eNNOUNCER May 2015


2015 AAPT Summer Meeting - College Park, MD

Early Bird Registration for the 2015 AAPT Summer Meeting, July 25-29 at the University of Maryland - College Park, will end in less than one month. Visit the meeting website today to learn about the sessions, workshops, accommodations, and more.

We're also accepting post-deadline abstracts until May 6th. Don't delay, submit here. Have small children? Learn more about the AAPT Child Care grants the deadline is June 25th, apply today!

This is your chance to learn from and network with hundreds of physics educators from around the globe. Register today to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration rate, you have until May 28th. Learn more & register today!

High School Physics Teacher Camp

AAPT is sponsoring a HS Physics Teacher Camp on Sunday, July 26th in College Park, MD, the site of the AAPT Summer Meeting. The Camp is a self-organizing opportunity for teachers of high school physics classes to discuss topics such as inquiry labs, standards-based grading, video analysis, and computer-based labs. The reqistrants will determine the topics. There will also be an expectation to share something about your teaching with the group. The cost for the day is about $20, but you must apply to be invited. More information »

New AAPT Fellows Announced

The AAPT Fellows for 2015 are Frank Cascarano, Anthony Escuadro, Paul J. Heafner, William T. Waggoner, and Paul Williams. The new Fellows will be recognized during the Summer Meeting in College Park, Maryland.

2015 AAPT Summer Meeting Service Awards

AAPT has announced that the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT will be awarded to Kathleen Harper, Jill Marshall, Marie Plumb, Scott Schultz, and Albert Thompson during the 2015 Summer Meeting in College Park, Maryland.

Announcing the AAPT Speakers Bureau

The AAPT Speakers Bureau was created to provide suggestions for SPS chapters, physics departments, and others seeking speakers on various physics-related topics. It is now available online. Members are invited to Register as a Speaker. You are encouraged to share this resource with other members who would qualify for the Speakers Bureau or are looking for a great physics speaker. Read more »

AAPT's 2015 Ementoring Webinar Series

Upcoming Ementoring webinars:

May 11 - Technology Integration with high school teacher Dolores Gende

June 8 - Bootstrap: Algebraic Videogame Programming for the Physics Classroom, with Emmanuel Schanzer, founder of Bootstrap

If you are interested in becoming an AAPT e-mentor or a mentee and participating in these webinars, please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Vieyra at ementoring@aapt.org.

New to eMentoring - Instant Mentor

Are you an early-career high school physics teacher who sometimes wishes you had "immediate" feedback from an experienced mentor, but don't need a full mentorship pairing? If so, consider seeking help through the AAPT's free Program new "Instant Mentor" option, and a registered eMentor volunteer will get back to you within 24 hours or sooner. Submit your request for an instant Mentor at ementoring.aapt.org.

A Study of Light: In Celebration of The International Year of Light

AAPT members have access to this new resource comprised of articles on light that were previously printed in the American Journal of Physics and The Physics Teacher and edited by Chris Chiaverina.
Additionaly, as a member society of the American Institute of Physics members can enjoy the information and photos in celebration of light shared in the Emilio Segre Visual Archives.

Have your Students Applied for a Yamani Membership?

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. If your students are planning to become a teacher, or have just graduated and started teaching, tell them to apply for a Yamani Membership today!

Nominate Someone for a Harold & Charlotte Mae Fuller Fund Membership

AAPT is committed to increasing the effectiveness of Physics education not just in North America, but all across the world. Thanks to the Harold Q & Charlotte Mae Fuller Fund, AAPT is able to give out a number of complimentary memberships to physics teachers in developing countries. The deadline of May 31st is quickly approaching, so if you know a physics teacher in a developing country, nominate them for an AAPT membership.

AAPT Programs ...

Deadline Quickly Approaching for the 2015 HS Physics Photo Contest

PhotoContestIt's not too late to register for the 2015 AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest! This is the perfect opportunity for your students to combine what they've learned in physics with their artistic side. Photographs can be entered in one of three categories: natural, contrived, or multiple images — for a chance to win a $100 cash prize. View the 2014 winners. The deadline for submission is May 15. Learn more!

