Spring 2018 Section Report

Spring 2018 Idaho Utah Section report

 

The annual meeting of the Idaho-Utah Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers was held February Friday/Saturday 23-24 2018 at the BYU-I campus in Rexburg, ID. The local organizer and current president was Matt Zachreson, and the meeting was wonderful, although sparsely attended mainly due to some weather concerns (we had a fairly significant winterstorm come through the area both during the week before and the weekend of the conference). A no-host dinner Friday evening at a local pizza and pasta buffet was followed by the ever popular demo show, where several attendees showed off their favorite physics demos.

Saturday morning a light breakfast led to a morning session of talks and presentations, followed by a mid-morning snack and student poster session. A second session of contributed talks got us through to the luncheon and business meeting, where A spate of elections and announcements were on the agenda. The announcements included a reminder of all the programs and benefits available through AAPT and a reminder that the National Meeting will be held in our section next year, the first one since 2005. The Summer meeting will be held in Provo in 2019. Initial plans were made about garnering section help for the various responsibilities associated with hosting a national meeting. We also made plans for updating the mailing list and encouraging more younger faculty to be involved with the section. Then two important elections resulted in Brian Pyper from BYUI being reelected as the Idaho-Utah Section Representative, and Daryl Macomb from Boise State being elected as president-elect. That means the current list of section officers stands as follows:

 

Past President: Adam Beehler – UofU

President: Matt Zachreson – BYUI

Vice President: James Coburn – USU

President Elect: Daryl Macomb – BSU

Section Rep: Brian Pyper – BYUI

 

The section meeting next year will be hosted by USU with James Coburn as the local organizer, and two years from now at BSU with Daryl Macomb as the local organizer.

After lunch there were a few more talks and a handful of short workshops, and the day finished with a planetarium show. Matt Zachreson did a fine job with the meeting and everyone who came had a great time.

2018 Spring Section Meeting Announcement

The 2018 Spring meeting of the Idaho/Utah section of the AAPT will be held February 23-24 in Rexburg, Idaho.  While this is earlier than normal, it is the latest weekend I could find that did not conflict with a spring break, finals, or other popular conference/teacher in-service.

More information on registration, abstract submission, etc. is available here: https://content.byui.edu/file/5faef9d2-3f50-4f0a-a853-b04b47326b0d/1/main.htm

Once again, we will be holding a student poster session, so please encourage your students to prepare and participate.

On Friday, we will have our usual demo show.  Then on Saturday will be our annual business meeting, invited and contributed talks, and raffle.

If you know of any teachers not on our mailing list, or anyone else who might be interested, please forward them this message.

Matt Zachreson

Idaho/Utah AAPT Section Vice President

Brigham Young University-Idaho

zachresonm@byui.edu

 

Spring 2017 section report

AAPT Idaho-Utah Section Meeting Report April 2017

 

Section Representative: Brian A Pyper – Brigham Young University-Idaho Department of Physics

The Section Meeting for the Idaho-Utah Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers was held at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City April 14-15 2017. The meeting was excellently organized by Adam Beehler and Kathrine Skollingsberg, and was attended by about 60 people, some 10 HS Faculty, 30 College/University Faculty/Staff, and 20 students some of whom were jointly attending the combined SPS Zone 15 meeting.

The program included the ever-popular Demonstration Show, a collection of contributed talks, and the section business meeting and annual section officer election.

The results of the election were as follows, with terms from 4-17 to 4-18:

Steve Shropshire from ISU is now the past-president

Adam Beehler from the University of Utah is now the section president.

Matt Zachreson from BYUI is now the vice president

James Coburn from Utah State is now the president elect

Brian Pyper, from BYUI remains the section representative with a term to expire in 2018

 

The section meeting for next spring is planned to be held at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg.

Spring 2017 Meeting

You are invited to attend the annual spring meeting of the AAPT Idaho-Utah Section (American Association of Physics Teachers).  Anyone is welcome to attend, whether a member of AAPT or not.  The AAPT is “A professional membership association of scientists dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.”  You are welcome to tell friends and colleagues about this meeting.

