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. Nominations for the award are being accepted until July 15. More information can be found on the Awards for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education webpage.

Research mentor training seminar — free guide available

The Physics Research Mentor Training Seminar is a facilitation guide to an educational seminar for physics faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who are in mentorship roles. It is ideal for Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs and can be run as a weekly seminar during the summer. The guide is available in pdf format on the Physics Research Mentor Training page.

APS Speakers Lists features Physics Education Researchers

The APS Speakers Lists contain names, contact information, and talk titles of physicists who are willing to give talks on a variety of subjects. Advanced searches allow one to search specifically for physics education researchers. Learn more at the Speakers List page

PhysPort: A Web Resource for Physics Educators

PhysPort is a growing web resource designed to translate, summarize, and organize the results of physics education research (PER) in an accessible and useful way for busy educators. Learn more at

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Editor: David Voss
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March 2016 (Volume 25, Number 3)

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Articles in this Issue
Gravitational Waves Caught in the Act
APS Addresses Sexual Harassment Scandals
Edward Witten Receives Inaugural APS Medal
Research News
Disentangling the World of Science Policy
APS Membership Continues to Climb
Scientists Discuss the Dangers of Space Weather
This Month in Physics History
Washington Dispatch
Profiles in Versatility
Education Update
International News
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