Consider Submitting an Entry to the Apparatus Competition

The AAPT Apparatus Competition recognizes, rewards, and publicizes worthwhile contributions to physics teaching through lecture demonstrations, instructional laboratory equipment, and interactive exhibits. The Competition is held annually during AAPT's summer meeting and is open to all members with entries targeting all levels of physics education from K-12 to undergraduates to the general public. See the entry selection criteria. Entrants must notify the Apparatus Competition Director in June 2015 of their intention to enter the 2015 Apparatus Competition, including a statement about services required to display the apparatus. An official application packet with entry form, rules of eligibility and judging, safety guidelines, and competition requirements is available on the AAPT website.

Outstanding Student, Teaching Assistant, and Learning Assistant Year-end Awards

The American Association of Physics Teachers is pleased to provide end of year academic excellence award materials as a service to members for promoting excellence in physics education. The three recognition awards help honor their top students, teaching, and learning assistants. The awards are linked from aapt.org and at the Awards and Recognition Programs page. Access to the award materials for 2015 is a benefit of your membership and requires your login. The deadline for submitting your awardees is June 1, 2015.

The Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment Grant

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, 2015. Learn more ».

AAPT-ALPhA Award is Now Open for Nominations

AAPT and ALPhA (Advanced Laboratory Physics Association) have announced the AAPT/ALPhA Award for undergraduate physics students who have executed, mastered, and left as a legacy for future students an advanced laboratory experiment. Do you have a student (or team of students) who might be interested in taking up the challenge to build an experiment new to their own department and possibly receive national recognition, attend a national AAPT meeting, present an invited talk, and receive a check for $4,000? The nomination process is now open.  Applications need to be completed by September 1, 2015. If qualified candidates are proposed, we anticipate presenting the first award at the 2016 AAPT Winter Meeting in New Orleans. Read more or Apply. Funding for this award, for the first five years, is provided by TeachSpin, Inc.

Save the Date

Fall 2015 Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop
The fall New Faculty Workshop will be held November 19-22 at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD.

Fall 2015 Physics and Astronomy Experienced Faculty Workshop
The fall Experienced Faculty Workshop will be held October 9-11 at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD.

2015 AAPT/APS Physics Department Chairs Conference June 5-7
Physics Department Chairs are invited to register online for the annual AAPT/APS Physics Department Chairs Conference to be held in College Park, MD. The schedule for the conference and the registration information can be found on the conference website. Register by May 5.

NSF Condensed Matter Physics Principal Investigators Workshop
will be held at the Ballston Hilton in Arlington Va adjacent to the NSF headquarters on June 1 and 2, 2015. Sessions will begin June 1st at 8:30 AM and will conclude June 2nd at 2:00 PM. There will be a registration and a welcome reception on the evening of May 31st. Further information and registration is available at this website. There is a registration fee for the workshop but all local expenses and partial support for travel will be provided. Attendance is open to all but preference will be given to participants in areas supported by the Condensed Matter Physics Program.

The Inclusive Astronomy Conference
The Inclusive Astronomy conference will be held at Vanderbilt University from June 17-19, 2015. Registration is now open!

The content of the meeting is being organized under four broad topical areas: barriers to access; inclusion and access to power, policy, and leadership; creating inclusive climates; and establishing a community of inclusive practive. Each broad area will contain presentations, breakout sessions, and workshops. Contributed science posters and posters on inequity/inclusion are welcome. Travel grants and child care accommodations are available through the registration site.

In the News...

ClickerStarter for College Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Chasteen is offering a free iClicker on May 5, 1pm MT / 3pm ET. Have you heard about using clickers in class, but haven't gotten around to actually trying it? Let us introduce you to this powerful tool to increase student engagement, and help make teaching fun. Read more »

Valerie Otero Named President's Teaching Scholar

Valerie Otero, an AAPT member and Physics Education researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been named 2015 President's Teaching Scholar, a systemwide designation that recognizes CU educators who skillfully integrate teaching and research at an exceptional level. Read more »

AAPT Signs On Letters in Support of Physics and STEM Education

AAPT has recently jointed other organizations in support of STEM funding. Most recently we co-signed a letter urging Senate support for making ESEA a priority, and on a letter urging bipartisan support for reauthorization of the America COMPETES legislation.

STEM Competition for Kids!

XPRIZE and Disney have teamed up to encourage kids ages 8-17 to develop their science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (S.T.E.A.M) skills in Disney's Create Tomorrowland — XPRIZE Challenge. We are asking kids to imagine themselves in the future and report back to the present through a video, image, or story about one new and amazing inventtion or innovation they encounter, how it works, and the impact it has on the world.