 

This link should contain everything you need to know about the meeting:

http://www.physics.utah.edu/~aapt/index.html

36th Annual Spring Meeting
AAPT Idaho-Utah Section

Friday and Saturday April 14-15, 2017

Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

This meeting will feature…

Friday
– banquet
– public demonstration show

Saturday
– invited and contributed talks
– student poster session
– catered lunch
– annual section business meeting
– raffle
– tours

 

Academic Credit / Professional Development / Continuing Education

For those interested, we have arranged for you to receive academic credit through participating in this meeting.

 

Student Poster Competition

Do not miss an opportunity to participate in the student poster competition (with prizes!).  Poster content may be on anything related to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.  This may involve physics research, education research, instruction techniques, demonstrations, physics projects, community engagement, etc.

 

Contributed Talks & Demo Show Presentation

We are now accepting submissions for posters, talks, and demo presentations.  See the website to sign up.

 

Presentation and Tour:  Utah Nano-Fabrication Laboratory

Nanotechnology has become a big thing.  This presentation and tour of the state-of-the-art nanofabrication facility involves an examination of methods that can be used to teach students about scaling principles and modern nanotechnologies, along with how we use them, and how they are made.

 

Online Registration

Please register online to reserve your spot at the meeting.  Early bird registration for the meeting is $12 for students and $20 for everyone else, until April 2, 2017. This fee also includes all meals and snacks on both days.

 

Material Donations

We are accepting donations of any teaching materials (including textbooks) for the raffle, as well as for high school teachers.  Please bring these materials with you, and drop them off in 103 JFB prior to the Friday demo show.

 

Locations

All events will be on the University of Utah Campus.  See the website for maps and parking.

 

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Sincerely,

Adam Beehler
Vice President
AAPT Idaho-Utah Section

 

 

Spring 2016 Section Report

AAPT Section Report 2016

Brian A Pyper, Section Representative

 

The Idaho-Utah Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers met April 15-16 at Idaho State University in Pocatello, hosted by local organizer and Section vice president Steve Shropshire. The meeting combined with an SPS Zone 15 meeting as well. About 70 people were in attendance for the meeting, which featured a banquet dinner, several guest speakers, and the perennially popular demo show (http://www.physics.isu.edu/events/conference/AAPTDemoSchedule.shtml) and make and take.

The program was excellent, with a varied collection of contributed talks and posters. The full program of events is available at http://www.physics.isu.edu/events/conference/schedule.shtml.

The business meeting Saturday re-elected Adam Beehler from the University of Utah as the section treasurer, and tentatively elected Matt Zachreson of BYUI to serve as president elect, and host the meeting in Rexburg in 2018 on the condition that Boise State, whose turn it should be, can’t do it, and that his one-year appointment at BYUI is renewed.

So the Current slate of officers for the section is as follows:

Matt Zachreson (BYUI) – President Elect (rotates to Vice President in 2017)

Adam Beehler (UofU) – Vice President and Treasurer (2017)

Steve Shropshire (ISU) – President (2017)

Larry Smith (Snow) – Past President (2017)

Brian Pyper (BYUI) – Section Representative (term expires in 2018)

 

A sincere thanks to Steve Shropshire and the department at ISU for hosting the section so well. Keep abreast of the section doings and plans for the Spring 2017 section meeting at the University of Utah on the section’s web page at idahoutah.aaptsections.org.

2016 Section Meeting participants
2016 Section Meeting participants

2016 Spring Section Meeting details

Dear Colleagues,

 

The 2016 meeting of the Idaho/Utah Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) will be at ISU in Pocatello, Idaho, April 15- 16.  The AAPT is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.  The meeting will feature:

A Friday evening demo show and share-a-thon

A free banquet courtesy of the ISU College of Science and Engineering

Saturday sessions with invited and contributed talks on physics teaching topics, and a student research poster session

A leaf-blower hovercraft construction workshop, with all materials paid for by a grant from the Bauder Endowment (for the first 20 middle school and high school teachers only).  The cost for others to participate in this workshop is $120.

