January 2010 e-Wave

Alabama Section of AAPT

President-Marllin Simon  msimon@physics.auburn.edu

President-Elect-Duane Pontius  dpontius@bsc.edu

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

Secretary/Treas-Tommi Holsenbeck  eholsenbeck@alasu.edu

Past President-Chuck Hanke   hankec@montevallo.edu


Mark your calendars for our next Section Meeting.  It will be March 6th, 2010 at Auburn University.  More details will follow.  But “SAVE THE DATE”!  If you have questions, suggestions, things you can do to volunteer, or anything else for the “good of physics”, email Dr. Marllin Simon   msimon@physics.auburn.edu

Also please invite any and all interested persons to join you on 3/6/10.


Check out the meeting from last year posted with the Section News from AAPT.  We have great pictures included.



Other news for members:

Laserfest 2010Laserfest

Watching your favorite movie on DVD. Surfing the web. Scanning barcodes at the grocery store. For the past 50 years, lasers have revolutionized the way we live. This milestone marks one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century! Through a series of events and programs, LaserFest will help to showcase the prominence of the laser in today's world. Learn more about celebrations and resources, including free posters for your classroom.



Here's a cute "laser show" - would be great to get the kids' explanations about how this works, both before and after instruction! 


Perimeter Institute Opportunities for Teachers and Students

Canada's Perimeter Institute is now accepting applications for free summer science camps for students and teachers with a keen interest in modern physics. All expenses are paid for those applying from within Canada.

·         International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP)

·         EinsteinPlus Teachers' Workshop

Also, the deadline for submitting nominations for the CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics is January 15, 2010. Visit www.cap.ca for more information. Please note that this award is only open to teachers working in Canada.


AAPT on Facebook and Twitter

Are you an AAPT Facebook fan? Are you following us on Twitter? Visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Association-of-Physics-Teachers/43948086085?ref=ts and become a fan! Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/physicsteachers. Share these links with your colleagues and help spread the news!



NSF has funded a series of videos on NASCAR hosted by Diandra Leslie-Pelecky.  It looks like a great resource for use in your classroom.  The link is



Live long and prosper.

This should appeal to the space geek in all of us.



The ultimate faith in your calculations. 




Minority Scholarship for Physics Major

Do you know a minority high school senior, college freshman or sophomore who is interested in majoring in physics and could benefit from a scholarship with built-in mentoring? 

The American Physical Society is once again pleased to offer the APS Scholarship Program for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors. This excellent, highly competitive scholarship program not only provides funding to students, but also a great deal of student support.  We encourage all eligible students to apply right away using our new online application.

Eligibility includes:
·          African Americans, Hispanic Americans, or Native Americans
·          High school seniors, college freshmen or sophomores
·          US citizens or permanent legal residents
·          Physics majors and those planning to major in physics

·          $2,000 for new students, and $3,000 for renewal students
·          A local physics mentor
·          An APS physics mentor

To Apply:
·          Check out the easy-to-use online application.
·          www.aps.org/programs/minorities/honors/scholarship/

Deadline: February 5, 2010
·          The online application form must be completed and all supporting documents must be postmarked by the deadline date

Questions? Email minorityscholarship@aps.org  



As always an application to share:


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