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Opportunity for a grant to mentor students in research

The Society for Science and the Public has an opportunity that may be of interest to some teachers. Participating in science fair competitions can spark an interest, inspire confidence, and further the education of our students. Too few under-served students have the guidance necessary to make this possible for them, so the Society for Science and the Public is enlisting the help of adults to help under-served students enter science research competitions for the first time. As part of the Advocate Grant Program, the society will award a $3,000 stipend to teachers, scientists, or mentors to provide support for under-served students where it has been lacking in the past.

These Advocates will go to Washington, D.C. to be trained on the various science research competitions that currently exist and plan out how they will assist their students throughout the application process. To access the application, please visit the online application.  Please note that the program has an application deadline of February 26.

Spring Meeting announcement and call for presentations

SCAAPT is pleased to announce that the Spring Meeting will take place April 8 at Loyola Marymount University.

Details about the meeting will be announced soon, but first we need your help to complete the schedule.  Please consider giving a presentation at the meeting.  These member-contributed presentations are what make the meeting useful. You can share an activity that you have done with your students, show off a demonstration (old or new!), describe a research study that you did on student learning, etc.  Anything that enhances teachers’ understanding of physics or physics teaching is welcomed.

To submit an abstract, complete the online submission form by March 10.


Tenure-track opening

Santa Monica College has an opening for a full-time/tenure track physics instructor.

Minimum qualifications are a master’s degree in physics, astronomy, or astrophysics OR a bachelor’s degree in physics or astronomy AND master’s degree in engineering, mathematics, meteorology, or geophyscis.

Application deadline is March 3, 2017. For more information go to <>.

Physics Instructor wanted

Santa Monica College is seeking a part-time instructor for the spring semester. The class in need of an instructor is Physics 14, a conceptual physics course with lab for non-science majors. It meets MW afternoon 4:15-6:15, and F morning 8-10. The spring semester starts February 13.

Interested parties should contact: Jamey L. Anderson, Chair of Physical Sciences.

Astronomy Lecturer Wanted

Pierce College (Woodland Hills CA) is looking for an instructor to teach an Astronomy Lecture Class M and Th from 1-2:35. The class begins February 6 and runs through June 5. Must have a masters in Physics or Astronomy. The department can provide help with syllabus, schedule, lecture slides, etc. depending on your need.

Contact Dale Fields for more information and to arrange an interview.

Physical Science Book Club

There is a new physical sciences book club at Cellar Door Books in Canyon Crest. Its goal is to have a monthly discussion of exciting popular physics books. Both the books and the discussions will be accessible to a general audience (including high school students).

Science enthusiasts of any level or background (students, teachers,… anybody!) are welcomed. More information is online: or by contacting Flip Tanedo (Assistant Professor of Physics, UC Riverside).

Local undergraduate STEM Education conference

Breaking the Boundaries of STEM Education Research
April 7th from 9:00 am – 8:30 pm at Loyola Marymount University

This NSF-funded conference is organized around discussing equity, problem solving, and the role of computing in undergraduate STEM Education. Join us for plenary talks, contributed paper talks, workshops, poster sessions, and working groups. All SoCal faculty who teach undergraduates are encouraged to attend and also present a poster at the conference!

Information for registration for the conference can be found at:

Questions can be directed to:

AP Symposium for university faculty

College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program is hosting an event for higher education science faculty in Los Angeles early next month.

The event will be held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa on Friday, February 10 from 9 am – 3 pm. This is a free event, and travel funding is available for participants outside the greater Los Angeles area—you may request travel support through the registration form.

The AP Regional Science Symposium will take an in-depth look at how the recent redesign of the AP Biology, Chemistry, and Physics 1 & 2 courses and exams may impact student preparation for introductory coursework on your campus.

Register here:

Members of each subject’s AP Development Committee will lead discussion on core pedagogical changes, exploring how AP aligns with introductory college coursework:

Gordon Uno, Professor, Dept. of Microbiology & Plant Biology, University of Oklahoma
David Yaron, Professor of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
Connie Wells, Consultant and Veteran AP Physics Teacher

The event will be especially useful for higher education faculty who teach introductory courses in these disciplines, or who make decisions about AP credit and placement for their departments. Participants will leave with a better understanding of student preparation in their discipline, network with colleagues from other campuses in the region, and receive access to AP curriculum and assessment materials, as well as data on AP student performance.

Adjunct Physics Instructor Needed

L. A. Mission College in Sylmar (San Fernando Valley) is looking for a physics instructor to teach an algebra-based Electricity and Magnetism course (lecture only) for the Spring 2017 semester. Class time would be three hours Monday evenings. Candidate must meet the standard minimum qualifications for the LACCD.
Contact: Richard Rains,, 818-364-7702

Astronomy Instructor Needed

The Department of Physics and Engineering at Los Angeles City College has a vacancy for an Astronomy Instructor to teach a lecture based Astronomy 1 course in the Spring 2017 semester (Feb 6th to June 5th).

If you are interested in this position, please contact Jayesh Bhakta (Dept. Chair) via email ( or phone (323-953-4000 X 2923) for more details.