Spring Meeting of the AAPT
Northern California/Nevada Section
At Sonoma State University

Friday & Saturday, April 4 & 5, 2002


Local Host: Joe Tenn

Note: Sonoma State University is located in Rohnert Park, CA, not in Sonoma!

Call for Papers

We solicit contributed papers of 15 minutes in length. Suitable topics include teaching ideas, research projects, laboratory techniques, novel demonstrations, computers and instruction. Please send an abstract of your talk, with title, your name and affiliation, AV and equipment requests, and other requirements to the Program Chairman, Paul Robinson preferably by email at laserpablo@aol.com. Deadline for submission is Monday, March 10, 2003


Friday Workshops

Teachers are welcome to contact our President, Mike Ugawa, for a letter of support to assist them obtaining funds and release time to attend this conference.


"New Teacher Workshop" (10 - 4 PM) Paul Robinson and other Vets

This is the second time we’ve offered this popular workshop on Friday afternoon (instead of Saturday afternoon) so that participants don’t have to miss out on the contributed papers. If there are insufficient signups for Friday, we will revert to our previous Saturday format. It is intended for teachers who are either new to teaching physics and/or those who have been at it for a while but still feel like they’re new! All new teachers will be networked with experienced teachers. The workshop includes valuable teaching tips, goodie bags, raffles where everyone wins, question and answer panels, popcorn, and more! Although there is no fee, interested participants should email Paul at laserpablo@aol.com to register or for more information.


"Contemporary Laboratory Experiences in Astronomy Workshop" (10 - 4 PM) Richard Cooper, Gettysburg College

Project CLEA has been developed nine computer-based exercises designed for the introductory astronomy laboratory.  These exercises simulate important techniques of astronomical research using digital data and Windows-based software. Each of the 9 exercises developed to date consists of software, technical guides for teachers, and student manual. There is no fee, but please email Richard Cooper of Gettysburg College, PA at dcooper@gettysburg.edu to register or for more information.


Friday Evening Social


Call for Demonstrations
Bring your favorite 5-minute demonstration for the popular "Show 'n' Tell"Handouts describing your demonstration are encouraged.


Dues and Don'ts
Section dues are $10 per year, due each Fall. If you cannot attend the meeting, remain an active member which will ensure you'll receive all our mailings by sending dues to our treasurer Dennis Buckley, Liberty High School, 850 Second St., Brentwood, CA 94513. The registration fee for the Fall meeting is $10, payable at the door. First-timers are free!


Upcoming Events
Summer Meeting, AAPT, August, 2-6, 2003, Madison, WI
For more information, check it out online at: www.aapt.org

• Fall Meeting, NCNAAPT, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley, joint meeting with APS, November 13-14, 2003


Posted 2/18/03