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July 2011 (Volume 20, Number 7)

The Education Corner

Committee On Education Departmental Award
The APS Committee on Education has established a new award to recognize 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. APS will recognize one to three programs and departments each year.
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   Application Deadline: July 15

Physics Research Mentor Training
The Physics Research Mentor Training Seminar is a facilitation guide to a training seminar for physics faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who are in mentorship roles. The guide is intended to help physics researchers improve their mentoring skills, and to improve the research experiences of the next generation of physicists.
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Joint NSBP and NSHP Annual Conference
The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP) will be having their Joint Annual Conference in Austin, Texas from September 21 to 24, 2011. The meeting is the largest gathering of African-American and Hispanic physicists in the world and is an excellent opportunity for students to present posters or oral presentations, attend professional development sessions and scientific sessions, and network with faculty and fellow students. The theme of this year’s meeting will be “Global Competitiveness Through Diversity.”

Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics
The full report of the Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics is expected to be available this summer. It is currently in the process of being edited. 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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Speakers Program
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 women and minority physicists and physics education researchers. 
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Editor: Alan Chodos

July 2011 (Volume 20, Number 7)

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APS Report Spurs Congressional Action on Critical Elements
SESAME Progresses Despite Mideast Turmoil
2006 Blewett Recipient Now on Tenure Track
Home Schooling Co-op Takes PhysicsQuest Top Prize
Five from High School Physics Elite to Represent US at Bangkok Physics Olympic Competition
Iranian Scientists Battle Numerous Restrictions
South Africa Hosts Conference on Women in Physics
Texas Hosts Lively Teacher Preparation Conference
Public and High-School Libraries Provide Access to APS Journals
Swedish Accelerator Will Be Carbon-Neutral
Letters to the Editor
The Back Page
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Inside the Beltway
The Education Corner