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Volume 2, Number 7

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APS Meetings

2012-13: APS Division and Section Meetings Calendar

Oct. 28-30; Boulder, CO
Colorado Learning Assistant Workshop

Research Results:

Improve female students' physics grades with only a writing assignment!
Working against many students (especially women and underrepresented minorities) is the pressure they feel due to negative stereotypes about their group identity’s ability to do well. Consequently, the added stress can cause them to do more poorly than those without this pressure. A simple intervention of a self-affirmation writing assignment has shown that women (in this study) can do substantially better in introductory physics: Check out this important research and help your students improve – Miyake, et al., Science, 330 1234-1237 (2010).


Fall 2012 Gazette online

The Gazette is the newsletter of the APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) and the Committee on Minorities (COM). Items featured include updates on CSWP and COM activities and programs, book reviews, statistical reports, and articles on programs designed to increase the participation of women and minorities in science.


APS Webinar Videos Now on YouTube!

Miss an APS Webinar you were interested in attending? Not a problem. All APS Webinars are recorded and archived for on-demand viewing—and are now available on our own YouTube Channel!

APS Careers on Twitter!

For all the latest news and programs from APS Careers and Professional Development, don’t forget to look for us at #APSCareers!

APS Job Center


Dear Physics Educator,

In order to address Goal #1: “To better serve the Members” in the APS Strategic Plan for 2013-2017, we have formed a Task Force on Early Career Physicists. Brad Conrad, Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University, will chair this Task Force, which will focus on identifying opportunities for APS to serve the needs and interests of physicists in graduate school, postdoctoral positions and first professional jobs. It is critical to the future of physics that we, as an APS community, cultivate the talent in our field and help early-career physicists take their place within the broad physics enterprise. Some issues that the Task Force may explore include: providing more career/job information, creating networking opportunities, identifying mechanisms for better communication between APS and this member cohort, and developing and supporting local chapters of postdocs and graduate students.

As physics educators, you are on the frontline and we rely on you for your input. If you have ideas about how APS should support early-career physicists, please share them with us.

With best regards,
Kate Kirby
Kate Kirby
APS Executive Officer


Funding available for collaborating with high school physics teachers - PAIR

Applications due September 15 – Awardees notified October 1
Physics and Instructional Resources (PAIR) is a pilot project designed to support physics teachers in need of content and/or material resources. Grants of up to $1,200 will be awarded to 20 physics teacher-physicist teams to purchase necessary classroom materials for a curriculum project. Travel support will also be provided to each pair to present their project at a regional professional meeting. More information is available online.

Colorado Learning Assistant Workshop

October 28-30, 2012
The PhysTEC project will co-sponsor its fourth workshop focusing on the University of Colorado's Learning Assistant program. This highly supported peer teaching experience has been shown to improve students' learning and attitudes toward science in undergraduate lecture classes and recruit talented science and math students into teaching careers.

Call to Action: Student scientists bringing budget concerns to Congress

Sequestration, the budget cuts mandated to occur Jan. 2, 2013, threatens the future of all scientists. While it is important for scientists, in general, to speak out about budget issues, the effective voice of students is not heard as often. To this end, APS student members are asking fellow physics students to sign a letter to congressional leadership stressing the need for a compromise on fiscal sustainability, thereby avoiding the negative, across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to take place next year. Please share this with your students and encourage them to sign the letter online.

Help us recognize and support outstanding minority physics researchers!

Now until February 2013
The Edward A. Bouchet Lectureship Award recognizes distinguished minority physicists who have made significant contributions to physics research, and provides resources for these outstanding researchers to visit and lecture at institutions where the impact on minority students is significant.

In order to continue this Award, we have launched a fundraising campaign and we need your help.

If you donate to the Edward A. Bouchet Award now, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar and will double your impact! Please consider joining your colleagues and donate to this important Award.

To learn more about the award, visit the Bouchet Award Page online.


Science Funding Jeopardized by Impending Budget Cuts - Webinar

As a physics student, the availability of federal science funding has a profound impact on your professional future as a scientist—and that funding is threatened by impending cuts, which will impact undergraduate research opportunities, funding for graduate students to pursue research, and more. To learn more about ways you can get involved to help protect science funding, view the APS Webinar, “The Future of Science Funding in America: Effective Advocacy, Budget Cuts, and What You Can Do."

You can also get involved TODAY by signing this letter to Congress urging them to avoid this drastic action. As a future leader in the scientific enterprise and technological innovation, your voice is important on Capitol Hill.

FREE Student Trial Membership

Did you know that your first year of membership could be free? Membership is free for the first year for students in physics, related science, and engineering graduate and undergraduate programs. Learn more about student memberships and benefits online.


Nominate a Female Physicist!

The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) features a new female physicist each month on WomenInPhysics.org as part of its “Woman Physicist of the Month” campaign. The award is open to all females in physics--students, teachers, researchers or any woman doing physics-related work.

DPP Job Fair

Registration for the APS Division of Plasma Physics (DPP) Job Fair is Now Open!

DPP Job Fair: October 29-31 – Rhode Island Convention Center
The APS Division of Plasma Physics (DPP) is proud to announce that registration for the 2012 DPP Job Fair is now open! If you’re a job seeker, this event will be a great opportunity to connect with top science employers. If you’re a hiring employer, this event will bring your organization together with a concentrated pool of highly- qualified candidates seeking science and technology jobs. More information is available online.

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