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eNNOUNCER June 2013


2013 Summer Meeting - Advanced Rates End June 6th!

Register today to take advantage of the Advanced registration rates and save nearly $200 compared to the post-June 6 rate. With the 2013 Summer Meeting less than 2 months away, it's time to start planning your trip to Portland!  Join us for a meeting filled with something for educators at all levels.  There will be opportunities for professional development, speed networking for early career professionals, along with numerous social events.  This is the perfect opportunity to network with fellow physics educators from around the world. Register by June 6th to take advantage of the discounted rate.
We have plenty of sessions, workshops, and activities happening to keep you busy. For a complete listing, click here.
Learn more about the 2013 AAPT Summer Meeting and register today!
                      Save the Date:
                      Winter Meeting 2014, January 4-7 (Orlando, Florida)
                    Summer Meeting 2014, July 26-30 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)


Refer-A-Friend, Win A Kindle*

For those who have already registered for the summer meeting, thank you! Just as a reminder, the Refer-A-Friend contest lasts until June 6, 2013. After you've registered, simply refer a friend or colleague to join you and you'll receive one entry to win a new Kindle! In order to receive an entry, your referral must forward their confirmation email showing full conference registration, at the member or nonmember rate, to programs@aapt.org along with your name within the body of the email. You can refer as many colleagues as you'd like and you'll receive an entry for each qualified referral. *For the complete rules, visit the conference registration page.                   


Melba Newell Phillips Medal Fundraiser Celebration

Help support AAPT’s Melba Newell Phillips Fund!  Tickets are now available for the Melba Newell Phillips Medal Celebration and Dinner being held on July 13, 2013, during the summer meeting.  This event will honor of the life and legacy of Melba Newell Phillips.  Ms. Phillips was the first female president of AAPT.  Her service to AAPT was long and varied, including a stint as Acting Executive Officer of AAPT from 1975-77. The net proceeds from this event will help to endow the Melba Newell Phillips Medal established in her honor to recognize creative leadership and dedicated service to AAPT. A portion of the ticket cost is tax deductible. Learn more and purchase tickets for the Melba Newell Phillips Medal Celebration and Dinner.


AAPT Summer Meeting T-Shirt Design Contest

Want a chance to win $100?  Well, we are looking for creative designers to come up with a new t-shirt design for the 2013 AAPT Summer Meeting in Portland, Oregon.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go to the AAPT Student Fund.
                      AAPT SM13 T-shirt contestThe contest is open to current and past AAPT members, along with students of all ages!  Students do not have to be or have been members of AAPT nor do they have to be science or physics majors.  Not a designer, no worries!  Please share this contest with your students and colleagues. Download the Student Flyer.
                      The winning designs will incorporate a physics concept (literal or abstract), while also symbolizing Portland, Oregon.  Feel free to interpret this as you’d like, we're looking for creativity.  Download the contest guidelines and entry form here.  Entries are due by June 20th.


Social Media

We will be tweeting and posting updates to Facebook and Twitter, before, during, and after the meeting to provide you with details and helpful tips. Join the conversation on Twitter by visiting http://twitter.com/AAPTHQ or searching the hashtag #aaptsm13.  Remember to include that hashtag in your tweets!
                      Any last minute changes to the schedule, cancellations, and general announcements during the meeting will be posted on Twitter and Facebook.
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Announcement of New Editor for The Physics Teacher

AAPT is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary White as the new editor for The Physics Teacher.  Gary White, currently on leave from the American Institute  of Physics as a program director at the National Science Foundation, will start  as the new TPT editor on August 1, 2013.  Gary has served as the Director of the  Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma at AIP since 2001.  While Director  of SPS, he oversaw the production of six publications each year (the quarterly SPS  Observer and the physics honor society’s biennial Radiations), and worked with the  editor and staff to change the look and content of those publications significantly.  Gary is a long time member  of AAPT and an avid reader, reviewer, and contributor to TPT.  He knows the AAPT  and TPT community and its needs.
                      Read more about Gary.                   


