Deadline extended to March 9th for Abstract Submissions

6 Mar

Submit an abstract now for the spring meeting!!!



Phys Ex at MIT

21 Feb

PhysEx is an opportunity for high school girls (and guys!) to learn about becoming a physicist. Students will have the chance to see the in’s-and-out’s of the life of a female physics major at MIT. PhysEx will be held Mar. 9th, from 10am-4pm on the MIT campus (see our website for me details). Events will include a discussion with a panel of current undergrads, lab tours and a poster session.

June Workshop by Laws, Sokoloff and Thorton

8 Feb

Research-Based Active Learning in Introductory Physics

NEW: Including RealTime Physics 3rd Edition, Clicker Interactive Lecture Demos and Video Analysis

Chautauqua Short Course

June 21-23, 2013, Portland, OR

Designed for those who teach introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools. Graduate credit will be available.*

Instructors: Priscilla Laws, Dickinson College, David Sokoloff, University of Oregon, Ronald Thornton, Tufts University

This hands-on course is designed for those interested in making learning in their introductory course more active either within a traditional course structure  (lectures, labs, and recitation hours), or by re-structuring their course (e.g., into a workshop or studio course).

Participants will be introduced to physics education research-validated strategies for each component of the introductory course such as Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs), RealTime Physics (RTP) labs, Activity Based Tutorials, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, Workshop Physics, and Physics with Video Analysis, along with strategies for analytic mathematical modeling. Some recent developments include the new electricity and magnetism labs in the 3rd Ed. of RTP, and ILDs using personal response systems (clickers) and interactive video analysis. The tools and software accompanying these active learning strategies are available for both Macintosh and Windows computers.

Results of studies on the effectiveness of these curricula will also be discussed. Participants will receive complimentary copies of the active learning curricula, along with Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite, a comprehensive book by E.F. Redish (University of Maryland) on strategies for implementing physics education research-based curricula. (The curricula are also available in the  High School e-dition–a more convenient form for high school use .) Physics topics will be chosen from both semesters of the introductory physics course.

* Up to two hours of graduate credit will be available from the University of Oregon.

For more information and to register:

or contact David Sokoloff, Department of Physics, 1274 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1274,<>, Phone: (541) 346-4755, Fax:  (541) 346-5861.

Spring New England American Physical Society Meeting

8 Feb

1st Announcement: NES APS Spring 2013 Meeting

Please check for updated details and information at the conference web site


Spring 2013 Meeting of the New England Section of the American Physical Society

Biophysics and Optics

Friday and Saturday, April 19 & 20, 2013
Bridgewater State University, New Sciences and Mathematics Complex
Bridgewater, Massachusetts

The Bridgewater State University Department of Physics is proud to host this spring’s NES/APS and pleased to present a ‘Biophysics and Optics’ theme all to be showcased in our recently opened Bartlett College of Sciences and Mathematics Complex. Plenary talks, a poster session and BSU building and lab tours followed by a banquet will be held on Friday evening, featuring an after-dinner talk by Harvard’s David Weitz on “The Physics of Cooking”. Night owls can enjoy a viewing session held by BSU physics students at the BSU Observatory (subject to favorable weather conditions).  Saturday concludes with plenary talks, contributed/parallel sessions and vendor displays.

The plenary sessions will focus on Biophysics, in particular optical and nano techniques used in cutting-edge biology and chemistry research, as well as Optics; Optics in Industry and in the Advanced labs.

Invited speakers include:

  • Ashley Carter (Amherst College)
  • Bill Hesse and Steve Wasserman (MIT)
  • Nate Derr(Harvard Medical School)
  • Sean Ling (Brown University)
  • David Weitz (Harvard Univ.)
  • Tom Kling (Bridgewater State Univ.)


Preliminary Conference Information

Please check for updated details and information at the conference web site

Program: For a detailed program including contributed abstracts and workshop information, the conference web site will have a downloadable PDF.

Registration:  Standard, student and Emeritus for conference and banquet (including banquet guests) registration can be found at the conference web site.  Students seeking reimbursement:  Hold on to all receipts and submit request after the meeting.  Please note that only students who are actually presenters will receive reimbursement up to $100 for expenses incurred in attending the meeting, e.g. registration fee, banquet, abstract fee, travel expenses.  Those who are co-authors but not actual presenters will not receive reimbursement. Bridgewater State University physics students may be able to provide free overnight accommodations in their dorms to a limited number of visiting students. Interested students should inquire with Prof. Deveney at

The deadline to register for the conference is Friday, April 5, for attendees who plan to attend the dinner banquet.

