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Physics Research & Education
Experimental Research and Labs in Physics Education
June 6-11, 2010
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

The 2010 Gordon Research Conference on Physics Research and Education, the sixth in this series of conferences, will focus on the expanding and deepening role of and connection between experimental research and laboratories in physics instruction, with particular emphasis on undergraduate education. The purpose of this conference is to have a serious discussion about cutting-edge experimental research in physics and physics education and laboratories in physics education and how students’ learning experiences can be leveraged by incorporating contemporary research in physics and physics education. The format of the conference—which will include invited plenary sessions, contributed poster presentations, and generous amounts of unscheduled time for informal discussions—is specially designed to promote dialogue and cross-fertilization of ideas between educators and researchers at the forefront of their fields, including researchers in physics education. College and university faculty, research associates (postdocs), laboratory-based physics textbook authors, curriculum and educational material developers, and graduate and undergraduate students are invited to participate.


Contributors
We are very grateful to the following supporters who provided generous funding for the Gordon Research Conference on Physics Research and Education:

Vernier Physics Lab Equipment
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Physical Society Forum on Education
American Physical Society Forum on Graduate Students Affairs
American Physical Society Department of Education

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmUndergraduate Research
Discussion Leader: John Mateja (Murray State University)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmPeter Collings (Swarthmore College)
"Undergraduate Research: Faculty Scholarship and Student Education"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmJerry Gollub (Haverford College)
"Research with Students in Nonlinear Physics"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:45 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmUpper-level Labs
Discussion Leader: Bob DeSerio (University of Florida)
9:00 am - 9:40 amMark Masters (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne)
"Using concept building laboratories to improve student research skills"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amNilgun Sungar (California Polytechnic State University)
"Capstone projects in an experimental nonlinear dynamics course"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmMark Beck (Whitman College)
"Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics in the Undergraduate Classroom and Laboratory"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmExperiments, Simulations and Modeling
Discussion Leader: Jennifer Blue (Miami University, Ohio)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmPriscilla Laws (Dickinson College)
"Enhancing Student Understanding of 1D and 2D Motions: The Role of Sequencing Topics, Kinesthetic Experience, Video Analysis, and Analytic Mathematical Modeling"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmFred Goldberg (San Diego State University)
"Integrating Experiments and Computer Simulations to Promote Learning"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmAdvanced Lab
Discussion Leader: Gabriel Spalding (Illinois Wesleyan University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJohn Brandenberger (Lawrence University)
"Teaching Innovation Through Undergraduate Research"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amAlma Zook (Pomona College)
"Helping your students to assemble their experimentalist’s toolbox, and getting your entire department to help"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmDick Peterson (Bethel University)
"Blurring the Boundary: Advanced Labs and Undergraduate Research"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPanel: Hands-on Experiments for Diverse Populations
Discussion Leader: Daniel Smith (South Carolina State University)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmPratibha Jolly (University of Delhi, India)
"PHYSWARE: A collaborative project to promote active learning in the developing world"
8:00 pm - 8:30 pmGeorge Amann (Physics Teaching Resource Agents)
"AAPT/PTRA Professional Development Program - Part of the Solution"
8:30 pm - 9:00 pmKeivan Stassun (Vanderbilt University)
"The Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program: A Model for Broadening Participation of Underrepresented Groups in the Physical Sciences"
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm Panel Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmInnovative Labs and Approaches
Discussion Leader: Nancy Beverly (Mercy College)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJoseph Amato (Colgate University)
"Using the 'Black Box' Approach to Enliven Introductory Physics Labs"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amMatthew Lang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Optical Trapping for Undergraduates"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmJan-Peter Meyn (University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, Netherlands)
"Looking at real experiments first - curricular and technical approaches for teaching elementary quantum physics"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFrontiers in Experimental Physics
Discussion Leader: Ann Silversmith (Hamilton College)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmSara Eno (University of Maryland)
"Searching for New Physics at the LHC"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmCharlie Johnson (University of Pennsylvania)
"Undergraduate Adventures in Nanotechnology: Carbon Nanotubes, Graphene, Nanoparticles, and all that"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLabs and Conceptual Learning
Discussion Leader: Homeyra Sadaghiani (California State University - Pomona)
9:00 am - 9:40 amDean Zollman (Kansas State University)
"Contemporary physics for students and teachers with limited mathematics skills"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amJohn Belcher (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Incorporating Experiments into a Studio Physics Curriculum at MIT: Mechanics and Electromagnetism"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmMacKenzie Stetzer (University of Washington)
"The role of experiments in improving conceptual understanding: Insights from research on laboratory-based instruction in introductory and more advanced courses"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Mentoring Through Research
Discussion Leader: Mel Sabella (Chicago State University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmEric Mazur (Harvard University)
"Using seminar-based instruction to convey contemporary research to undergraduates"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmHideo Mabuchi (Stanford University)
"Of milestones and mentoring: contemporary challenges in reconciling research, education, and funding"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDepart

 
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