eNNOUNCER October 2015


2015 AAPT Executive Board Election

The election of officers for the AAPT Executive Board is underway until November 3. If your had a current membership effective July 31, 2015 you should have received instructions through email or, if no email is on file, through the mail to help you vote electronically. Those elected will take office at the close of the 2016 Winter Meeting. Learn more about the candidates.

Members will also have the opportunity to vote on the new AAPT By-Laws during this election. Read more.

John W. Belcher to Receive AAPT 2016 Oersted Medal

John W. Belcher has been named as the 2016 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 2016 AAPT Winter Meeting, in New Orleans, Louisiana, in recognition of his outstanding, widespread, and lasting impact on the teaching of physics through his tireless work with TEAL (Technology Enabled Active learning) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). In connection with the award, Belcher will deliver a talk on "The Challenges of Pedagogical Change at a Research I University." Read more

Derek Muller Recognized as 2016 Recipient of the Richtmyer Memorial Lecture Award

Derek Muller has been selected to receive the 2016 Richtmyer Memorial Lecture Award. Muller is recognized with the award for outstanding contributions to physics and effectively communicating those contributions to physics educators. The award will be presented at a Ceremonial Session of the AAPT Winter Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. His topic for the lecture is, Why some confusion is good - Evidence for how to make learners think
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2016 AAPT Winter Meeting - Registration Opening Soon

The 2016 AAPT Winter Meeting will be held January 9-12, 2016 in beautiful New Orleans, Louisiana. Join hundreds of your colleagues from early career professionals to those more seasoned, for networking and professional development on a host of topics. Registration opens in early October.
Register early and save.

2016 Winter Meeting Post-deadline Abstracts

Post-deadline abstracts will be accepted through November 4. All post-deadline abstracts will be scheduled on the last day of the meeting. All submitted abstracts will be accepted for the Winter meeting. Please check the AAPT website by mid-October for the date and time of your presentation. A minimum of one-day registration is required for all contributed/poster presenters. All presenters must be registered by November 10, 2015 in order to have your abstract included in the program. Link to Abstract Submissions

2015 Summer Meeting Highlights

With more than 1300 attendees, the 2015 Summer Meeting had the highest number of participants of any past AAPT meeting. Chartered in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College, the University of Maryland presented a unique perspective of the old and new for this unsurpassed opportunity to interact as a physics education community. Read more.

Connections Matter, You could win a free trip to SM16

Did you know that 75% of AAPT members joined because they were invited by a colleague. Here are some helpful tips. Share the benefits of membership with your colleagues, friends, and associates by participating in AAPT's Connections Matter program. You could earn a free trip for one to the 2016 Summer Meeting in Sacramento, California.

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.

AAPT Programs

2016 F=ma Contest Open

AAPT and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) sponsor a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the 2016 International Physics Olympiad. 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. The selection process begins with the F-ma exam. Online registration is now open.

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers

AAPT offers scholarships for future high school physics teachers. These scholarships, supported by an endowment funded by Barbara Lotze, are available only to U.S. citizens attending U.S. schools. 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. The scholarship may be granted to an individual for each of four years. December 1 deadline. Read more

More from your Membership, Update your AAPT Profile

It is a new academic year, do you have new contact information? Login at aapt.org and update your profile information to assure that you receive all of your benefits. While your are logged in your can renew your membership for the coming year. 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.

In the News

Submit Your Lesson Plan for a Chance at $500!

Interested in winning $500 for your classroom? SaveOnEnergy.com® is looking for the best lesson plans for teaching students about energy or sustainability. Save on Energy teaches consumers of all ages about the many aspects of energy in our Learning Center through blog posts, videos and infographics. Now it's your turn to create a lesson plan that can help kids learn about energy. Deadline Oct 9,2015

For more information elizabeth@email.saveonenergy.com or visit https://www.saveonenergy.com/teacher-grant/

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program for K-12 STEM Teachers is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 fellowship year. The AEF program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to STEM education programs and/or education policy efforts. . The deadline for applications is November 19, 2015. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens, be currently employed full-time in a U.S. public or private elementary or secondary school or school district, and must have taught full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years in a STEM discipline. Read more

Southridge physics teacher named Beaverton parade grand marshal

Bradford Hill, winner of AAPT's 2014 Paul W. Zitzewitz Award for Excellence in K12 Physics Teaching is being recognized by Beaverton Oregon as grand marshall of the Beaverton Celegration Parade. Most recently, Hill received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from the National Science Foundation. Read more

ASU Master of Natural Science Degree for High School Teachers

Arizona State University has an interdisciplinary Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree in physics for high school teachers. Courses are in summer, and the degree is founded on Modeling instruction. Teachers in 15 western states can apply for IN-STATE tuition; the deadline is APRIL 1.

