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October 2011 (Volume 20, Number 9)

The Education Corner

Webinar Conversations

APS Webinars Introduces New Series
The first “APS Webinar Conversations” broadcast will be on October 25 at 3 p.m. Eastern. The discussion will be on Graduate Study Abroad with Mike Walock. The webinar URL is:
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PhysTEC Meetings and Request for Proposals

2011 Colorado Learning Assistant Workshop
A workshop on the CU Boulder Learning Assistant (LA) program will be held Nov. 2-3 in Boulder, CO. The LA workshop will show how peer instruction can improve undergraduate education while enhancing recruitment to physics teacher education programs.
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2011 PhysTEC Request for Proposals Coming Soon
The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) project is planning to release a request for proposals for new sites to develop model physics teacher preparation programs, beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year. Proposals are solicited for two types of sites:

  • Comprehensive Sites-Receive up to $100k per year for three years. These sites will implement the full PhysTEC program.
  • Focused Sites-Receive up to $25k per year for three years to implement specific elements of teacher preparation programs
  • Applying-Institutions wishing to apply must submit a pre-proposal. More details will be posted on the PhysTEC website by early October. Minority-serving institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.
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2012 PhysTEC and AAPT Winter Conferences - February 3-4 in Ontario, Calif.
The 2012 PhysTEC Conference will occur in conjunction with AAPT’s annual winter meeting in Ontario, California on February 3-4, 2012. The conference is the nation’s largest meeting dedicated to physics teacher education. It features workshops, panel discussions, and presentations by national leaders, as well as excellent networking opportunities.

APS Spring Meetings

2012 Professional Skills Development Workshops for Women
APS, with support from NSF, will host two Professional Skills Development Workshops in 2012 for female physicists. Postdoctoral associates and senior-level faculty and scientists are invited to apply for the February 26, 2012 workshop in Boston, MA. Postdoctoral associates and early-career faculty and scientists are invited to apply for the March 30, 2012 workshop in Atlanta, GA. Senior graduate students are also welcome to apply.

Applicants affiliated with a US institution/facility are eligible for travel and lodging funding consideration. Those needing funding assistance are encouraged to apply early.
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Childcare Grants for APS Spring Meeting Attendees
Small grants of up to $400 are available to assist attendees of the APS March and April Meetings who are bringing small children or who incur extra expenses in leaving them at home (i.e., extra daycare or babysitting services).
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Funding for Undergraduates to Attend APS Meetings
A limited number of $200 and $1000 travel supplements are available for undergraduate students presenting at the 2012 APS March and April Meetings. Students must submit their abstracts by the meeting deadlines, which are November 9 for the March Meeting, and January 6 for the April Meeting. Students will also be invited to take part in Future of Physics Days (FPD), which include special events that are planned over the course of the meetings to enable undergraduates to meet their peers, share their research results with other physicists, and begin building a network among fellow physicists. A description of the program and awards, including eligibility requirements, is available at the FPD website.
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Editor: Alan Chodos

October 2011 (Volume 20, Number 9)

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Physics Programs Face the Axe at Seven Texas Universities
Apps to Enhance Program Access at Three APS Fall Meetings
Ohio High School Hosts APS Artwork
Imprisoned APS Member Faces Harsh Treatment and Charges in Iran
Posting Meeting Slides Online Gains Strong Acceptance
Physics Enrollments Set Records
Science Journalist Shares Her Love of Physics
Concerted Effort Underway to Save Webb Telescope
APS Announces New Minority Scholarship Recipients
Letters to the Editor
The Back Page
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Inside the Beltway
Profiles in Versatility
The Education Corner
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science