Institute. The Notebook contains detailed instructions and pictures for about 600 demos in all areas of physics. Dick and Rae used the Notebook for many years for their two-week intensive workshops on lecture demos. Send a $45 check (or invoice) to Col. Timothy M. Hodges, Head Department of Physics and Astronomy Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA 24450 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 540-464-7123 The $45 includes postage and any applicable sales tax. All proceeds will go to an educational fund in the VMI Foundation
Get print copies, digital access, educator guides & more - Sign up now for Science News in High Schools
Through the generous support of program sponsors, the Society for Science & the Public is excited to offer free annual subscriptions of Science News magazine to public high schools and public charter schools for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Science News in High Schools program. Sign up now for Science News in High Schools and, at no cost to you or your school, receive 10 hard copies of the biweekly magazine, supplementary digital Educator Guides for each issue, free digital access for the entire faculty and student population to the complete archive of journalism and educator resources, and access to an online community of educators. Science News, published since 1922, provides an approachable overview from all fields and applications of STEM daily on the web and biweekly in a published magazine. To learn more about the program, click here.
Week-long Workshop on Coding in Physics / Physical Science in Bloomington, IN
The STEMcoding project will be offering a week-long in person workshop from July 14-19 in Bloomington, Indiana as part of the Pathfinders Summer Institute which is one of the best attended gatherings of computer-science-interested teachers in the country. The workshop is intended for high school physics and physical science teachers, and Prof. Chris Orban and Prof. Richelle Teeling-Smith, who are the creators of the STEMcoding youtube channel will be there running it. The workshop will be a much more in depth version of the half-day STEMcoding workshop that was offered at the AAPT meeting in Washington DC, and the upcoming AAPT meeting in Provo, Utah. For more information look here. If interested or if you have questions please e-mail email@example.com
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.
Student Research Foundation
Please help us to identify strategies to close the gap between STEM supply and STEM demand. If you receive a package of surveys by mail, please complete them. If you have not yet received a mailed survey package from The Research Consortium on STEM Career Pathways, please ensure that you and your students are included by filling out this simple online form or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for participating!
To the GIREP members and sympathizers
GIREP is working on improving even more the quality of Teaching and Learning Physics with different initiatives with the goal to support the production of research results, studies and in general teaching proposals based on PER. Contributing to this goal are the excellent Conferences and Seminars, organized more and more in collaboration with other bodies, the very active and qualified GTGs instituted in the last years and the contracts with the Springer and IOP for ISI books of selected papers. Content research, design based research and integration of research with practice is characterizing the GIREP members and sympathizers. Read More
Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning
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. Read more
CPEP Award for Excellence in Teaching Contemporary Physics
The Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP) has established the International 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. Click here for more information.
Melba Phillips Papers Now Online
The Niels Bohr Library & Archives (NBLA) at the American Institute of Physics has digitized the papers of physicist and physics educator Melba Phillips. The whole collection is now accessible to the public in NBLA’s online repository here. Click here to read a brief biography of Phillips and to learn about some of the interesting items in the collection.
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. New 2019 departmental data is now available! 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! If your program isn’t listed, contact us to find out how to have it included.
Highly Trained STEM Teachers Needed to Boost America's Global Competitiveness, According to New Study
The United States' global competitiveness is at risk as the nation confronts persistent shortages of STEM teachers. More than half of all high school physics teachers lacked certification in the discipline in 2012, for example. As a result, students who are interested in STEM careers find themselves ill prepared to compete in an increasingly highly technical workforce.
A new study by the American Physical Society, in collaboration with the American Chemical Society, Computing Research Association, and Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership, addresses the reasons why STEM students shy away from teaching as a career and offers ways to counter the trend. Download the full report at www.aps.org/policy/reports.
American Modeling Teachers Association
During the 2018 summer, almost 800 teachers attended one of the 49 Modeling Workshops, held in 14 different states. Plans are currently being made for the 2019 season, in which we hope to have workshops in Physics (mechanics, E&M, waves, computational Modeling: Physics First, light and sound), chemistry (first and second semester), biology, physical science and workshops for middle school teachers. The workshop information will be made available in the spring on the website.
Contact Wendy email@example.com.
Face to Face Modeling WorkshopsThe 2019 face-to-face Modeling Workshops Cognition and Instruction in STEM, are posted on the website as we receive the information. Workshops have been planned for Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio. Workshops are scheduled for physics, chemistry, biology, middle school and physical science. Click here for details.
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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