For more details click here.
For more information: Jane.Jackson@asu.edu

Cool Science Videos with Lesson Plans

Inside Science, a news and information service for the general public that is produced by the American Institute of Physics, has just released STEM lesson plans for two of its most popular videos: Ping Pong Balls Break the Sound Barrier, and Bubbles, Bottles, and Breakages. The lesson plans, which were reviewed by AAPT staff and members, aim to provide supplemental content that is useful in the classroom by offering teacher questions, student activities, and lists of associated science standards. Click on the above links to download the lesson plans.

Inclusive Excellence: 2017 Undergraduate Science Education Grants

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute recently announced a new competition for science education grants to colleges and universities called "Inclusive Excellence: Engaging all students in science."

Global Teacher Prize

The Varkey Foundation provides this $1 million award for an exceptional, innovative teacher who inspires his or her students and community and has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. Those currently teaching children between the ages of 5 and 18 in any school worldwide¬¬- full-time or part-time, in person or online are eligible. Teachers with innovative and effective instructional strategies, evidence of teaching achievement, community recognition, and significant contributions to the profession are encouraged to apply. Nominate yourself or a colleague by October 10 at www.globalteacherprize.org/#about

AIP Statistical Research Center on Twitter

AIP Statistical Research Center is now on Twitter. Follow us for your daily dose of data on education and employment in physics, astronomy, and allied fields. Follow @AIPStatistics.

Physics Careers

Jobs Announcements from the Career Center

Faculty Position in Physics
Concordia University Wisconsin

Assistant Professor, Physics/Astronomy
San Diego Community College District

More Physics Resources

Periscope: Looking into learning in best-practices physics classrooms

Periscope is a set of lessons centered on video episodes from best-practices physics classrooms. By watching and discussing authentic teaching events, instructors enrich their experience with noticing and interpreting student behavior and practice applying lessons learned about teaching to actual teaching situations.
Periscope is free to qualified educators at physport.org/periscope.

The International Year of Light K-8 teacher resources

In celebration of the International Year of Light, Laser Classroom has several new resources for K-8 teachers.

First is a series of videos that walks teachers through the IYL Kit - the 4 videos total about 30 minutes and go over the kit's contents and the activities in the accompanying booklet.

Colors and materials
Shadows and Refraction

Second is a free, 5 week, self-paced, online professional development course via Canvas.net for formal and informal educators around teaching light and optics with kids ages 6-14. Details and registration

Galileoscope Launches 2015 International Year of Light Programs

The Galileoscope program for the 2015 International Year of Light (IYL) is now in full swing, with new inventory available for delivery worldwide, and thousands of K-12 teachers and students in the United States poised to receive free telescope kits thanks to a generous donation to support science education. Created for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy (IYA), the Galileoscope solved a long-standing problem: the lack of a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit suitable for both optics education and celestial observation. Order your Galileoscope at www.galileoscope.org

“Try This Experiment Right Now” video series is perfect for Back to School

Nine Original Videos starring Anna Spitz and writer/director James Lincoln provide examples of experiments you can perform immediately with just the cell phone in your pocket or the computer in front of you. Many of these demos have never been seen or explained anywhere else!

All the videos can be found at the AAPT Films Page

Social Media @ AAPT

AAPT wants to connect with you on social media! Stay abreast of the latest AAPT and physics-related news. We invite you to like us, follow us, connect with us, and pin us. You can find us here:
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Section News

  1. Michigan Section
    Oct 3, 2015
    Fall Meeting
    Interlochen Arts Arademy
    Interlochen, MI
    Email: Brad Amborse

  2. Southern Ohio Section
    Oct 12, 2015
    Fall Meeting
    Mason High School
    Mason, OH
    Email: Kathleen harper

  3. North Carolina Section
    Oct 16, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015
    Fall Meeting
    & with SPS Zone 5
    Davidson College
    Davidson, NC
    Email: Denise Wetli

To list your section meeting in the AAPT Calendar of Events, e-mail the information to mgardner@aapt.org. See the July 2015 Section News.


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