Category: Student opportunities

Spring Section Conference at Foothill College: April 26-27, 2013

Join us at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA (just 16 miles NW of San Jose, 40 miles south of San Francisco) for the spring conference of the Northern California/Nevada Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Starting with a social and physics show, and observatory tour Friday evening, followed by a full day of physics education speakers and workshops on Saturday.

Foothill entrance

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New physics job listings bulletin board on our website

Employmnet banner

For 2012 we’re introducing a new online bulletin board where you can post and search for job openings. The web address is http://ncnaapt.org/jobs.

  • To search, just click the links in the menu on the right side.
  • To post, click the “Register” link at the bottom of the right side menu, and follow the simple instructions to register. You can then post your job opening announcement.

We are limiting postings to positions at schools, colleges, and universities, so please don’t post jobs with tutoring agencies, etc. (if you’d like us to do this, please contact us with what you’d like to post and we’ll reconsider this policy). The NCN AAPT website gets about 500 hits per month, so we hope to be a resource for connecting job seekers with jobs.

Spring Section Conference

Our spring 2011 Spring Conference has two components:

Highlights:

Friday Evening Social

April 22: San Mateo High School

  • Hot Dog Reception
  • Tour of new biotech wing
  • “My Favorite Movie Clips” presented by Adam Weiner and Paul Robinson

More details below

Saturday Mini-Conference

April 23: Exploratorium, San Francisco

  • Show and Tell
  • Invited speaker, Adam Weiner: “Don’t Try This at Home! The Physics of Hollywood Movies”
  • Brief business meeting
  • “A Physics Teachers’ Guided Tour of the Exploratorium” by Paul Doherty
  • Contributed presentations

More details below.

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Fall Section Event/Meeting: November 5th & 6th, 2010, Concord, CA

You are invited to our Fall 2010 Mini-conference / Meeting, Friday and Saturday, November 5th & 6th.

Friday afternoon/evening

Program

Join us for a tour and presentation on some of the cutting edge energy research being conducted at the DOE Joint Genome Institute.

5:00-6:30 PM

2800 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Social

Food and drink (no host) and socializing at one of the Bay Area’s quality brewpubs.

7:00-9:00 PM

Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant

Pyramid Alehouse1410 Locust Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Saturday, November 6th

Mini-conference and Meeting

7:45-3:00

CHS CougarsCarondelet High School

1133 Winton Drive (@ Treat)
Concord, CA 94518

7:45 Registration, Coffee, Donuts and other culinary delights

Sign up for lunch if you would like one.

8:55 Welcome and Announcements

9:00 Show & Tell — Part 1

Share your favorite demonstration or teaching tip. Since new teachers and section members will be at this meeting, you are encouraged to dust off some of your oldies but goodies. If you have handouts, please bring 75 copies. Time limite is 5 minutes per person or you risk the dreaded Gong!

10:00 “Blinky Lights — Quantized Motion”

Invited Speakers: Paul Doherty & Don Rathjen

Join the crew from the Exploratorium investigating the motion of objects using time exposure digital images of Inova microlights which blink at 100 Hz. We’ll do quantitative analysis of constant velocity, accelerating and rotational motion. We’ll produce some artistic images as well. Bring your own digital camera and learn ahead how to take long exposures.

11:15 Break

11:30 Business Meeting

12:00 Show & Tell — Part 2

12:30 Lunch

For those staying for the afternoon workshops, or just to socialize.

1:00-3:00 Workshops

Workshop A: Introduction to Modeling

Lee Trampleasure, Carondelet High School

Modeling logoHave you been interested in the Modeling Method of High School Physics Instruction? Come to a two-hour mini-workshop to get your hands on some of the activities, and have some of your questions answered. “Modeling,” developed in 1990, cultivates physics teachers as experts on effective use of guided inquiry in physic teaching. Program goals are fully aligned with National Science Education Standards. The Modeling Method corrects many weaknesses of the traditional lecture-demonstration method, including fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world. The Modeling Method organizes the course around a small number of scientific models, thus making a more course coherent.

Workshop B: Exploring Optics at the Convenient Three Centimeter Wavelength

Bernard Cleyet, Retired

While many of the properties of E-M radiation are readily demonstrated with visible light (the geometric) some are not (many physical), because of its microscopic wavelength. The invention of the klystron and more recently the Gun diode makes it possible to more easily demonstrate those of microscopic character, because their generated wavelengths are about five orders of magnitude greater. These include measurement of the evanescent wave resulting from frustrated total internal reflection, Miraldi’s spot, zone plates, and the phase speed of E-M radiation confined in a waveguide. We can demonstrate some of these using the X-band radiation generated by a WW II surplus klystron. Several firms sell instructional systems using Gun diodes. However, they don’t include the apparatus or directions for the above and other more esoteric effects. If time permits, we can explore those in addition to the former listed above. They include dichroism (birefringence), retardation plates, and various optical elements using artificial dielectrics including optical activity. The commercial systems include such basic demonstrations as polarization and refraction. If desired, we can do these, also.

Registration

$10 for NCNAAPT members; Free for first-time attendees and students.

Lunch tickets will be available for $10

If you know you’re coming, please RSVP to let us get an approximate head count. If you decide to come at the last minute, please come even if you didn’t RSVP.

We will have “proof of attendance” letters documenting attendance for any teacher who needs one for their district/credential professional development purposes.

