June 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


Summer is here and there are lots of opportunities to improve physics teaching in our classrooms.  Included are some options.

Summer Meeting in Portland, Oregon

Summer Meeting logoJoin your colleagues in the physics community from July 17-21, 2010 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower in Portland, OR.
You won't want to miss the 2010 "Professional Vaudeville Demo Show" sponsored by Vernier.
Register Now at: http://www.aapt.org/Conferences/sm2010/registration.cfm.

Save the date: Winter Meeting 2011, January, 8-12 (Jacksonville, FL)

Past Successes and Future Directions: A National Two-Year College Physics Meeting will take place Saturday, July 17, 2010 in tandem with the AAPT Summer Meeting. This national gathering of TYC physics instructors will include sessions on creating a virtual TYC community, the role of TYCs in teacher training, innovations in laboratory and distance education, adopting and adapting PER-based curriculum, and more. For more information, please see Past Successes and Future Directions.

Workshop on Active Learning with Video Analysis
July 12-16 in Portland
The LivePhoto Physics project is offering an NSF-funded 5-day workshop for university and college faculty interested in using digital video analysis in student research, lectures, tutorials, homework assignments, and laboratories. The workshop will cover capture and analysis techniques for a range of topic areas such as mechanics, thermal physics, wave propagation, electricity, magnetism, and optics.
For more information visit: livephoto.rit.edu/workshops/ or contact Robert.Teese@rit.edu.

Physics Education Research Conference 2010
PER Topical Group, AAPT Event
July 21, 2010 - July 22, 2010 in Portland, OR

Uncovering the hidden curriculum: Research on scientific, critical, and reflective thinking in the physics classroom
An outsider surveying the physics education research literature might understandably conclude that PER studies and PER-based instructional materials are dominated by concerns about conceptual understanding. However, a close look at research-based curricula reveals that helping students develop the ability to "think like a physicist" is in many cases at least as important as helping them develop an understanding of specific concepts and principles. Physics education researchers are examining a broad spectrum of abilities that can be categorized as scientific thinking (i.e., reasoning skills and argumentation practices that feature significantly in physics); critical thinking (i.e., general logical reasoning as applied to, or necessary for, doing physics); and reflective thinking (i.e., thinking about one's own thinking and learning processes). By focusing on research related to instructional goals that transcend specific subject matter, PERC 2010 will provide the field an opportunity to highlight progress in this area and to identify important avenues for continued work.


Modeling Workshops Nationwide

Modeling Workshops in high school physics, chemistry, and/or physical science will be held this summer in 25 locations: Arizona, Alabama, Miami FL, Georgia, Chicago IL, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, New Orleans LA, Maine, Michigan, Minneapolis MN, Missouri, New Jersey, Albuquerque NM, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pittsburgh PA, northern Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Dallas TX, Spokane WA, and Wisconsin. (And possibly in San Diego.)
Modeling Workshops in 11th grade biology will be held in Pittsburgh, PA and Tennessee, for teachers in Physics First/Capstone Biology sequences.
Visit http://modeling.asu.edu for details. Click on "Modeling Workshops Nationwide in Summer 2010".

The AIP Center for History of Physics' web exhibit on Albert Einstein was awarded a Best of the Web Award for Students and Teachers by Shmoop.com, a provider of learning guides and teacher resources. Congratulations to the History Center staff for designing this top-notch resource.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Seeks Your Ideas

To further the Obama administration’s mission of creating a more open government, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)—along with 20 federal agencies-today launched an online public discussion forum to solicit public input with the goal of helping OSTP improve its effectiveness. You are invited to tell OSTP how it can be more transparent, participatory, and productive. To participate, please visit: openostp.ideascale.com.


Laserfest 2010Laserfest

SpectraSound—ONLY $15!
As part of the 50th anniversary of the laser, LaserFest created a kit called SpectraSound that allows you to transmit sound from your music player through a laser pointer to speakers across the room or further. With mirrors, you will be able to send your music anywhere! Find out how to get your hands and ears on your own SpectraSound kit.


Eveyone has been touched by his textbook.

In Memoriam

David Halliday, April 2, 2010

David Halliday died in Maple Falls, Washington at the age of 94. An Emeritus member of AAPT, David was best known to the physics community because of his undergraduate textbook, "Fundamentals of Physics." This textbook has been in continuous use since 1960 and is available in twenty languages. Halliday spent the bulk of his career at the University of Pittsburgh where he was both student and professor, not to mention researcher and administrator. At the time of his death Halliday was still associated with the University of Pittsburgh as a professor emeritus, although he was retired and living in Seattle. Learn more about David Halliday from the University of Pittsburgh profile at http://www.phyast.pitt.edu/people/fprofile.php?id=156.


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.

For students looking for an internship during these tough times, this might help. Check this website:  www.lanl.gov/education

They have Precollege, Undergrad and Grad Internships


To pass along to other interested “physics types”, whatever that might be.



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