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Dr. Beth Cunningham, Head of the Americans Association of Physics Teachers, to Speak on March 20th

Dr. Cunningham, AAPT Executive Officer will talk about  “Building Better (and More) Physics Educators” on Thursday March 20th at 11:30 AM in SCP-117.  The abstract of her presentation is:

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) has as its mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.  One of the primary activities of AAPT is supporting the development of highly qualified high school physics teachers. The United States has a severe, long-term shortage of qualified physics teachers.  School districts consistently rank physics as the highest need area among all academic disciplines with regard to teacher shortages.  AAPT’s activities to increase the number of high school physics teachers, improve physics teaching at the high school level, and encourage higher education to make this a priority will be discussed.

AAS National Harbor Conference

Four Physics students presented posters at the American Astronomical Meeting held at National Harbor, Maryland, from Jan 6th-10th, 2014.  Dr. Paul Wiita was accompanied by four seniors to the annual AAS meeting where all presented posters.  Mitchell Revalski and Dawid Nowak presented work they did with Dr. Wiita last summer on “Investigating Active Galactic NucleiContinue Reading

2013 Independent Research Presentations

For a list of the 2013 independent research presentationsContinue Reading

Volleyball Game 2013: Freshman vs. Uppercalssmen

Continuing a fall tradition, Physics freshmen played several volleyball games, among themselves and against several upperclassmen and a couple of brave faculty members.  All the games were close but the final freshman team can bask in their victory over the “rest of physics” team.

Congratulations Class of 2013!

On May 16th 2013, the Department of Physics graduated 15 students.