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eNNOUNCER September 2013


Mary Beth MonroeRemembering Mary Beth Monroe

AAPT joins the Texas Section and family of Mary Beth Monroe, AAPT President Elect, in mourning her death on August 27.
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2014 Winter Meeting

Join us in Orlando, January 4-7, for our new 4-day winter meeting. Early Bird registration begins in October, but in the meantime, please visit the meeting website to learn more.
                      Winter Meeting Abstracts will be accepted until September 18th, click                     here to submit yours today!


2013 AAPT Executive Board Election

The election of officers for the AAPT Executive Board will take place between September 17 and November 4. Members will receive instruction 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 2014 Winter Meeting. Learn more about the candidates.


Colorado Learning Assistant Workshop 2013

October 27, 2013 - October 29, 2013 in Boulder, CO
                      The PhysTEC project will be co-sponsoring its fifth workshop focusing on the University of Colorado's Learning Assistant program October 27-29, 2013.
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Sign up for  FREE Sustainability SmartBrief today!

AAPT is pleased to offer you a complimentary subscription to Sustainability SmartBrief. Use this resource to stay abreast of the policies and issues influencing sustainability and physics education. You can view a sample issue of  SmartBrief just by clicking here.  If you find the information to be valuable, activate your free daily subscription today.                   


Next Generation Science Standards

AAPT's Executive Officer Beth Cunningham and President Gay Stewart have signed a letter expressing AAPT's support of the final version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The letter expresses support for the overall NGSS effort but contains several warnings about possible misinterpretations and misuses of the NGSS. Twenty-six states have agreed to consider the implementation of NGSS. As of this writing, five states have formally adopted NGSS.
                      Read the full text of the letter.                   


Workshop for New Physics and Astronomy Faculty
                      New Faculty Workshop Set for November

Physics and astronomy department chairs are invited to nominate early career tenure-track faculty for the 20th Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop to be held November 7-10, in College Park, MD. The NSF-funded workshop introduces new physics and astronomy faculty members to effective teaching and learning methods, grant-writing, time management, and other professional skills. More information about the workshop is available online. Nominations should be made  before September 20, 2013.
                    Nominate someone.


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.                   


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.

Get More From Your Membership!

September is a time for new beginnings and renewed commitments. Whether you're continuing in your current position or moving into a new position be sure your AAPT Membership Profile is up-to-date. As we plan for new programs and improvements to existing programs, current demographic information in your profile will help us better meet your needs. Please take a few minutes to log into your AAPT member account, update your contact information and demographics, and check on your member status. 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.

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.                   


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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Teaching Sustainability in Physics

Sustainability in physics can be a great way to link standard physics concepts to topics applicable to the real world and of interest to students.  ComPADRE had developed a new set of tools to use in your classroom.
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Section News


Fall Meetings
                      Appalachian Section
                            Oct 18, 2013 - Oct 19, 2013
                            Marshall University, Huntington, WV
                            Email: Maria Babiuc-Hamilton Email: Greg Puskar
Missouri Section
                            Oct 25, 2013 - Oct 26, 2013
                            18th Annual Fall Meeting held jointly with SACS-AAPT and SPS
                            Furman University, Greenville, SC
                            Email: James Borgwald
See the August eNNOUNCER Section News for more October section meetings. To list your section meeting in the AAPT Calendar of Events, e-mail the information to mgardner@aapt.org. See the July 2012 Section News.


Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

The Cassini team is excited to announce the topics of the 2013 Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest. This year's topics are Saturn and two of its fascinating moons, Iapetus and Dione. Study these targets and pick the one that you think will return the best science. The Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn will be taking images of all three targets.
                      The contest is open to students in grades 5-12. Read  more.                   



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Featured Journal Articles

The Physics Teacher

Laboratory Investigation of Noise-Canceling Headphones Utilizing "Mr. Blockhead"
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American Journal of Physics


The use of dc glow discharges as undergraduate educational tools
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    the News

WHS instructor brought AP physics back from the dead


For his efforts, teacher Scott Holloway is nominated for national award.
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Interactive Physics




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