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2015 PhysTEC Conference
Save the date! The 2015 PhysTEC Conference, the nation’s largest conference on physics teacher preparation, will be held at the Marriott Seattle Waterfront in Seattle, WA, on February 5-7, 2015. The conference theme is Building Thriving Programs and will feature a plenary talk by Ron Henderson of Middle Tennessee State University.
  • A workshop on Building a Thriving Undergraduate Physics Program will follow the conference on February 6-8.
  • The conference will feature a half-day Learning Assistant Workshop on February 5.
  • Faculty from minority-serving institutions are eligible to apply for travel grants.

To learn more, go to 2015 PhysTEC Conferences.

Building a Thriving Undergraduate Physics Program Workshop
The Building a Thriving Undergraduate Physics Program Workshop will be held February 6-8, 2015, at the Marriott Seattle Waterfront in Seattle, WA. The goal of the workshop is to assist departments in developing strategies for increasing enrollment of physics majors. Institutions are invited to send teams of two to four faculty members to analyze their current departmental situation and decide how to take actions that will help them sustainably achieve their goals.
  • Experienced faculty from departments that have had large increases in their numbers of physics majors will facilitate workshop activities in small groups and present information on their own experiences through plenaries and case study talks.
  • The workshop will follow the 2015 PhysTEC Conference.
  • The registration fee is $250, with a discounted registration of $150 to participants attending both conferences.

To learn more, go to the Building a Thriving Undergraduate Physics Program web page.

Who’s on top? Tables of Top Degree-Granting Institutions Now Available
APS generates tables showcasing the top institutions (ranked by number of physics degrees granted) in a variety of categories. These tables are freely available for your use. Access the tables at the Top Educators page.

Save the Date! June 5-7 for the 2015 Physics Department Chairs Conference
The American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers are pleased to announce that the 2015 Physics Department Chairs Conference will be held June 5-7, 2015, at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD. Registration will open in February. Stay tuned to the Department Chairs Conferences site for more details.

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December 2014 (Volume 23, Number 11)

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Texas-Sized APS March Meeting in San Antonio
Benefactor Jay Jones Funds New APS Medal
2014 PhysicsQuest Winners Announced
APS Members and Council Vote Yes on Corporate Reform
A Brief History of Stephen Hawking
Black Holes, Hollywood, and Interstellar: Q&A with Kip Thorne
Science Collides with Politics
Outlook for Science after Congressional Changeover
Retiring Representative Rush Holt to Take Helm at AAAS
PRX Takes on a New Role
Historic Sites: Muon Time Dilation Experiment
Members In the Media
Education Corner
This Month in Physics History
The Washington Dispatch
International News
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