FEd Fall 2002 Newsletter - APS Education and Outreach Programs
FORUM ON EDUCATION
Education and Outreach Programs
The APS Director of Education and Outreach works with all units through
four APS standing committees: the Committee on Education, the Committee
on Careers and Professional Development, the Committee on Minorities,
and the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics. The APS/Education
web site contains descriptions of programs, committees and links to
current innovations in undergraduate education. /educ/.
- The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics(CSWP) continues
an active site visit program (originally started with NSF funding)
to universities and, more recently, national labs. Members from corporate
partners raised funds to create a new brochure Physics
in Your Future to encourage middle school girls to consider
physics as a career. COE also coordinates the APS/IBM research Internships
and has launch the listserve Friends
- The Committee on Minorities (COM) continues its program
to award 20-30 two-year university scholarships each year to minority
students majoring in physics. An email Mentor program was initiated.
An evaluation of this program is on-going. COM has also launched
a survey to determine the number of minority Ph.D. physicists employed
at the DOE national labs. COM has also produced a new poster.
- The Committee on Education(COE) has endorsed the
statement on the web, Why
Study Physics. It has also approved submitting the statement Physics
for Everyone to POPA and the APS Council. COE has discussed
the APS role in promoting digital libraries for science education.
- The Committee on Careers & Professional Development (CCPD) has
created the Web Site Bulletin Board to post announcements and inquiries
about jobs and professional development activities for faculty and
- Teachers' Day at the APS March and April meetings brings
50-100 high school teachers from the local area in contact with conference
scientists for a day of hands-on workshops and cutting-edge talks
- APS is helping to organize a conference in Colorado in
February 2003, to promote Mobile Physics Outreach.
- APS is helping to plan the VII Interamerican Conference on Physics
Education to be held in Cuba July 4-7, 2003.
- APS is a partner in the National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics
and their current project of college and university site visits.
- APS is a partner in the annual New Faculty Workshops and in the
Conferences for Physics Department Heads and Chairs held annually
- APS is an active, registered lobbyist informing and assisting
the U.S. Congress to consider policies that will ensure a high level
of resources for science research and science education at all levels.
Physics Teacher Education Coalition: A Grant Supported Program
- PhysTEC is a program to improve the science preparation of future
K-12 teachers. It aims to help physics and education faculty work
together to provide an education for future teachers that emphasizes
a student-centered, hands-on approach to Learning science. APS, in
partnership with AIP and AAPT recently hired a full-time PhysTEC
Coordinator, Kevin Aylesworth to manage the project. http://www.phystec.org
For additional information, contact:
Dr. Fredrick M. Stein, Director of Education and Outreach, American
Physical Society (301) 209-3263 firstname.lastname@example.org