April 2010 e-Wave

Alabama Section of AAPT

President-Duane Pontius  dpontius@bsc.edu

President-Elect-Ali Yazdi   ayazdi@jeffstateonline.com

Section Rep-Stan Jones  stjones@bama.ua.edu

Secretary/Treas-Tommi Holsenbeck  eholsenbeck@alasu.edu

Past President-Marllin Simon msimon@physics.auburn.edu


Join the Alabama Physics Teachers WIKI @


It is a place to post, discuss, share with all physics teachers in Alabama.  Let’s make it a “happening place” with your help and interest.

Alabama Workshop for Physics and Physical Science

WHAT? - Physics and Chemistry Modeling Workshops for High School Teachers


WHEN? - June 21 - July 2


ENROLLMENT? - We would enroll up to 12 participants per Workshop


CREDIT:  Participants may receive CEU training credit


INFORMATION:  You may contact Byrle Kynerd at bkynerd@bcsk12.org<mailto:bkynerd@bcsk12.org> or Melinda Calderini at mcalderini@bcsk12.org<mailto:mcalderini@bcsk12.org>

2010 High School Physics Photo Contest

Entries are now being accepted for the popular High School Physics Photo Contest sponsored by Vernier! The contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12 (or equivalent international grade level). Photos may be entered in one of two categories: Natural and Contrived. Submit your entries online today! http://www.aapt.org/Programs/contests/photocontest.cfm

Deadline May 15th

Northwestern University’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) announces the availability of four new high school lab activities utilizing remote online labs on http://www.iLabCentral.org, where students and teachers from around the world can access and share high-end lab equipment.

AAPT Announces e-Mentor for New Pre-College Physics and Physical Science Teachers

Are you a new physics or physical science teacher or do you know a new physics or physical science teacher who could benefit from mentoring by a master teacher?
To participate, register at http://www.aapt.org/Resources/ementor.cfm.
A mentor familiar with the subjects being taught will be assigned by the e-Mentor coordinator.

uCOMP - A Collection of Computational Physics Resources

comPADREThe UCOMP mission is to improve and update physics education through computational physics. Computers play an essential and vital role in physics research. They can—and should—play the same role in physics education. The collection’s primary, but not exclusive, target audience is undergraduate physics faculty. The collection will also have value to faculty and students at high schools and graduate schools. The collection will provide lessons, code, executable files, animations, tutorials, and facilities for faculty support (e.g. community building, electronic collaborations, etc.).

Physics News Update

Physics News Update is a digest of news items arising from physics meetings, physics journals, newspapers and magazines, and other news sources. Stay current on the world of physics. Sign up for the e-mail alerts at http://www.aip.org/pnu/.

An Activity Based Physics Chautauqua Short Course

is being offered at Dickinson College Carlisle, PA from June 19 21, 2010.
This hands
on course is designed for those interested in making learning in their introductory course more active. Participants will be introduced to researchbased strategies for each component of the course: lecture, lab, problem solving, analytic mathematical modeling and video analysis. Graduate credit is available. For more information and to register:

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K-12 students: Tell us why Science is Cool! Enter now for the USA Science & Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Contest! Have your video screened on the National Mall, win prize money and possibly even a trip to the Expo on the Mall!

To find out more about the contest and to submit your registration form go to the Festival website.

If you haven’t joined for the 2010-2011 Year, JOIN NOW!


Fill out the application to work with marvelous physics teachers like yourself.


Alabama Section AAPT

Membership Application 2010-11


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

Tommi Holsenbeck, 2833 McGehee Rd, Montgomery, AL 36111