April 2009 e-Wave

Alabama Section of AAPT

Announcing the Alabama Sectionís Barry Walker AAPT Travel Awards for 2009

The Alabama Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) invites secondary school teachers of physics to apply for the Barry Walker AAPT travel Award.This award is in the amount of $300, and is designated to assist the recipient in traveling to the summer AAPT meeting (in Ann Arbor, MI this year).Recipients of the Walker Award will be expected to report to the section on highlights of the meeting by submitting a brief article to the fall section newsletter.Recipients are also invited to say a few words about the summer meeting at the annual meeting of the section in the spring.

An application for this award consists of a letter describing the applicantís philosophy of teaching, and summarizing their experience.Applications should indicate what the applicant hopes to gain from participation in the summer AAPT meeting, and how the experience can influence the recipientís teaching practices.The application should be co-signed by your principal in order to show his or her support.Applicants must be members of the Alabama section, (application is attached) and are encouraged to join the national AAPT (which will qualify them for discounted registration fees).

Information about the 2009 summer meeting is available at the following site: http://www.aapt.org/Events/sm2009/index.cfm.Note that dorm rooms are available at a reasonable price, and that AAPT has a room-share service to help participants locate a roommate, further reducing the housing cost.

The Walker Award is intended to encourage high school teachers to take advantage of the many wonderful resources of the AAPT and its membership.Summer AAPT meetings are outstanding experiences, and all secondary physics teachers are urged to apply for this award and to plan to attend the summer meeting.

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Stan Jones

AL Section Representative

The University of Alabama

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Tuscaloosa, AL 35487



Please include your name, address, email, and phone no.


Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, May 1, 2009

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Time to pay your dues for 2009-2010 to the Alabama Section of AAPT.What a bargain for only $5 per year.The application form is attached.We are using some of our funds to send a deserving teacher to AAPTís Summer Meeting.The only way to continue receiving the e-Wave Update is to continue your membership.Let me know if you have any questions.


Alabama Section AAPT

Membership Application 2009-10




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Send dues ($5 or check to Alabama Section of AAPT) to:

Tommi Holsenbeck

2833 McGehee Rd

Montgomery, AL 36111