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April 2018 (Volume 27, Number 4)

Education & Diversity Update

Nearly 100 physicists gathered February 9-10 for the annual conference of the Physics Teacher Education Coalition to network and learn more about preparing future physics teachers. Several of them stayed for the next two days (February 10 & 11) for the triennial Building Thriving Undergraduate Physics Programs workshop, where more than 100 faculty developed strategies to strengthen their undergraduate physics programs.

To help institutions prepare future physics teachers, the PhysTEC project has released a new rubric for characterizing teacher preparation programs in order to help faculty identify how their programs can grow and improve. The Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis Rubric, along with its user-friendly supporting materials, can help program leaders emulate the thriving programs.

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Editor: David Voss
Staff Science Writer: Leah Poffenberger
Contributing Correspondent: Alaina G. Levine
Publication Designer and Production: Nancy Bennett-Karasik

April 2018 (Volume 27, Number 4)

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Articles in this Issue
Physical Review Accelerators and Beams: Open-Access Pioneer and Community Organizer
Astrophysicist Helms the NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate
Condensed Matter Physics Gets an AI Assist
Kavli Symposium: LIGO, Quantum Computers, and More
The Hunt For the Elusive Majorana Qubit
Q&A with Danielle Bassett on the Physics of Brains
"Silent Sky" Sparks Discussion of Women in Physics
Spotlight on Development
This Month in Physics History
Education & Diversity Update
International News
Letter to the Editor
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