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October 2020 (Volume 29, Number 9)

Education and Diversity News

Responding to COVID-19

APS is working with physics department chairs to create a “toolkit” to help departments facing budget cuts and systemic changes caused by the COVID-19 economic impacts or the reduction of higher education funding in general. We hope to publish a preliminary version by January 2021. For more information or to discuss strategies, please contact Anne Kornahrens, kornahrens@aps.org.

EP3 Departmental Action Leadership Institutes Starting Winter 2021—Applications Due Soon

Starting in Winter 2021, the Effective Practices for Physics Programs (EP3) project will be running the first Departmental Action Leadership Institute (DALI) to support physics departments and programs in using the EP3 Guide to address a challenge or opportunity (such as low enrollments or an upcoming program review) and/or in making a significant change (such as implementing evidence-based instruction or developing a program-level student learning assessment plan).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first DALI will be offered at no cost for participating departments, and the application deadline has been extended. Applications are now due on October 16. Learn more at the EP3 DALI page.

Wiki Scientist Course

Join APS and Wiki Education (WikiEdu) to discover new ways of contributing your subject-matter expertise to high-profile Wikipedia pages that reach millions of readers. In this weekly course, you will meet via Zoom and receive training from Wikipedia experts as you create entries of varying topical subjects in physics. WikiEdu will facilitate collaborative work among participants, immersing you in the world behind Wikipedia. Application submissions will open on October 19 on the APS Wiki Scientist website. Financial assistance is available.

Physics Buzz Blog

The Physics Buzz Blog is looking for volunteer bloggers with a team-player attitude that have some experience or would like to gain experience writing about science concepts for general audiences. If interested, please apply by filling out the form at go.aps.org/33paxwF.

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Editor: David Voss
Staff Science Writer: Leah Poffenberger
Contributing Correspondents: Sophia Chen, Alaina G. Levine
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Bouakham Sriri-Perez Named 2020 PhysTEC Teacher of the Year
APS Seeks to Better Serve Industrial Physicists
The APS Division of Plasma Physics
PhysicsQuest 2020 Goes Live with New Online Features
2020 Apker Award Finalists
Lab Human
PhysTEC Launches Two New Regional Networks
APS Congressional Science Fellow Put Scientific Skills to Use During COVID-19 Crisis
Neutrinos Underground, Overhead, and Online
Physics In a Virtual World
Education and Diversity News
This Month in Physics History
Office of Government Affairs
FYI: Science Policy News from AIP
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