Tour of the Idaho Accelerator Center

Continuing education credit through ISU

For more information on the conference, to register, and to submit contributed abstracts, go to

http://www.physics.isu.edu/events/conference/

 

You do not have to be a member of the AAPT to attend.  Registration will be $5, which does not include the cost of lunch on Saturday, which is an additional $10.  This will be a great opportunity to learn and share tools and tips for teaching physics and physical science.

Thank you for your time and consideration, and have a great semester.

Steve Shropshire
Idaho/Utah AAPT Section Vice President

 

2016 Spring Section Meeting Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

 

The 2016 meeting of the Idaho/Utah Section of the AAPT will be at ISU in Pocatello, Idaho, April 15 – 16.  Of all of the possible dates I proposed in emails to section members and others since October, this weekend had the fewest conflicts according to replies I received.

Please reserve this date and plan to attend, if convenient.  We will have our usual Friday evening demo show, which will be open to the public.  For Saturday we will have contributed talks, student posters, our annual section business meeting, a raffle, an optional tour of the Idaho Accelerator Center, and a leaf-blower hovercraft construction workshop.  Our meeting will be joint with a meeting of Zone 15 of the Society of Physics Students.

 

Additional details regarding registration, abstract submission, lodging, and a conference website will follow in the next few weeks.  If you are aware of any high school or college physics teacher who is not in recipient list for this email, or anyone else you think may have an interest in attending our meeting, please forward this to them and cc me.

 

Thank you for your time and consideration, and have a great semester.

 

Steve Shropshire

Idaho/Utah AAPT Section Vice President

 

Steven L. Shropshire, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Physics

Idaho State University

Mail Stop 8106, Pocatello, ID  83209  USA

208 282 2212, FAX 208 282 4649

Section Meeting History 1983-present

Thanks to Rondo Jefferies for the memories!

Idaho/Utah section meetings of AAPT

year         dates                 place                                 institution

1983           Apr. 15                Logan, Utah                      Utah State University     (organizational meeting)

1984           Mar. 17               Boise, Idaho                     Boise State University

1985           Mar. 8-9             Provo, Utah                      Brigham Young University

1986           Mar. 7-8             Pocatello, Idaho             Idaho State University

1987           Mar. 6-7             Ogden, Utah                    Weber State College

1988           Mar. 4-5             Rexburg, Idaho               Ricks College

1989           Mar. 10               Salt Lake City                    University of Utah

1990           Mar. 2-3             Boise, Idaho                     Boise State University

1991           Mar. 1-2             Brigham City, Utah        Utah State Univ./Box Elder H.S.

1992           Mar. 6-7             Pocatello, Idaho             Idaho State University

1993           Mar. 26-27        Provo, Utah                      Brigham Young University

1994           Mar. 11-12        Rexburg, Idaho               Ricks College

1995           Mar. 10-11        Ogden, Utah                    Weber State University

1996           Mar. 1-2             Boise, Idaho                     Boise State University

1997           Mar. 13-14        Salt Lake City, Utah       Westminster College

1998           Mar. 6-7             Pocatello, Idaho             Idaho State University

1999           Mar. 5-6             Logan, Utah                      Utah State University

2000           Apr. 1                  Twin Falls, Idaho             College of Southern Idaho (joint with Idaho Acad. Sci.)