Registration is now open. Six winners will each receive an amazing prize package that includes a $3000 check, a 3D printer, and much more! Read more »

Physics Careers...

AAPT K-12 Program Manager Position

The American Association of Physics Teachers seeks an experienced high school physics teacher to serve as its first K-12 Program Manager. The K-12 Program Manager will be responsible for developing new programs and enhancing existing programs that support the professional development of K-12 teachers of physics. Read more »

Summer Teaching Opportunities: JHU's Center for Talented Youth

The Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking energetic instructors and teaching assistants to work in their summer programs.

Session 1, June25 - July 18
Session 2 July 18 - August 8

Dates may vary according to site. Read more »

"The Interview" Webinar — Now Online

Learn how to convert conversations and networking into interviews and interviews into job offers with this webinar, originally held on Feb. 4, 2015 and co-sponsored by AAPT. Discover what you need to know and do throughout the interview process to demonstrate your value to the institution and land the job. After watching the webinar, browse the moderator's extensive post-event Q&A for even more advice on this essential topic.

Jobs Announcements from the Career Center

Lecturer in Physics
University of Toledo

Instructor/Visiting Assistant Professor
Miami University

More Physics Resources and ...

Chautauqua Short Course, Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning

This hands-on course is designed for college, university and high school teachers of physics interested in making learning in their introductory courses more active. Participants will be introduced to research-validated strategies for each component of the course: lecture, lab, problem-solving, modeling and video analysis. June 18-20, Portland, Oregon. Course fee is $200. Read more »

Telling the Stories of Women and African Americans in the Physical Sciences

The American Institute of Physics, Center for History of Physics, is seeking six K-12 teachers for a four-day workshop, July 20-23, in College Park, MD. The Center is developing curriculum on the history of women and African Americans in the physical sciences, to highlight the diversity of achievement in science by individuals of many backgrounds. Teachers will interact with the team of researchers and suggest changes and additions that best meet classroom needs. Participants will receive a stipend of $100/day ($400), travel costs, and meal costs. AIP will provide hotel accommodations. Materials to be critiqued may be found at our website. Requirements for applicants »

One Stop Shop for STEM Teachers

Check out STEM Opportunities — "the one stop shop" for STEM teachers! Are you looking for professional development opportunities, grants, conferences or opportunities for students? Stem Opportunities has them all!

Rock the LHC Video Contest

The High Energy Particle Physics Group at the University of Notre Dame will host a public video contest called "Rock the LHC," from March 23 - May 31, 2015. Participants are invited to create short videos about why they are interested in the research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The goal of the video contest is to celebrate particle physics and the U.S. contributions to the LHC. Read more ».

APS Education Awards Nomination Open

Award for Improving Undergradute Physics Education
This award recognizes departments and programs that support best practices in education at the undergraduate level. Nominations are being accepted until July 15. Learn more »

APS Excellence in Physics Education Award
This award recognizes and honors a team or group of individuals, or execeptionally a single individual, who have exhibited a sustained commitment to excellence in physics education. Nominations are being accepted until July 1. Learn more »

Summer 2015 Modeling Workshops

50 Modeling Workshops in high school and middle school sciences will be offered this summer, in many states. Most workshops are two or three weeks long. CEUs; optional graduate credit, and stipends at grant funded sites are available. Modeling Instruction is research-informed.

Registration is open for all workshops and they are filling up fast. Please plan your summer professional development and think about taking a modeling workshop. Ask your school administration to help pay the cost.

Modeling™ Workshop website.
Workshop descriptions can be found here.

ASU Modeling Workshops in Physics and Chemistry

Four modeling workshops (June 8-26, June 15-26, July 6-24, 2015) 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. Pre-service and TYC teachers are welcome, too. Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary STEM program by Change The Equation. The American Physical Society gave it the 2014 Excellence in Physics Education Award. More Information »

More from your Membership, Join your AAPT Community

Did you know that you can connect with your collegues by joining an AAPT Email Discussion List?   There are more than 20 different lists/communities available. Find the list that matches your career interests at  http://www.aapt.org/Resources/lists.cfm.  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.

Social Media @ AAPT

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Section News - April 2015

To list your section meeting in the AAPT Calendar of Events, e-mail the information to mgardner@aapt.org. See the December 2014 Section News.


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