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Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics
The full report of the Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics is now available. A printed copy of the report will be sent to all physics departments and schools of education, and a PDF version will be made freely available on the PhysTEC website.
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Change the Equation publishes 2012 Vital Signs
The nonprofit initiative Change the Equation (CTEq) published its 2012 Vital Signs, which offers a state-by-state measure of the health of K-12 STEM education. Among other statistics, these reports break down the availability of jobs for STEM versus non-STEM majors, and also provide data on the percentage of students in schools that do not offer challenging physics as well as other math and science courses, by race/ethnicity.
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Sign Up for the Wavefront Newsletter
Educators, stay informed! APS Wavefront is a free electronic newsletter for physics educators. Sign up to stay informed about APS programs, upcoming meetings, recent APS actions, and activities within the physics community. Wavefront Newsletter Sign-up

Career Workshop with Peter Fiske at APS March Meeting
In this workshop with celebrated author and science career coach Peter Fiske, students will learn about job search strategies, interview writing and networking skills, and effective career planning for scientists. This extremely popular event is free and open to all meeting attendees–however, space is limited! Please RSVP to Crystal Bailey (bailey@aps.org) to reserve your seat.
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Career and Networking Events at the APS March Meeting
The APS is offering a number of career and professional development related events at the APS March Meeting in Baltimore. In addition to the Sunday evening career workshop with Peter Fiske, there will also be a Tuesday lunchtime session focusing on Industrial Careers. Topics will include the nature of a successful physics career in industrial contexts, how to effectively build your network for industrial physics jobs, how to successfully apply and interview for these jobs, and how to take your innovations from academic research and build new opportunities–such as starting your own company.

APS is also hosting its annual Job Expo at the March Meeting on March 19–21. We are expecting a large number of recruiters from industry, national labs, and academia this year, and Job Seekers will be able to apply and interview for jobs directly on-site. For more information on the Job Expo, contact Crystal Bailey (bailey@aps.org).

Please continue to check the APS March Meeting webpage for more information on Career Events as it becomes available in the coming weeks.

Special Undergraduate Events at APS March and April Meetings
APS and SPS are once again teaming up to offer events specifically for Undergraduates at the APS March and April Meetings. In addition to the SPS Undergraduate Research Presentation sessions, we are also having a Student Welcome Reception and Career Panel (where students can learn more about exciting career paths and interact with a panel of working physicists), a Graduate School Fair (where students can meet one-on-one with recruiters from Graduate Programs to learn more about research opportunities), and a special Awards reception where the top presenters will be recognized and receive fun prizes.

A limited number of travel awards will be available for undergraduate students who are presenting at the April Meeting.
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2013 PhysTEC Conference
The 2013 PhysTEC conference will be held March 16-17, 2013 in Baltimore, MD, immediately preceding the APS March Meeting. 
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