Fall 2007 Meeting of the Illinois Section of the AAPT

"Science and the Environment"
October 12-13, 2007
Lincoln Land Community College
5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9256 


We are pleased to invite you to attend the fall meeting of the ISAAPT.  Please come to learn more about physics, discover new tools and techniques for teaching physics, share your experiences via contributed presentations and Take Fives, and meet old and new friends.  The registration table will be in Menard 2211 (see the campus map).  Parking for the meeting can be in any of the lots.  Here are the program details and pictures taken at the meeting.

Invited speakers

"Confronting Global Warming"
Dr. Don Wuebbles, Director
School of Earth, Society, and Environment, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Banquet speaker on Friday evening
"On the Ramifications of No-Child-Left-Behind", a Panel Discussion
Panelists: Troy Gobble, Don Reid, Elisabeth Langford, and Diana Roth.  Moderator: Dave Sykes
Friday at 3:00 pm
"Developments in Coal Burning Power Plants" (PowerPoint - 13 MB)
Mr. Patrick Giacomini
Professional Engineer, City, Water, Light, and Power, Springfield, Illinois
Saturday at 10:00 am

Workshops - Sign up for these on the Registration form.

W1. "New Developments in MBL Tools", Pasco Scientific, Friday 10:00-12:00, free
W2. "A Natural – Nuclear Physics, Nuclear War. Is It Missing from Your Physics Curriculum? ",
            Ray Wilson, Friday 10:00-12:00, free
W3. Cracker Barrel Discussion: "Preparation of Illinois High School Physics Teachers", Friday 10:00-12:00, free

Call for 15 minute Contributed Presentations
- Deadlines: Title (Sep. 28), Description (Oct. 5)

There are five categories of presentations: (a) Active Learning, (b) Teaching Methods, (c) Demonstrations, (d) Research, and (e) Other. Please check the appropriate box on the online form. Contributed presentations are scheduled on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  Please submit your presentation using the Online form.  Here is the current list of presentations.

Take Fives

Register by Oct. 5

WITHIT - What in the heck is this?

Register by Oct. 5

Anyone who registers for the meeting may take 5 minutes or less to share a favorite item related to teaching physics - a demonstration, a new Web site, announcement of an upcoming event, ...  Please use the Registration form to tell us the title of your Take Five.  There may be time for a few unannounced Take Fives at the end of the last session of the day.

Do you have something in your storeroom that has you baffled?  Please bring it, place it on the designated table (with your name) so we can all look at it during the Breaks.  Please use the Registration form to tell us that you will be bringing an item.  If there are enough, we will schedule one or two sessions for the audience to figure out what these things are.  It should be fun!


Registration form - Online - Mail
Deadline for banquet and lunch reservations:  Oct. 5
Registration information - workshops  |  take-fives  |  WITHITs
                                     list of attendees  |  registration fees

Meeting Information
Springfield -
directions | campus map | area map | motels
Contributed presentations

● The Council is planning to meet at 7:30 am on Saturday.
    The Section will have a business meeting during lunch on Saturday.
Note:  The Spring 2008 meeting at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will be on Apr. 4-5, 2008.

Bill Hogan (left) receives the
2007 Distinguished Service
Citation from Dave Sykes

Don Wuebbles
"Confronting Global Warming"

Cliff Parker, "What part
of a candle burns?"

Patrick Giacomini, "Developments
in Coal Burning Power Plants"

more photos...

The chair of this meeting and local contact for checking on classroom and lab facilities is:

David Sykes, Lincoln Land Community College
217-786-2404, dave.sykes@llcc.edu

If you have any problems with submitting information via the online forms or if there are corrections to be made, contact:

David R. Renneke, 309-786-5247


Illinois Section of the AAPT
Last update:  January 5, 2008