2013 U.S. Physics Team Training Camp


An elite group of students from across the U.S. has emerged through a rigorous exam process that began last January with 4,435 students who participated in the Fnet=ma exam to qualify for the opportunity become a member of the 2013 U.S. Physics Team.
                      US Physics Team 2013 in labThese students are training at the University of Maryland for the mentally grueling exams and lab tests they'll face at the 44th International Physics Olympiad to be held from July 7–15, in Copenhagen, where student scholars from more than 90 nations will test their knowledge in physics, competing with the best in the world. Over the past eleven years, every U.S. Physics Team member traveling to the international competition has returned with a medal.  Five members of the 2013 team are returning from last year.
                      Meet the team and Read more!


2012 Barbara Lotze Scholarship Winners


The recipients of the 2012 Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers are Margarita Apolo Esteban, Kristin Rene Holz, Rebecca Kristine Napolitano, and Elizabeth Noel Olson.
                      Read more!


Apparatus Competition - Entry Materials Due June 15

If you are planning to submit an entry for the 2013 Apparatus Competition, materials must be submitted by June 15.
                      Read more about the Apparatus Competition!


The Golden Goose Award

The AAPT needs your help in developing nominations for the Golden Goose Award, an award that demonstrates to policymakers, the news media, and the public the importance of federally funded basic research.  Award winners will be chosen from a pool of nominees developed by partnership of founding universities, think tanks, and businesses led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the Breakthrough Institute, the Progressive Policy Institute, The Science Coalition, the Task Force on American Innovation, and United for Medical Research. Charlie Holbrow is serving as AAPT's representative on a newly created nominating committee for the Golden Goose Award, and we have the opportunity to make nominations of AAPT members whose work has led to significant advances in physics education.  To take advantage of this opportunity, we need recommendations for potential Golden Goose Awardees from AAPT members. If you have a recommendation for a nomination, or have any questions, please contact Charlie Holbrow at cholbrow@mit.edu.
                      Read more!


Career Learning Center

Professional development is a work in progress, and constantly gaining new skills and knowledge is essential to the success of any career. The latest enhancement to the AAPT Career Center AAPT Career Center - the Career Learning Center - is a career-guidance companion to searching the latest science teaching jobs. Equipped with four career-centric seminars, the AAPT Career Learning Center is a user-friendly virtual platform that satisfies the professional needs of AAPT members at all points on the career spectrum.
                      This helpful content is ONLY available to registered users with the AAPT Career Center, a free job seeker service provided by AAPT. Quickly login or create your job seeker account, and take control of your future by building a stronger presence among our industry’s top employers.                   


AAPT Undergraduate Physics Program Review Project

AAPT recognizes that undergraduate physics programs benefit from receiving feedback on the quality of the program.  In order to assist physics programs that are planning a review, AAPT maintains a list of reviewers whose names will be supplied to institutions submitting requests.    To be a reviewer, you must meet a number of qualifications - see the qualifications. If you fulfill the qualifications and are interested in serving as an external reviewer, please send a short message to eo@aapt.org to begin the process for being placed on the list.  If your department or program is interested in requesting names of potential reviewers, please send a request to eo@aapt.org or via fax at 301-209-0845.

Hashim A. Yamani Membership Scholarships

Each year, AAPT awards several two-year Hashim A. Yamani AAPT Memberships,  which are regular electronic memberships and include electronic only access to copies of the American Journal of Physics, The Physics Teacher, and Physics Today. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2013. Read more!

Melba Newell Phillips Medal Endowment

We are seeking contributions to grow the The Melba Newell Phillips Medal Endowment. Melba Phillips was one of AAPT’s most active members and visionary leaders. The Medal was established in 1981 by a core group of AAPT members who wanted special recognition to be given to AAPT members who have demonstrated creative leadership and dedicated service that resulted in exceptional contributions to AAPT much like that given by Melba. The recipient delivers an address at the AAPT Meeting at which the award is presented. Continue Phillips' legacy and the recognition of AAPT’s next generation of leaders by giving to the Melba Newell Phillips Medal Endowment.

The Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment

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, 2013. Learn more.

Get More From Your Membership!

It may be semester’s end, but don’t lose touch with your Association.
  For many of you, the end of a semester provides a welcome respite, a much needed period to relax, reflect and plan for the months ahead.  But you can still remain connected to your colleagues and the physics community by keeping your AAPT membership current.  Is it time for you to renew?  Log into your member record and check your member status.  Stay up to date on AAPT events, news and activities by keeping your membership up to date.  Contact your Member Services Department at 301-209-3333, or by e-mail at membership@aapt.org if you need assistance, or have further questions.