Dues and Don’ts

Section dues are $25 for the academic year, due each Fall. If you cannot attend the meeting, remain an active member and ensure you’ll receive all our mailings by sending dues to our treasurer, Dennis Buckly, PO Box 735, Brentwood, CA 94513

Lodging

Three local hotels include:

Embassy Suites; 1345 Treat Blvd.
Walnut Creek, CA
866-654-8205

or

Holiday Inn Express; 2730 N. Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
925-932-3332

or

Motel 6; 2389 North Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
925-935-4010
Exploring Optics at the Convenient Three Centimeter Wavelength

Colloquim at Sac State: Measuring the Universe with Gravitational Lenses

The following colloquium is free and open to all.

Dr. Chris Fassnacht, UC Davis, will present his lecture, “Measuring the Universe with Gravitational Lenses” on Thursday, February 11, 2010, at 4pm in Mendocino Hall 1015, Sacramento State University.  This lecture is free and open to the public.

Chris Fassnacht received his AB degree from Harvard College and immediately afterward joined the Peace Corps, where he served as a secondary school math and science teacher in Ghana, West Africa.   After returning, he received a PhD from Caltech.  He held postdoctoral fellowships at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Socorro, NM and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD.  He is currently an associate professor in the physics department at UC Davis, where he has been for the last seven years.

Prof. Fassnacht’s research involves using gravitational lenses to measure the rate at which the Universe is expanding and how galaxies such as the Milky Way are assembled.

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium
Location: Mendocino Hall 1015<http://www.csus.edu/campusmap/index.html>

Thursday, February 11, 2010
4:00 PM – 5:20 PM

Title Url: http://www.csus.edu/physics/events/colloquia.stm
Department: Physics & Astronomy
Contact: Heidi Yamazaki
yamazaki@csus.edu<mailto:yamazaki@csus.edu>
(916) 278-6518

Science on Saturday at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Science on Saturday (SOS) is a series of science lectures for middle and high school students. Each topic highlights cutting-edge science occurring at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The talks are presented by leading LLNL science researchers supported by master high school science teachers. These presentations are offered in several locations. See the schedule below to find locations nearest to you.

Admission is free of charge. Seating is on a first come basis. Seats may not be reserved in advance. See the schedule for the starting times of each presentation, and a map to the venue. Seating is limited. Please come early to ensure that you will find a seat.

Students receive a “Student Notes” worksheet to record key information from the talk. The worksheet will be marked with the official SOS stamp at the end of the presentation. Many teachers use the worksheet to award “extra credit.” Students should check with their teacher in advance to determine if they will receive credit for attending SOS.

Teachers who attend the SOS presentations can receive a CD with the presentation slides. If the talk is video recorded, they can receive a DVD of the recorded talk as well. These CDs and DVDs are offered free of charge and are sent by mail after the completion of the lecture series for the year. Be sure to register when you attend to receive your copy of these valuable teaching resources.

Presented by:
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Education Program
Two presentations: 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

January 30, 2010

Fighting Super Bugs: Overcoming Antibiotic Resistance
Presenter: Paul Jackson, Teacher: Frankie Tate

February 6, 20a10

Distant Worlds: Making Images of Other Solar Systems
Presenter: Bruce Macintosh and Lisa Poyneer, Teacher: Tom Shefler

February 13, 2010

Put it Back When You are Done: Storing Carbon Dioxide in the Earth not the Atmosphere
Presenter: Roger Aines, Teacher: Ken Wedel

February 20, 2010

Understanding Climate Change: Seeing the Carbon Through the Trees
Presenter: Karis McFarlane, Teacher: Dean Reese

February 27, 2010

Harnessing Fusion Energy: The Power of Light
Presenter: Edward Moses

Complete details at: http://education.llnl.gov/sos/

Apollo 13 The Longest Hour

Apollo 13 Longest Hour

Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo Program

Thursday, October 8, 2009 • 7:30PM

Flight Controller Sy Liebergot

Sy Liebergot, a former NASA flight controller, was on the job for some of the most memorable moments in space exploration, including the Apollo 13 fuel cell explosion.

Mr. Liebergot will be available for book signings before and after the talk.

www.nasa.gov

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

San Mateo Performing Arts Center • San Mateo, CA

506 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401 • Phone (650) 400-9425 • email pablo@laserpablo.com

Sponsored by the Northern California and Nevada American Association of Physics Teachers, NASA Lunar Science Institute, and NASA Ames Research Institute

NCNAAPT fall meeting/workshop at NASA Ames, October 10, 2009

NASA Ames

Mark your calendars

The fall NCNAPT meeting/workshops will be held at NASA Ames Research Center on October 10th, 2009.

Keynote speaker will be Sy Liebergot, EECOM from Apollo 13.

More details will be posted soon, including registration links, call for presentations, etc.

Toy Box Physics Video Contest

Like tossing yo-yos? Ever wanted to unravel the mystery of the drinking bird? Then the Toy Box Physics video contest is for you. Take any toy you want and use it to somehow express a physics concept. Bounce, spin, jump and splash your way into physics history. The winner will receive a trophy lovingly made by APS staff from some of our favorite physics toys as well as $1,000 cash. All entries must be received by May 26th at midnight.

Complete details here:

http://physicscentral.org/experiment/contests/toybox/

AAPT / AIP U.S. Physics Team

U.S. Physics Team

U.S. Physics Team LogoEach year, AAPT and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) sponsor a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition. Also, find out how you can help support the team. The latest:The results from the second exam are in and the semi-finalists list has been posted!

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