eNNOUNCER May 2020
AAPT 2020 Summer Meeting in Grand Rapids Changed to Virtual Meeting
The health and well-being of AAPT members and staff, as well as the Grand Rapids community, is our top priority. As a result, we will be offering the AAPT 2020 Summer Meeting, currently scheduled for July 18-22, 2020, as a virtual meeting. Our national conferences provide many rich opportunities to develop community and engage and learn from one another - we are committed to providing a space to do this, online, this summer. We have made arrangements with the hotel and convention center to be back in person, in Grand Rapids, for Summer 2022.
The decision to postpone the meeting was based on continuing concerns about the global pandemic, the continued need for physical distancing, the significant risks of large gatherings, and the possibility of a second wave of infections. We recognize that this meeting has already taken hours of our members' time to develop presentations, workshops, sessions, posters and other aspects of the program. We look forward to working with membership to prepare an exciting program for a Virtual 2020 Summer Meeting. We thank you for your support and your patience as we continue to work together through this unprecedented situation. Please look for additional communications regarding V-SM20 in the near future. Read more
Regarding the Impact of COVID-19 on AAPT and Our Members
Message from the AAPT President, Past President, and Executive Officer. Read more
Notification to Members Concerning Amendments to AAPT By-Laws
The AAPT Board of Directors will be voting on the By-Law amendments we mentioned at the 2020 Meeting of the Members. In order to amend the By-Laws, the proposed changes need to be announced to the Board four months before the vote and need to be announced to membership, for public comment, at least one month before the vote. Announcements were made to the Board at the January 2020 Board meeting. For more information on the process for Amendments to the By-Laws please see Article X of the By-Laws here.
This notification serves as the announcement to AAPT membership. We invite you to comment on these amendments and request that all comments be received by July 1st. All comments should be submitted here.
Summary of revisions:
Student members of AAPT did not have the privilege of voting. We have added the privilege to vote for student members in the By-Laws.
We have eliminated the "emeritus" membership title and the "sustaining" membership title and replaced them with "retired" and "partner," respectively.
Allowing students to vote aligns with AAPT's core values. Having both the "emeritus" and "retired" titles caused unnecessary confusion. The single title of "retired" will eliminate this confusion and better aligns with titles used by other professional organizations. The term "partners" better describes the current "sustaining membership" category.
These revisions meant that sections referring to these membership titles needed to be revised throughout the By-Laws. To see all the changes to the ByLaws please review the document here, where these changes are highlighted.
Join Us for the AAPT Virtual Coffee Hour and Remote Instruction Share-a-thon Every Tuesday
COVID-19 has obviously had a tremendous impact on how our members instruct their students. AAPT is working to help our members communicate with one another to provide the best physics education possible. Every Tuesday, 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! In order to make these sessions available to as many members as possible, we will be alternating our start times every other week between a 4:00 PM and a 7:00 PM start time.
The next Virtual Coffee Hour will be on April 28 from 4:00-5:00 Eastern. Check your in-box for an invitation. Please make sure you RSVP (email@example.com) 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!
Beth Parks to Become Next Editor of the American Journal of Physics
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced that Beth Parks will assume the position of Editor for the American Journal of Physics (AJP) September 1, 2020. Read More
2020 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT Announced
2020 Millikan Medal Awarded to David M. Cook
AAPT has announced that David M. Cook will receive the Robert A. Millikan Medal during the 2020 Summer Meeting. This award recognizes educators who have made notable and intellectually creative contributions to the teaching of physics. Cook is a pioneer in computational physics education and has rendered extraordinary service to AAPT on Area Committees, the Meetings Committee, AAPT representative to AIP Governing Board, and in the Presidential Chain. He has organized a computational physics conference and led computational curriculum education projects. He has been an AAPT member since 1966. Read more
Deborah Mason-McCaffrey to Receive the AAPT 2020 David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching
Deborah Mason-McCaffrey will receive the 2020 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. John Wiley & Sons is the principal source of funding for this award, through its donation to the AAPT. Read more
James Kakalios Named as Recipient of the 2020 Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced today that James Kakalios, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, is the 2020 recipient of the Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award. The lecture and award will be presented during the AAPT Summer Meeting. Read more
Ann Walkup to Receive 2020 Paul W. Zitzewitz Excellence in K-12 Teaching Award
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced today that the 2020 Paul Zitzewitz Excellence in K-12 Physics Teaching Award winner is Ann Walkup, a physics teacher at Cranston High School East, Cranston, Rhode Island. This award is in recognition for contributions to pre-college physics teaching and awardees are chosen for their extraordinary accomplishments in communicating the excitement of physics to their students. Read more
Join the American Journal of Physics Editorial Staff
Are you a regular reader of the American Journal of Physics? Consider joining its editorial staff. The American Journal of Physics seeks assistant and/or associate editors to begin September 1, 2020. The position can be defined flexibly to accommodate your preferences, ranging from a stipend to a partial teaching release.