        Visit ComPADRE in Portland!

Coming to the AAPT Summer Meeting? We will have our many collection sites up and running for you to take a test drive and review. There will be materials for you to take away and share with colleagues, as well as editors and staff to answer any questions you may have. Please stop by Booth #301 and see what ComPADRE has to offer!
  The ComPADRE Digital Library is a network of free online resource collections supporting faculty, students, and teachers in Physics and Astronomy Education. If you aren't familiar with ComPADRE, you can visit the main portal site, and any of our focused collections @ http://www.compadre.org.


Section News

To list your section meeting in the AAPT Calendar of Events, e-mail the information to mgardner@aapt.org. See the December 2012 Section News.                   


2013 APS Bridge Program Summer Meeting

June 27-29, 2013 ~ College Park, MD
                      Registration for the APS Bridge Program Summer Meeting, June 27-29, 2013 in College Park, MD is now open. The meeting will bring together experts to discuss efforts to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who receive PhDs in physics. Faculty, administrators, researchers and students are welcome to attend. Registration fees are $100 for Bridge Member Institutions and $175 for non-member institutions. Become a member.
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Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards are now available on the NGSS website. AAPT is reviewing the standards and will provide commentary in a few weeks.                   


2013 ALPhA Laboratory Immersions

The Advanced Laboratory Physics Association (ALPhA) is pleased to announce the 2013 ALPhA Laboratory Immersions. ALPhA’s Immersion experiences provide participants with two to three days of intensive hands-on work with a single advanced laboratory experiment. Enrollment is limited to two to three participants per experiment in order to ensure that every participant learns the experiment well enough to teach it themselves. Get more information about each of the experiments offered in 2013 and to register for the Immersion of your choice.


Physics and Engineering Teaching Opportunities — Summer 2013

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking enthusiastic instructors for their summer programs for gifted elementary, middle, and high school students. CTY offers intense, 3-week academic programs for highly talented students from across the country and around the world. CTY staff work with exceptional students, make contacts and friendships with dynamic colleagues, and gain valuable teaching experience in a rigorous academic setting. Courses are offered in physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, and field sciences. Find full course descriptions, job descriptions, and applications online.


New MIT Online Physics Course to Provide Continuing Education Credit

American Association of Physics Teachers offers 8 CEU’s for course participants
                      Mechanics ReView, a new Massive Open Online Course offered by MIT on the edX platform this summer will offer eight Continuing Education Units through a collaboration with the American Association of Physics Teachers. Learn more and register.


PhysTEC Addresses Shortage of Physics Teachers

The PhysTEC program was highlighted in the FY 2014 National Science Foundation Budget Request to Congress. The program is recognized for the success of member institutions that graduate about 300 high-school physics teachers per year, addressing a significant fraction of the growing national need for 1400 new physics teachers per year. Read more on page 14.


Zenodo - Sharing Research Data Across Europe - Making Science More Visible

Newly launched, Zenodo www.zenodo.org offers a one-stop-store for research output. Created by OpenAIRE and CERN, and supported by the European Commission, this new-generation online repository offers its service from the OpenAIRE pan-European initiative, which expands the linking of research output to datasets and funding information, in European and national contexts.
                      Read more.                   


Modeling Workshops

Fifty Modeling Workshops in high school physics, chemistry,  physical science, and biology will be offered in summer 2013, in many states. Modeling Workshops are peer-led. Modeling Instruction is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an Exemplary K-12 science program. Some sites offer stipends, usually for in-state teachers.  Graduate credit is available at some sites. Pre-service teachers and TYC faculty are welcome too. More information. Workshop descriptions.


ASU Modeling Workshops in Physics and Chemistry

Four Modeling Workshops (June 10-28, June 17-28, July 1-19) for high school physics, chemistry, and physical science teachers nationwide are offered by Arizona State University in Tempe. The program can lead to a Master of Natural Science degree. Low-cost family housing is available. Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program by the U.S. Department of Education.
                      More information. Workshop descriptions.                   



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