2001           Mar. 1-2             Provo, Utah                      Brigham Young University

2002           Mar. 29-30        Boise, Idaho                     Boise State University

2003           Mar. 28-29        Ogden, Utah                    Weber State University

2004           Mar. 26-27        Pocatello, Idaho             Idaho State University

2005           Mar. 26               Salt Lake City                    University of Utah

2006           Mar. 24-25        Rexburg, Idaho               Brigham Young University-Idaho

2007           Mar. 23-24        Logan, Utah                      Utah State University

2008           Mar. 28-29        Nampa, Idaho                 College of Western Idaho

2009           Mar. 6-7             Provo, Utah                      Brigham Young University

2010           Apr. 30-May1   Pocatello, Idaho             Idaho State University

2011           Mar. 11-12        Ogden, Utah                    Weber State University

2012           Mar. 9-10           Rexburg, Idaho               Brigham Young University-Idaho

2013           Mar 15-16          Orem, Utah                      Utah Valley University

2014           Mar 21-22          Caldwell, ID                      College of Idaho

2015           Mar 13-14          Ephraim, UT                     Snow College

2016                                         Pocatello, ID                     Idaho State University

2017                                         Salt Lake City, UT            University of Utah

2018         Feb 23-24         Rexburg, ID                         BYU-Idaho

Section Meeting and Annual Report Spring 2015

AAPT Idaho-Utah Section report spring 2015

AAPTID-UTSpring2015MeetingThe annual meeting of the Idaho-Utah section of the American Association of Physics Teachers was held March 13-14 at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. The ever-popular demonstration show was held Friday night and was attended by over 200 people.  A short video compilation (thanks to Snow College!) is available here: https://snow.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/aapt_event/0_9sg0w43a/13823862

 

Saturday held a full season of talks and activities, highlighted by a report from the Governor of Utah’s advisor for science education, Tami Pyfer. About 50 people participated in the conference, which was organized by Larry Smith, the current vice-president of the section, who did a fantastic job. A copy of the program is attached below.

 

Of particular interest was the business meeting, in which Brian Pyper was re-elected as Section Representative and Adam Beehler was elected as president-elect in absentia and in anticipation of his organizing the section meeting in two years at the University of Utah. This means the current spate of officers is: Katie Devine (CofI) – Past President, Larry Smith (Snow College) – President, Steve Shropshire (ISU) – Vice President, Adam Beehler (UofU) – President-Elect and Treasurer, and Brian Pyper (BYUI) – Section Representative. The section meeting will be held in Pocatello next year hosted by Steve Shropshire.

 

Rondo Jefferies from Weber State graciously sent me a note listing the history of the section meetings going back to 1983 when the section was founded. I’ve posted it below.

 

– Brian Pyper

section representative

March 2015

 

Program:

Friday, March 13th

4:00 – 6:00 PM                 Registration                                  Huntsman Library Lobby

6:00 – 7:15 PM                 Dinner                                              LDS Institute Pavilion

                                             (included in registration fee)

7:30 – 9:00 PM                 Physics Demo Night                    Huntsman Library Auditorium

                                             (free to the public)

Saturday, March 14th

8:00 – 9:00 AM                 Registration                                     Huntsman Library Lobby

 

9:00 – 9:10 AM               Welcome                                           Huntsman Library Auditorium

 

9:15 – 10:15 AM             Talk Session I                                        Huntsman Library Auditorium

10:15 – 10:30 AM          Snack Break                                      Huntsman Library Lobby

10:30 – 12:00 PM           Talk Session II                                      Huntsman Library Auditorium

12:00 – 12:05 PM              Group Photo                                        Plaza in front of Huntsman Library

12:05 – 1:00 PM                 Lunch                                                 Noyes Bldg, Founders Hall

                                            (included in registration fee)

 

12:30 – 12:50 PM              AAPT Business Meeting                       Noyes Bldg, Founders Hall

                                            Raffle/Prizes

12:50 – 1:10 PM              Poster Session                                    Noyes Bldg, Founders Hall

 

1:15 –2:45 PM                  Talk Session III                                     Huntsman Library Auditorium

1:15 –2:15 PM                  “Build-It” session                              SCNCE 326

Build a penny vaporizer and get a lesson plan (for HS teachers only)

2:15 – 3:15 PM                 Planetarium Open House            Noyes Bldg, Founders Hall

Lynn Lindsay, Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Astronomy and Mathematics

 

2015 Spring Meeting announcement

The Spring 2015 meeting of the Idaho-Utah Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers will be held March 13-14 2015 at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.

The Local Organizer is Larry Smith larry.smith@snow.edu

Information will be posted here as it becomes available, but mark your calendars and plan to attend.

See http://snow.edu/aapt/ for more.

Brian Pyper – Section Representative

pyperb@byui.edu