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Priscilla Laws

Are you interested in increasing your students’ understanding of the physical world? 2-year college, 4-year college and university faculty are invited to attend one of the NSF-sponsored Activity Based Physics Faculty Institutes to be held at the University of Oregon in summer 2005 and at Dickinson College in Central Pennsylvania in summer 2006. These one week Institutes will encourage faculty to use active learning strategies and teaching methods based on physics education research by 1) giving them hands-on experience with the materials in the Activity Based Physics Suite, 2) assisting them with modifying those materials for use in their own courses, and 3) providing continued follow-up support for the five years of this project. The institutes will be taught by Priscilla Laws (Dickinson College), David Sokoloff (University of Oregon), Ronald Thornton (Tufts University) and Patrick Cooney (Millersville University). Please visit our web site: http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~sokoloff/abpi.htm for more information and an application.

University of Oregon 2005 Sessions: June 20 – June 24 or June 27 - July 1 (attend either)

Dickinson College 2006 Sessions: June 19 - 23 or June 26 - June 30 (attend either)


APS Congressional Science Fellowship

The American Physical Society is currently accepting applications for the Congressional Science Fellowship Program. Fellows serve one year on the staff of a senator, representative, or congressional committee. They are afforded an opportunity to learn the legislative process and explore science policy issues from the lawmakers’ perspective. In turn, Fellows have the opportunity to lend scientific and technical expertise to public policy issues.

Qualifications include a PhD or equivalent in physics or a closely related field, a strong interest in science and technology policy and, ideally, some experience in applying scientific knowledge toward the solution of societal problems. Fellows are required to be US citizens and members of the APS.

Term of appointment is one year, beginning in September of 2005 with participation in a two-week orientation sponsored by AAAS. Fellows have considerable choice in congressional assignments. A stipend of $50,000 is offered in addition to allowances for relocation, in-service travel, and health insurance premiums.

Application should consist of a letter of intent of approximately 2 pages, a list of key publications, a 2-page resume and three letters of reference. Please see the APS website http://www.aps.org/public_affairs/fellow/index.cfm for detailed information on materials required for applying and other information on the program.

All applications must be postmarked by January 17, 2005 and should be sent to the following address:

APS Congressional Science Fellowship Program
C/o Jackie Beamon-Kiene
APS Executive Office
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740-3843


AIP State Department Science Fellowship

This Fellowship represents an opportunity for scientists to make a unique contribution to U.S. foreign policy. At least one Fellow annually will be chosen to spend a year working in a bureau of the State Department, providing scientific and technical expertise to the Department while becoming directly involved in the foreign policy process. Fellows are required to be U.S. citizens and members of at least one of the 10 AIP Member Societies at the time of application.

Qualifications include a PhD in physics or closely related field or, in outstanding cases, equivalent research experience. Applicants should possess interest or experience in scientific or technical aspects of foreign policy. Applications should consist of a letter of intent, a two-page resume, and three letters of reference. Please visit http://www.aip.org/gov/sdf.html for more details. All application materials must be postmarked by November 1, 2004 and sent to:

AIP State Department Science Fellowship,
American Institute of Physics,
Attn: Audrey Leath,
One Physics Ellipse,
College Park, MD 20740-3843.