Additionally, the journal is seeking an editor for a new feature that would recruit researchers to write pedagogical introductions to their research areas. These topics could be presented as examples or applications in upper-level courses, and the articles also might inform advanced undergraduates and new graduate students who are selecting a research area.
Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2020. Applications are particularly sought from members of groups who are under-represented in physics. For additional information, please see the AAPT jobs webpage.
AAPT One Minute Survey - May 2020
Sponsorship and Digital Advertising Opportunities
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Help Support AAPT!
We are living in incredibly challenging times right now. Many physics educators have been impacted and had to change their classes mid-spring from in-person to remote learning. AAPT has been on the forefront providing resources to help with this transition. 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!
2019 Barbara Lotze Scholarship Winners
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced the winners of the 2019 Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Teachers.
Undergraduate students enrolled, or planning to enroll, in physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors entering such programs are eligible. Successful applicants receive a stipend of up to $2,000 and a complimentary AAPT Student Membership for one year. The scholarship may be granted to an individual for each of four years. Read more
AAPT Supports International Educators and Students
AAPT is committed to increasing the effectiveness of Physics education around the world. Through a grant supported by Harold Q & Charlotte Mae Fuller Fund, the Association provides a number of fully-funded, two-year memberships to physics teachers in developing countries. The deadline is July 1st. If you know an eligible physics teacher who would benefit from this support, submit your application today!
Yamani Membership Grants for Students and Early-Career Professionals
Each year, through the Hashim A Yamani Fund, AAPT awards several 2-year memberships to students or early-career professionals who are either planning to teach or already teaching physics in their native country. Citizens of any country are eligible, with priority given to citizens of developing countries. If your students are planning to become a teacher, or have recently graduated and started teaching, tell them to apply for a Yamani Membership today! Deadline: July 1.
AAPT Career Center
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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.” Send questions about authoring an AAPT book to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we weren't able to have the U.S. Physics Team Camp this year, and send a team to IPhO due to the current COVID-19 crisis, we wanted to give students a chance to challenge themselves with the USAPhO exam. Approximately 400 students from all over the U.S. took the semi-final exam on April 28th. The exam questions were placed on the AAPT website, which enabled the students to practice from any location of their choice. Those who qualified for the USAPhO will receive a certificate of participation, as well as being listed on AAPT's website as Qualifiers for the USAPHO exam. U.S. Physics Team Academic Director, JiaJia Dong, as well as coaches, Mark Eichenlaub, Abijith Krishnan, Kye Shi, Brian Skinner, Mike Winer, and Kevin Zhou will be hosting a virtual panel discussion of the USAPhO exam problems.
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, 2020.
The theme of this conference will be Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices for Teaching Physics Online with a particular focus on computational work. Please consider submitting a presentation abstract for this virtual conference. The abstract submission deadline is May 15th. For more information, see the website.
2020 Physics Department Chairs Conference will be online June 18-19, 2020. Reserve the date: 18/19 June 2020, for the AAPT/APS Physics Department Chairs Online Conference. Topics include: New Chairs workshop, Town Hall with NSF Division Directors, APS governmental response to restarting research, major national initiatives (EP3 and TEAM-UP), and opportunities to discuss numerous sessions discussing on-line education and other activities in the response to COVID-19. Agenda and free registration available in early May.
Coding Integration into High School Physics & Physical Science using STEMcoding Project Resources
AAPT Online course for credit. The goal of this particular course is to show teachers how computer programming exercises can be integrated into high school physics (AP or non-AP) and high school physical science in a simple, fun and engaging way. To learn more and register, click here.
STEMcoding / AFIT Summer Teacher Fellowship
This position has been filled.
The STEMcoding Project is partnering with the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Dayton, Ohio to support 1-2 paid summer fellowship positions for teachers to create classroom activities that mix computer science, science and mathematics concepts. A key goal of this work is to broaden the "pipeline" of students who receive computer science training in high school. For more information and an application form can be found here.
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
Nominate a PhysTEC Teacher of the Year
The PhysTEC Teacher of the Year program recognizes outstanding high school physics teachers who are alumni of PhysTEC member institutions. All institutions are encouraged to nominate a deserving graduate for this award. One national winner and several local winners will be selected and recognized nationally. Nomination deadline: June 5. Submit a nomination
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Member Discounts Now Available!
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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
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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
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Distance Learning Introductory Resources Available
Please see: https://pages.uoregon.edu/sokoloff/HomeAdaptedILDs.html for some of our Interactive Lecture Demonstrations adapted to a format that students can use at home. Also, while we realize that hardware requirements will severely limit its usefulness, we wanted you to know that the IOLab version of RealTime Physics Mechanics is available for you to use. Go here for details.
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
Quantum for All Summer 2020-revised plans
In an effort to strengthen the STEM workforce and prepare students for future quantum related job opportunities, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)1, and national business partners are working together to provide camps and conferences for teachers and students. Quantum for All is an opportunity for educators and students to broaden their understanding of quantum information systems and quantum mechanics by engaging in activities specifically developed for the HS classroom. 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.
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.
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
Information on 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
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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