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Spring 2009 Meeting of the Illinois Section of the AAPT

3-4, 2009
 Physics Department, Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, Illinois 61701

Astronomy POD

We are pleased to invite you to attend the spring 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 the Atrium of the Center for Natural Science (building 7 on the campus map).   At the registration desk, please pick up your temporary parking tag; this will be valid for both days. On Friday, do not park in faculty lot F2 which is across the street from CNS.  On Saturday you may park in any lot.

Invited speakers

"Recent Advances in Understanding the Youngest Protostar Systems", Leslie Looney, Department of
          Astronomy, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Banquet speaker on Friday evening
"Measuring Ancient Light", Thushara Perera, Department of Physics, Illinois Wesleyan University, Friday afternoon
"Astrochemistry and H3+", Benjamin McCall, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Astronomy,
         Affiliate in Department of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  9:30-10:15 on Saturday morning



"The Illinois Articulation Initiative for Physics Majors and iTransfer" - Panel Discussion.  Moderated by George Bart, Truman College and Michael Fortner, Northern Illinois Univ.
      Center for Natural Science (CNS) - WS005

"Hands on Astronomy" - Lew Detweiler, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Illinois Wesleyan University.  Want to brush up on your skills at finding astronomical objects through a telescope with setting circles? Topics include hands on pointing of the IWU 16" telescope, finding sidereal time, reading of star maps, using the Internet, and answering your questions.    Mark Evans Observatory

Repeat of Workshop W2.

"StarLab - a Portable Planetarium" - Don Reid, Lincolnwood High School, Raymond, IL.
This hands on workshop will include the proper use and care of the StarLab planetarium. Participants will learn how to set up and take down the StarLab, replace fuses and bulbs, and operate the projector and star field cylinders. In addition, star field cylinders will be viewed with suggestions on possible classroom /curriculum applications.     CNS Atrium


Later Friday evening

Following Dr. Looney's talk, there will an opportunity to


Watch the DVD of Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning drama "Copenhagen", directed by Howard Davies, starring Stephen Rea, Daniel Craig and Francesca Annis (117 minutes).  Introduction by Linda French, Illinois Wesleyan University.

2. Observe in the Quad with telescopes provided by two local amateur astronomers, Lee Green and Dan Miller - weather permitting

High School Teacher Award

The 2008-2009 Outstanding High School Physics Teacher Award will be awarded at the banquet on Friday evening.  The recipient is Diane Riendeau, Deerfield High School, Deerfield, Illinois. Congratulations Diane!


Call for 15 minute Contributed Presentations - Deadlines: Title (Mar. 30), Description (Mar. 30)

Contributed presentations are scheduled on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  There are six categories of presentations: (a) Active Learning, (b) Teaching Methods, (c) Demonstrations, (d) Research, (e) Student Research Symposium and (f) Other.Please check the appropriate box when you fill out the Online form.  Here is the current list of presentations.

A special reminder for students:  As in the past, this spring you have an opportunity to win an award for your contributed presentation in the Student Research Symposium.


Call for judges:  We need instructors to serve as judges for this symposium.  Please indicate on your registration form if you are willing to serve. (current list)


Take Fives

Anyone who registers for the meeting may take 5 minutes or less to share a favorite item related to teaching physics or chemistry - 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.

Registration formThe deadline for banquet and lunch reservations was Mar. 30


Alison Smith

Michael Chastain

David Wischhusen

Student Research Symposium award winners.

Diane Riendeau
HS Teacher Award

Applications of the
"Mysterious Glowing Ball".

16" telescope in the observatory

 ● The chair of this meeting and local contact for checking on classroom and lab facilities is:
     Narendra Jaggi, Physics Dept., Illinois Wesleyan University, 309-556-3418,
 ● If you have any problems with submitting information via the online forms or if there are corrections to be made,
David R. Renneke, 309-786-5247,

Illinois Section of the AAPT
Last update:  April 24, 2009













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