Travel Support for Minority-Serving Institutions to PhysTEC Conference
The 2014 Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) Conference will be held May 19-20 in conjunction with the UTeach Institute Annual Conference in Austin, TX. The PhysTEC Conference is the nation's largest meeting dedicated to physics teacher education. PhysTEC is committed to supporting minority-serving institutions that wish to become leaders in physics teacher preparation, and are offering a limited number of stipends of up to $800 to qualified institutions to support travel to the conference. Faculty and others involved in teacher preparation at minority-serving institutions are invited to apply for travel grants at the 2014 Physics Teacher Education Coalition Conference webpage.

Nominations for the CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month
The CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month award recognizes female physicists who have positively impacted other individuals' lives and careers. Each CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month is featured on the Women in Physics website, announced in the Gazette, and recognized at a reception at an APS national meeting. Nomination is easy: Email a three paragraph statement explaining why the physicist you are nominating is worthy to

Climate Site Visits
The APS has had a long-standing interest in improving the climate in physics departments for underrepresented minorities and women. The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) and the Committee on Minorities (COM) both sponsor site visit programs.  For more information on the Climate for Women in Physics Site Visit Program, visit the Site Visits web page. For more information on the Climate for Minorities in Physics Site Visit Program, visit the Minorities in Physics Site Visits page.

Update Your Department's Female Friendly Graduate Program Survey
CSWP has facilitated the collection of responses to a series of questions about graduate programs in physics that should be helpful to those interested in assessing the climate for women at various graduate schools. You can find department responses to a short series of questions at the Assessing Graduate Programs web page.

All responses are self-reported by department chairs (or their assignees). To update your responses, please contact

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Editor: Alan Chodos
Staff Science Writer: Michael Lucibella

December 2013 (Volume 22, Number 11)

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Fall Meetings Emerge Little Scathed from Recent Government Shutdown
March Meeting Aims Mile High in 2014
Hao Shi, Guy Geyer Marcus are Apker Recipients
Troy Shinbrot to Edit PR Applied
Suggestions Sought for Historic Physics Sites
Tough Path Ahead for Science Funding Authorization
Experts Convene to Weigh Nuclear Weapons Issues
APS Celebrates 20 Years in One Place
Bouchet Award Exceeds Fundraising Goal
Classroom Discussions Can Help Lower Gender Gap
Attendance is Robust at Plasma Meeting, but Some Outreach and Education Programs Canceled
APS Report Calls for Extending Nuclear Reactor Lifetimes
New APS Industrial Fellow Brings Broad Perspective
Eight Campuses to Host Conference for Undergrad Women
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Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Diversity Corner
Focus on APS Sections
Inside the Beltway