The New Jersey Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (NJAAPT) is a professional organization whose focus is on physics education and educational research. The majority of NJAAPT members are high school and college faculty teaching in New Jersey. Activities include a Newsletter, Workshops, Conferences, Meetings, Sharing Sessions, Lectures, a Listserve, and a Website.
It was another successful year for the Physics Olympics! This year, 22 schools and 45 teams participated in the 2014 Physics Olympics. Many schools brought student and parent observers to cheer on their school’s team. All together, over 300 students, teachers and parents joined together to do physics on a beautiful January day. The students competed in the following six competitions: The Fermi Question, The Catapult Event, The Cantilever Event, The Collapsing Tower of Dominoes Event, The paper Tower Event and The Paper Boomerang Event. J. P. Stevens HS won 1st place overall while Chatham HS took 2nd overall and Monmouth Regional took 3rd overall. The schools that won 1st place in the individual events are as follows: Fermi Question, JP Stevens HS; Boomerang, Oakcrest HS; Catapult, Manchester HS, Cantilever & Paper Tower, Chatham HS; Collapsing Tower, Monsignor Donovan HS
Sponsored by the New Jersey Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, (NJAAPT), since the mid-1970s, the event was organized by Dr Fred Pregger and Mr. Jud Fink, retired physics professors from The College of New Jersey as well many others form NJAAPT. The Olympics was held at The College of New Jersey until the mid–1990’s when it moved to Rutgers University, under the guidance of David Maiullo, Physics Support Specialist, Rutgers University. From 2000 until the present, Monmouth Regional HS has sponsored the event under the guidance of Jessie Blair, retired Chairwoman of the Science Department at Monmouth Regional HS and, John Valente, Physics Instructor at the Marine Academy of Science & Technology.
The 2014 Henry R. and Gladys V. Irons Lecture
|Professor Margaret Murnane
University of Colorado, Boulder
Tabletop X-Ray Lasers: From Star Wars to Nanotechnology
1:30 P.M., Saturday March 29, 2014
Physics Lecture Hall, Busch Campus, Rutgers University
For more information at a technical level, see Popmintchev et al. (2012, Science, 336, 1287).
Dr. Margaret Murnane is a Fellow at JILA and a member of the Departments of Physics and Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado. She received her B.S and M.S. degrees from University College Cork, Ireland, and her Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, and joined the faculty of physics at Washington State University in 1990. In 1996, Professor Murnane moved to the University of Michigan, and in 1999 she moved to the University of Colorado. She runs a joint research group and a small laser company with her husband, Professor Henry Kapteyn. Her research interests have been in ultrafast optical and X-ray science. Professor Murnane is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America. Her honors include the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award of the American Physical Society (1997), a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (2000), election to the National Academy of Sciences (2004) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), the RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence (2011), and — shared with Professor Kapteyn — the Ahmed Zewail Award of the American Chemical Society (2009), the Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science of the American Physical Society (2010), the R.W. Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America (2010), and the Willis Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics (2012).
- Directions to the department. Please park in lot 53A if possible. There are also multiple parking lots on Livingston Campus, with buses running every 30-35 minutes to (route Weekend 2) and from (route Weekend 1) the Hill Center on Busch Campus.
- You may download a flyer (PDF format) for the Irons Lecture, including driving directions, suitable for copying and distribution.
- For further information, contact Professor Andrew Baker (ajbaker [at] physics.rutgers.edu, phone 848-445-8887) or Professor Larry Zamick (lzamick [at] physics.rutgers.edu, phone 848-445-8778).
Last revised: February 7, 2014 by A. Baker.
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The annual Spring Sectional Meeting will be held at Princeton University Friday and Saturday, March 14 & 15. Please check the website for updates on the meeting and to find registration materials as these will be posted shortly.
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You may register for one or both days and there is a savings for the two-day attendance. Friday will include a wine and cheese reception, buffet dinner, and a talk entitled: “A Ray of Light in a Sea of Dark Matter” by Charles Keeton of Rutgers University.
Saturday will include registration, breakfast, and lunch. Wil van der Veen, the Program Director of the NJ Astronomy Center for Education, will address the Next Generation Science Standards discussing all the sciences. This would provide a rare opportunity for you to invite other members of your department to hear about the new standards. Revisions in the AP Physics B course will be discussed by Patty Zober, a Pennsylvania high school physics teacher and leader of workshops related to the changes. There will also be breakout sessions to discuss these topics and another to answer as many questions as possible on the subjects. The meeting will conclude with a demonstration show conducted by the Princeton University staff.