Regional Meetings


2021 Fall Meeting:

Call for Contributed Papers & Posters

You can find information on registration our Wild Apricot Site.

If you would like to contribute a paper to the fall meeting click here.

The Fall 2021 Joint Meeting of the New England and New York State Sections of AAPT will be hybrid: virtual with an onsite option.

Start 2021-10-22   5:30 PM End 2021-10-23   4:30 PM Location Online via Zoom and Hybrid from Syracuse, NY

The Fall 2021 Joint Meeting of the New England and New York State Sections of AAPT will be hybrid: virtual with an onsite option…  

Location:  Virtual, via Zoom link sent to registered participants, and for those who wish to join in person, onsite in Syracuse, NY at Syracuse University.

The Meeting Theme is:  Building Enthusiasm through Introductory Physics – Sharing Engaging Teaching Strategies for All Levels

Open questions fitting the theme:  What are some strategies to improve introductory physics at different levels of instruction?  How can modifications and extensions facilitate students’ understanding?  How are we using technology such as wireless sensors or methods such as group work in high school and post-secondary education?  How do we share and engage and welcome in the fun of physics?

Our Friday Keynote event is a live demonstration show from Syracuse University, “Honoring High School-College Collaborations: 30 Years of the Physics Alliance of Central New York”  Hybrid, with attendance in person and simulcast on Zoom.

Lead emcees: Sam Sampere, Syracuse University and David Sturm, University of Maine

See articles on the Physics Alliance such as:

Saturday invited speakers are TBD

If you plan to contribute a paper that will make the program, please send your abstract by October 8.

All are welcome!  We are encouraging contributions with our theme “Building Enthusiasm through Introductory Physics”; other topics will also be considered.


Schedule:  As of 9/7/2021, talk start times will be consecutive as much as possible.

Friday, October 22, 2021; AAPT Friday Night Session

5:30 pm Zoom Room opens for Conversation, Testing, Open Chat, Etc.  (Hybrid, Onsite start of posters)

6:00 pm Zoom Room online posters and over-meal discussion (Hybrid, Onsite Lobby refreshments before demonstrations, posters in hallway)

6:55 pm SESSION CALLED TO ORDER, Announcements and Welcome

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm DEMONSTRATION SHOW: “Honoring High School-College Collaborations: 30 Years of the Physics Alliance of Central New York, 15 Years of the Mainely Physics Road Show”.  Sam Sampere, Syracuse University & David Sturm, University of Maine presenting

8:30 pm Ice Cream Social Online, and in person at Syracuse

Saturday, October 23, 2021; AAPT Saturday Session
9:30 am Zoom Room opens for Conversation, Testing, Open Chat, Etc.

10:00 am SESSION CALLED TO ORDER, Opening Remarks

10:05 – 10:50 am Morning Keynote Speaker – TBD

10:50 – 11:30 am Morning Invited Talk: TBD

11:30 am – 12:10 pm Midday Invited Talk: TBD

12:10 -12:40 pm  Lunch break, breakout rooms for AAPT-NES Fall Board Meeting, NYSS-AAPT Board Meeting, and other discussions

Contributed Talks:  (Timing depends on number of accepted submissions, usually no less than 15 minutes, no more than 25.)  Four blocks of 20 minute talks as an example:

12:40 – 1:00 pm TBD

1:00 – 1:20 pm TBD

1:20 – 1:40 pm TBD

1:40 – 2:00 pm TBD

2:00 pm Workshop Block: TBD

Workshop PTRA  2 – 4 pm – TBD, AAPT Physics Teaching Resource Agents (PTRA) —  This workshop will have a separate online link run via the presenter, via information sent to workshop registrants…

Workshop B  2 – 4 pm – TBD This workshop will have a separate online link run via the presenter, via information sent to workshop registrants… 

Workshop C  2 pm – 4 pm – TBD This workshop will run on the primary Zoom.

Workshop Onsite 2 – 4 pm – TBD  Make’N’Take Session for High School Teachers

**  Note, APS members are always welcome to register for AAPT sessions and workshops with the understanding that there is no APS documentation of presentations as at AAPT or AAPT-led joint meetings.

* AAPT welcomes all other contributed papers/posters at link above.

ZOOM HOST Contact:

David Sturm, University of Maine 207-478-4937 (texts only)


Sam Sampere, Syracuse University

Conference Hotels:  Syracuse University Conference Center Sheraton, information TBA


2021 Spring Meeting:

 Meeting Theme – “Bridging Divides – Enhancing Equity in the Remote Physics Classroom”

will be held Saturday, April 24  8:30 am – 3:30 PM Online 

Link to Follow

The meeting registration link will be at: 

We are encouraging contributions with our theme “Enhancing Equity in the Remote Physics Classroom”; other topics will also be considered.

Our Keynote speaker is Dr. Enrique Suárez, Department of Education, University of Massachusetts.  “Estoy Explorando Science: Emergent bilingual students problematizing physical phenomena through leveraging multiple communicative resources.”  

Invited speakers Emily James, Brewster Academy, and Vivian O’Brian, STEP UP Ambassador. “Addressing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Issues in Physics Through STEP UP Program.”

Invited speaker Gary Garber, Robotics, Physics and STEM Educational Consultant. From Physics Teacher to Culturally Responsive Teaching Facilitator.”

If you have questions, contact Edward Hasenohr at

On behalf of the board of the AAPT-New England Section, we wish to announce the 2020 Fall Meeting to be held remotely (via Zoom) on Saturday, October 31, 2020.  10:00 am to 2:00 pm; workshop(s) from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The meeting theme is Improving Physics Instructional Lab Experiences.  We encourage participation from across the span from elementary and secondary education through first-year and beyond the first year (BFY) of college.  We invite all from early-career to experienced to retired, and especially recent or new-to-physics teachers to join us!

Our keynote speaker is: Dr. Natasha Holmes, Cornell University Physics, and we welcome contributed talks.  There will be workshops, including  a PTRA session with information that can be used in a remote-classroom setting, held on Saturday afternoon. 

2020 Fall Meeting – Tentative Program

Saturday, October 31st

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Opening Remarks
  • Keynote Speaker – Natasha Holmes (Cornell University): When Developing Conceptual Understanding Interferes with Teaching Authentic Physics
  • Invited Talk: Lucas Walker (Weston High School): Expanding Learning in the Physics Lab via Integration of Computation 
  • Invited Talk: Michael Briggs (University of New Hampshire): Comparison of Academically Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Groups.
  • Contributed Talks:
  • NES Fall Business Meeting
  • Workshops (Separate Zoom meetings that follow the general meeting)
    • Steve Henning (PTRA): Interactive Lecture Demonstrations in a Virtual Environment.
      • This workshop will focus on using ILDs  that were developed by David Sokoloff and Ron Thornton.  David Sokoloff has provided the ILD text in pdf format and updated some of the ILDs for use virtually.  There will also be additional examples using PASCO and Vernier smart carts and software.
    • Jay Wang (University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth) and Tim Atherton (Tufts University):  Computation and Modeling
      • This workshop will focus on computation and modeling activities integrated into introductory and advanced physics courses appropriate for high school to college levels. The participants will be guided to work on concrete examples and will be encouraged to develop their own plans or activities. We will introduce common tools such as Jupyter notebook, excel, glowscript, and tracker, as well as useful resources such as PICUP and Physlets, some are particularly suitable for online delivery.
      • Time: 2 hours, with an optional 3rd hour and follow-up meeting.
    • Emily James (Brewster Academy) and Vivian O’Brian (STEP UP Ambassador for APS/AAPT): STEP UP:  Teaching Students about Career Potentials in Physics
      • Did you know that physics is the only undergraduate science field with women represented at less than 50 %?  In fact, women make up only 20 % of recipients of bachelor’s degrees in physics.  The good news is that high school teachers can strongly influence women to pursue a degree in physics.  The STEP UP project has developed research-based lessons to engage women in this discipline and has created a nationwide community of teachers committed to increasing the representation of women in physics.  We will be presenting one of the lesson plans entitled “Careers in Physics” which may be successfully taught remotely, in person, or in a hybrid classroom situation.  These lessons will help your students assess their personal values in relation to a career in physics, examine profiles of professionals with a physics degree, and envision themselves in a physics career.  In addition, some of the student misconceptions surrounding the relevance of physics to other fields of study as well as its pivotal role in solving many societal problems such as climate change and curing cancer will be addressed.


1) The Joint Spring Meeting for AAPT-NES and APS-NES
will be held at Springfield College on March 22 & 23, 2019.
2) Contributed talks and posters are solicited in these topic areas:
  a.  Applying and Exploring Physics though Engineering Design/Maker Spaces
  b. The hybrid disciplines: Intersection of Physics with Other Scientific 
       Domains (e.g. Geophysics, Biomechanics, etc)
  c. Physics Education Research

March 16-17, 2018 at Nashua Community College

March 17-18, 2017   Quinsigamond Community College

Theme:  AIM Higher – Astronomy, Instrumentation and Making

Register for the meeting:

Venue: All events will be in the Harrington Learning Center and the QuEST Building on the QCC campus at 602 West Boylston ST, Worcester, MA.

Friday, March 17, 2017 – Room 109 & Adjacent Foyer, Harrington

4:00 pm       Registration
5:00 pm       Poster Session, Vendors
6:30 pm       Buffet Dinner
7:30 pm       Key Note: Dr. Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor & Director of the Hopkins
Observatory, Williams College

The August 21, 2017, Total Solar Eclipse: Science, Equipment, and Circumstances

9:00 pm       Observing with the local Amateur Astronomers (weather permitting).

Saturday, March 18, 2017

7:30 am       Continental Breakfast, Registration, Posters & Vendors – Harrington
8:00 am       Share-a-Demo Contest – Harrington
9:00 am       Coffee Break – Harrington
9:15 am       Contributed Talks – QuEST
11:00 am     Invited Talks – Harrington
12:30 pm     Buffet Lunch. Board Meeting and Brief Section Meeting
Posters, Vendors, Janet Guernsey Award and Share-a-Demo Prizes

1:30-4:30    Workshops in the QuEST Building.

4:30 pm       Pick up Professional Development Certificates – Harrington


Teaching with Telescopes
A. Schwortz, QCCDo you have a telescope just gathering dust? Are you looking for ways to integrate it into your curriculum?  Or do you just want to take some students out at night to look at the stars?  This workshop will include hands on time with reflecting and refracting telescopes, examples of class activities, time to brainstorm and lesson plan with colleagues, and resources for maintaining or purchasing telescopes.  If you have access to a telescope, you are encouraged to bring it (and any accessories) and will learn to use it or assess the maintenance needs.
R. Dorland, St. Joseph’s CollegeDesign & build creative circuit projects using Arduino!  Unlock the “do-it-yourself” maker potential in your classroom. Participants will build a simple sensor project using an Arduino UNO board that can be used to introduce circuits and E/M topics in any level physics course.  The workshop assumes no prior experience with Arduino.  You will learn how to setup and connect to a new board, and how to adapt existing code for your project.  Materials provided, and registered participants will be able to take their completed project home. Partly funded by a NASA grant.
Video Analysis
S. Henning, PTRAShort videos, often just 20 to 30 frames long, are designed for analysis in a computer, iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Using LoggerPro (or, the free Tracker software) positions of objects in the video frame can be measured. The data can be graphed, analyzed, compared to theoretical models, and even used to display vectors or points superimposed on the original video.  Participants will receive hands on experience with video analysis and a copy of Physics with Video Analysis from Vernier, which has a generous site license. AAPT-NES will cover part of the PTRA cost. $20 fee for participants.

Jay Pasachoff is Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Hopkins Observatory at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.  A veteran of 65 solar eclipses, he is Chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Solar Eclipses and a member of the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Eclipse Task Force.  His recent research includes studies of the dynamics of the solar corona studied from the ground at eclipses and from spacecraft, and the temperature and structure of the corona over the solar-activity cycle from images and spectra.  He also studies the atmosphere of Pluto through observation of stellar occultations.  His recent eclipse and other solar research is and has been supported by the NSF and the Committee for Research and Exploration of the National Geographic Society; his Pluto research has recently been supported by NASA.

   Pasachoff received the 2003 Education Prize of the American Astronomical Society, the 2012 Janssen Prize of the Société Astronomique de France, and the 2017 Richtmyer Memorial Lecture Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers.
The August 21, 2017, Total Solar Eclipse: Science, Equipment, and Circumstances
On August 31, 2017, a total solar eclipse’s 70-mile-wide band of totality will sweep across the Continental United States from coast to coast for the first time in 99 years.  The zone from which the partially eclipsed sun will be visible includes all of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  But only during the 2+ minutes of totality will it get as dark as twilight and will the interesting solar phenomena–such as Baily’s beads, the diamond-ring effect, and totality–become visible.  At that time, the beautiful corona will show streamers and other structure, held in place by the sun’s magnetic field.  The corona is about the same brightness as the full moon and equally safe to look at.  But before and after totality even in the band of totality, or off to the sides of the band where only a partial eclipse is visible, one can look safely at the sun only with special partial-eclipse filters or by projection. Even when 99% of the sun is covered, the remaining 1% is nearly 10,000 times brighter than totality (or the full moon), so eye-protection precautions are needed.  Still, seeing an eclipse in general and totality in particular is so exciting and so remarkable that it can be inspirational for students–not only causing some of them to go into science but also inspiring them about their other academic studies.  Coverage in the US will be over 71% of the solar diameter from Worcester and Boston with New England ranging from 75%  in southeastern Connecticut to 58% at the top of Maine, as the path of totality proceeds from Salem, Oregon, to Charlestown, South Carolina; cloudiness statistics from decades of satellite images are available.
   I will not only describe the circumstances for viewing the 2017 eclipse, whether it is total or partial, but also show and discuss the beautiful images and spectra we have obtained at the most recent eclipses, including total eclipses in Easter Island (2010), Australia (2012), Gabon (2013), Svalbard (2015), and Indonesia (2016) as well as annular or partial eclipses observed elsewhere.  Our images are taken with CCD detectors, with a test of coronal heating using frame-transfer CCDs and studies of coronal emission lines made with slitless spectrographs.
  My work at solar eclipses has recently been supported by the NSF and the Committee for Research and Exploration of the National Geographic Society, and I thank them both for research grants for our scientific studies of the 2017 total eclipse, including AGS-1602461 from the NSF and 987816 from National Geographic.


Theme: How Physics Teaching Has Changed Since 1950: 66 years after the landmark AAPT National Meeting at Wesleyan University

In 1950, the first AAPT National Meeting was held at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Travel down Rt. 66 and meet us on October 21-22, 2016 for the Tri-Regional meeting of the New England, New York and New Jersey Sections of AAPT.

We will look at how we taught Physics, how we teach Physics now, and where we’re headed in the future.

AAPT Tri-Regional Meeting New England, New Jersey & New York Sections

Wesleyan University
Exley Science Center
265 Church Street
Middletown, CT

Friday, October 21, 2016
4:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Poster Session
Beverages & Hors d’oevres
6:30 pm Buffet Dinner
6:45-7:30 pm Demonstrations
7:30 pm Key Note Speaker
9:00 pm Van Vleck Observatory open, weather permitting

Saturday, October 22, 2016
7:30 am Continental Breakfast & Late Registration & Posters
8 –9:15 am Teslamania Contest
9:15 am Coffee Break
9:30 – 11 am Contributed Talks
11 -12:30 pm Invited Talks
12:30 pm Buffet Lunch and Teslamania Prizes

1. Computation in
1:30-4:30 pm
2. BU Private AP Physics
Online Course
1:30-3:00 pm

3. Make & Take-Glass
3:00-4:30 pm

4. PTRA – Activities
from the Perimeter
Institute-Including GPS,
Plancks Constant, and
1:30-4:30 pm

4:30 pm Pick up professional development certificates.

 Topic:  “NGSS and its Impact on Teaching”
Click here for the meeting website
AAPT-NES Fall Regional Meeting with AAPT-NYS & NJ @ Wesleyan University, Friday October 21 – Sunday October 23, 2016
Provisional topic:  “How Physics Teaching Has Changed Since 1950:
                        66 years after the landmark AAPT National Meeting at Wesleyan”
APS-NES Spring Meeting @ Wheaton, Friday April 1 – Saturday April 2, 2016
APS-NES Fall Meeting @ MCLA, Friday October 28 – Saturday October 29, 2016


Oct 2-3  Fall Regional AAPT meeting at Bergen Community College in Paramus NJ

Nov 6-7  Joint Fall meeting of New England APS and AAPT sections at  Dartmouth College. (Click here for conference)

TBD  Spring New England Section AAPT meeting at TBD

Our Fall and Spring section meetings provide a nice way for our members to meet and share experiences. Each meeting has a program chair who works with section officers to bring you the best possible speakers. Do you know someone whom you think would be an excellent speaker for our Friday evening dinner? Do you have a favorite lab or demonstration you want to share with your fellow physics teachers at our next section meeting? If so, let us hear from you. Your comments and suggestions are needed and welcomed. Just go to the Members of the Board page and email us.

Recent Past Meetings:

Fall 2016   Northeastern Regional Meeting in Western CT.

March 20-21 2015  AAPT New England Section Meeting at Salem State College

October 9-10 2014 AAPT Northeast Regional Meeting at Sienna College

APS New England Section Fall Meeting at Wentworth College Nov 7-8

April 3-6 2014: National Meeting of NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) in Boston, MA

Sept 27-28 2013: Northeast Regional AAPT meeting at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY (NJ, NY, and NES sections).  More info below.

2013 Spring Meeting at Milton Academy

2012 Fall Meeting Joint with NES-APS at Williams College

2012 Spring Meeting at Thayer Academy April 27 and April 28

2011 Fall Physics Day at NSTA Hartford Regional Meeting: Click here for a recap and to see photos!

For information on 2011 Fall Meeting at UMASS Amherst Nov 18 and Nov 19 click here.  Recap on the AGW debate by Paul Carr and Larry Gould.

Spring 2011      UMASS Lowell.  For a recap on the UMASS Lowell meeting from the NES-APS Newsletter click here.

Fall 2010          Brown University

Fall 2009          University of New Hampshire

Spring 2009      Northeastern University

2008- Spring Northeastern University Elementary Particle Physics in the 21st Century
2008- Fall Univ. of Mass.- Boston Out of Equilibrium
2008-Spring U.S. Coast Guard Academy Science of Homeland Security
2007 – Fall University of Connecticut, Storrs  Carbon in the 21st Century
2007 – Spring University of Maine, Orono Statistical Physics and Applications
2006 – Fall The College of the Holy Cross The Physics of Sports
2006 – Spring Boston University Physics and Cosmology – at the interface
2005 – Fall University of Vermont Nano and Soft Matter Physics
2005-Spring Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Einstein
2004 – Fall Pratt & Whitney Corporation  Climate and Filght
2004-Spring Philips Exeter Academy Astronomy and Space Physics
2003-Fall Bates College Physics We Haven’t Told You Yet and “Passing The Torch: Helping new Physics Teachers without getting burned (out)”
2003-Spring Williams College Quantum Bits, Ultrafast Pulses, Beyond the Visible Spectrum, and Teaching Physics
2002-Fall Bridgewater State College Exploring the Physics of the Big and Small
2002-Spring Brandeis University Expanding Horizons of Physics
2001-Fall Keene State College Confluence of Physics & Chemistry
2001-Spring Middlebury College Chaos, Complexity, and Self – Organization
2000-Fall Milton Academy
2000-Spring  Rhode Island College Physics, Industry, and Society, Teaching Physics
 1999-Fall1999 Spring  Norwich UniversityNashua, NH