Abstracts and Contributed Papers:  We are currently soliciting contributions for oral and poster presentations for the meeting and we encourage students (undergrad and graduate), faculty and representatives from physics-related industry to contribute. We are particularly interested in the following subjects for Saturday morning breakout sessions:

  • Biophysics
  • Optics in Industry
  • Optics in BFY (Beyond First Year Laboratories)
  • Calculus and non-calculus 1st Year teaching and laboratory instruction
  • Vendor Displays

The deadline for abstract submissions is March 29th, 2013 – please see conference web site for details.

Lodging Information:  Blocks of 15 rooms have been reserved at each of the following locations:

  • Fairfield Inn by Marriot (Middleboro, $86 plus tax includes breakfast – Reservations by guests must be received on or before March 27, 2013)
  • Courtyard Marriot (Raynham, $115 plus tax, no breakfast – reservations by guests must be received on or before March 15, 2013)
  • Hampton Inn (Raynham, $99 plus tax, includes breakfast – call-in’s must be reserved at hotel no later than Friday March 22, 2013).

Information for these and several others can be found at the conference web site.

When reserving, please be sure to mention “Bridgewater State University, NES-APS Group”. 

Information and/or questions please direct to:

Ed Deveney

Bridgewater State University Physics

Phone: 508-531-2080



Professional Development Workshop for Physics Teachers

27 Jun
The educational research and development team at Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) is currently designing, developing and testing an innovative web-based learning environment called InterLACE (Interactive Learning and Collaboration Environment) to support high school students in carrying out collaborative inquiry-based physics lessons. The InterLACE team will be hosting a free Professional Development workshop August 13th – 17th from 9AM-3PM for interested Physics teachers. There are 20 spots available, applications will reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.
Teacher Professional Development

The workshop will focus on both the InterLACE tools and the pedagogical aspects related to inquiry-based learning.  During the professional development workshop, teachers will:   

  • Explore collaborative and inquiry-based pedagogy
  • Participate in hands-on activities incorporating the InterLACE software tool-kit
  • Develop lesson plans and activities for 2012-2013 school year
  • Complete additional nightly assignments (1 to 2 hours) outside of workshop hours in order to receive full 40 PDPs
  • Receive lunch each day

To apply for this workshop, please fill out this electronic form:

If you are interested in being part of the InterLACE project but cannot attend the workshop this summer, please still fill out the electronic form.

Application deadline is Friday, July 20th.

Thank you,

Lynne Ramsey
CEEO Office Assistant

Center for Engineering Education and Outreach
Tufts University
474 Boston Avenue
Curtis Hall, lower level
Medford, MA 02155
p: 617.627.5888
f: 617.627.4760

Short Summer Problem Solving Institutes for AP and College Physics Teachers at MIT

5 Jun

Click for PDF version of flyers.



Walk-in registration is welcome

23 Apr

Walk-in registration is welcome for the spring meeting this week. Please email Don Donovan ( if you are planning on attending the Friday Banquet. He needs an accurate meal count for the caterer.

Submit a paper to the Spring meeting

10 Jan

Keynote Speakers at Spring Meeting

10 Jan

David W. Latham is a Senior Astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge. He is a co-investigator on the Kepler project which has discovered hundreds of exo-planets. He has led efforts to build telescopes at the Whipple Observatory in Arizona and also the instruments to go on them. His interests have ranged from quasars and galaxy redshift surveys to studies of stellar and planetary companions to stars. Recently his research has focussed on the discovery and characterization of transiting exoplanets, both from the ground and from space.

Jonothan MacDowell is an astrophysicist at the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.  He carries out research into the history of the space program and writes an email-distributed newsletter, Jonathan’s Space Report . From 1993 to 2010 he wrote a monthly column for Sky and Telescope Magazine. He has also appeared on TV around the world pontificating on the latest goings-on in space and have now ventured into the podcastosphere. You can see him chat with Neil Tyson at the WGBH Forum, and some TV here, and on some CfA items

Eric Silver studies X-ray spectroscopy and polarimetry of laboratory and astrophysical plasmas at the Harvard Smithsonian Astronomical Observatory.

Welcome to the AAPT-NES

6 Nov

The objective of the New England Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers is the advancement and integration of the teaching of physics at all educational levels and the furtherance of an appreciation for the role of physics in our culture. Its membership consists of those interested in the teaching of physics. NES-AAPT membership is not contingent upon membership in the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

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