November 1994



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Fifth Inter-American Conference on Physics Education

The 5th Inter-American Conference on Physics Education, held at Texas A&M University, July 16-22, 1994, was, by all reports a big success. Approximately 150 participants from more than a dozen countries shared ideas about physics teaching, recognizing many similarities as well as differences. The daily programs included plenary and poster sessions, afternoon working group sessions, and evening presentations dealing with specific physics education topics. The Inter-American Council, which met several times during the conference, elected Marco Antonio Moreira (Brazil) as president; Alberto Maiztegui (Argentina) as vice-president and program chair; and Robert Beck Clark (USA) as executive secretary.

Guidebook to Federal Resources

Organized by federal agency and by state, Guidebook to Excellence: A Directory of Federal Resources for Math and Science Education lists programs and facilities at the national, regional, and state levels, complete with contact information. This guidebook, prepared for the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Education and Training, is available for $18 from the U.S. Government Printing Office (stock number 065-000-00641-3), Washington, DC 20402. Regional versions are free while supplies last through the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, The Ohio State University, 1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1079 (

DPP Education Initiatives

The APS Division of Plasma Physics scheduled several education related activities at its annual meeting in Minneapolis, November 7-11, including: a College Physics Problem Solving Workshop, organized by Patricia and Kenneth Heller (U. Minnesota); an open house on Fusion Energy; a SEEP physics program for 6th graders; a Career Workshop; and a High School Physics Teachers Day, organized by Don Correll (Lawrence Livermore Laboratory). For further information, contact Barrett H. Ripin, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375 (

Lotze Sponsored Scholarship for Future Teachers

AAPT offers a scholarship for future high school physics teachers, funded by a grant from Barbara Lotze. Undergraduate students in physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors planning to enter such curricula are eligible. Stipends are $2000 per year and may be granted to an individual for more than one year. Request materials from: H. G. Voss, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1504 (Internet: