Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education
Created by the APS Committee on Education, the award recognizes departments and programs that support best practices in education at the undergraduate level. Programs will be recognized for a three-year term, acknowledged on the APS website, awarded a plaque, announced in APS News, and recognized at an annual meeting. These awards are intended to acknowledge commitment to inclusive, high-quality physics education for undergraduate students, and to catalyze departments and programs to make significant improvements. Nominations for the award are being accepted until July 15. 
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APS Excellence in Physics Education Award
The award recognizes and honors a team or group of individuals (such as a collaboration), or exceptionally a single individual, who have exhibited a sustained commitment to excellence in physics education. Nominations are being accepted until July 1.
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PhysTEC Solicitation for Supported Sites
The PhysTEC Solicitation for Supported Sites to build model physics teacher education programs will be released in early fall 2012.
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Date and Location Set for 2013 PhysTEC Conference
The next PhysTEC conference will be held March 16-17, 2013 in Baltimore, MD, immediately preceding the APS March Meeting.
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AAPT Summer Meeting
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) will be having its annual summer meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 28 to August 1, 2012. This meeting features sessions and workshops on a wide variety of physics education topics, and typically draws over 1,000 physics educators from universities, K-12 schools, and other institutions.

2012 Conference on Laboratory Instruction - Beyond the First Year of College
Geared toward university faculty and staff who teach intermediate and upper-level laboratory courses for physics students, the conference will provide an unusual opportunity for hands-on exposure to a broad smörgåsbord of contemporary instructional labs and for discussions of a range of curricular models to enhance the undergraduate physics major. The conference is organized by ALPhA (the Advanced Laboratory Physics Association) with support from the NSF, the APS Forum on Education, AAPT, the Physics Instructional Resource Association, ComPADRE, and the Physics Departments of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Hosted by and at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, the conference will run Wednesday to Friday, July 25–27, 2012, immediately prior to the AAPT Summer Meeting.
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ICPE Medal Goes to Professor Joe Redish
Professor Edward F. (Joe) Redish has been selected to receive the International Commission of Physics Education (ICPE) Medal for 2012. This medal is awarded by the International Commission of Physics Education (IUPAP Commission C-14) “…to recognize outstanding contributions to physics teaching of a kind that transcends national boundaries.”
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Editor: Alan Chodos

April 2012 (Volume 21, Number 4)

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Articles in this Issue
Atlanta Hosts 2012 APS April Meeting
APS President Condemns Wave of Iranian Scientist Assassinations
Fukushima’s Legacy Debated
Free Benefit Brings the News Home to Members
March Meeting Session Highlights LGBT+ Issues for Physicists
Congressional Fellow Combines Research and Communication
Regional Fuel Storage Could Lessen Radiation Hazard
Uncertainty Looms Over Federal Science Spending
Letters to the Editor
The Back Page
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Education Corner
Inside the Beltway
Profiles in Versatility
Focus on Advocacy